From the recording Family, Friends, Choices, & Memories
The rebellion of Easter Rising, in 1916, was one of the most dramatic events of the Irish Revolution. In most European countries, songs were inspired by political events, but few of them, if any, were retained by tradition. Sometimes, however, particularly when a fight for independence had been a long and hard one coinciding with a strong current of folk singing, a certain number of such songs or ballads survived. This is an instrumental rendition of this well known song.