As someone with red hair, people are often surprised that I’m Irish (actually, I’m not entirely kidding when I say that). What generally does surprise people, though, is that I’m not big on music in the style of the mother country. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve never been a fan of that style of music, and I’m quite possibly the only Irish person I know who isn’t. So, in honor of today, I’ll share with you the one song in the Celtic style that I can really get into.

The Pogues: “Lorca’s Novena” (download)

I’m not even entirely sure what it is about this song that makes me like it more than I like other songs by Irish bands, or other songs by the Pogues for that matter, but I do. Fickle, I know.

Irish coffee and Irish carbombs, on the other hand…