Man, this is already in the running for best cover of 2023.
Back in 2000, the great Steve Earle dropped “The Galway Girl,” which was also featured on his Transcendental Blues album. Written by Earle, along with Sharon Shannon, the song has been covered various times, but overall, went on to become one of the biggest hits in Irish music history.
Mundy and Sharon Shannon reached the top of the charts in 2008 with their version, and it’s also been recorded by groups like Fiddler’s Green, Celtic Thunder, The Elders, and more.
It’s all about falling in love with, and getting your heartbroken by an Irish girl.
Here’s a look at the second chorus:
“And I ask you, friend, what’s a fella to do?
Because her hair was black and her eyes were blue I took her hand and I give her a twirl
And I lost my heart to a Galway girl…”
The vocal combination between Abbott and Shane Smith are incredible on this song, not to mention, the fiddle work on this song takes it to a whole different level. With about 40 seconds left, the fiddle player goes all out and has a solo all to himself.
Last year, Josh released a project called, Josh Abbott and Friends: Volume 1, which features a number of stellar artists, like William Clark Green, Charlie Shafter, John Baumann, Erik Dylan, Flatland Cavalry, and Jamie Lin Wilson teaming up on a series of great cover songs.
This appears to be our first taste of Volume 2.
Needless to say, this is one that will have you wanting to jump up off your couch and dance.