The Irish in America

Day Nine: Natalie Merchant

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NatalieMerchantI have some music for you this lovely Sunday. I was taking a trip down memory lane last night and remembered how much I love Natalie Merchant. She was in the band 10,000 Maniacs in the 1980s-1990s and has had a great solo career.

Wikipedia tells me that Natalie Merchant’s maternal grandfather was Irish. I was glad to read that because it gives me an excuse to share a few of my favorite tunes today and include Natalie Merchant on my list of Irish American Favorites!

The first time I heard Natalie was when Regan brought a couple of 10,000 Maniacs cassette tapes home from college at Christmas. Yeah, cassette tapes, I am that old!

Natalie was my late 1980s style icon. Come to think of it, she still is. Unfortunately, I still haven’t got it right…

This song always gives me goose bumps..

And when my memoir hits the silver screen, this one will definitely be on the soundtrack…


Author: Aine

I live in Saint Paul, Minnesota. My heritage pretty much covers the map of Ireland: great-great-grandparents from Cork (Crowley, Foley, Regan), a great-great-grandmother from Clare (Quinn), a great-great-grandfather from Fermanagh (McMahon) and his wife's parents from Mayo (McAndrew), a great-grandmother from Connemara (Hannon) married to my great-grandfather from Laois (McCormack), great-grandparents from Sligo (Flannery), and a great-grandmother from Kildare (Hill). All of those people ended up in Minnesota, where my four grandparents were born. Three and four generations after my people left Ireland for America, I retain all Irish heritage. So much for the melting pot...

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