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Day Nine: Natalie Merchant

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!

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DAY 20: The Black Velvet Band

Album: When Justice Came by The Black Velvet Band.

The minute Regan came home from college at Christmas with this cassette tape (it was the late Eighties, after all) I fell in love with it. Regan saw The Black Velvet Band when they opened for 10.000 Maniacs. Those were the days of great music…

Hope you enjoy this song. It is definitely on my all-time Irish favorites list.