I like to listen to music when I write. As I only write historical fiction, for every new novel, I create a playlist to have on in the background when I work. Some, or sometimes most, of the songs are from the era which I am writing about, naturally. However, I also include modern songs that evoke the characters, themes, or mood of the book. As you can probably tell by the title, music is a central part of Molly’s Song. Several period songs are either referenced or even sung in the novel. I’m going to share the playlist with you here with links to where you can listen, should you choose to do so. A * after the title indicates that the song is a period one that also appears in the book, in some fashion.
Runaway Train by Soul Asylum. Link.
Young Trooper Cut Down in His Prime as performed by Laura Smyth and Ted Kemp. Link.
Annie Laurie* as performed by John McCormack. Link.
Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier* as performed by Suzy Boggus. Link.
Siuil a Ruin* as performed by Connie Dover. Link.
Ar Éirinn ní nesfainn cé hí by Dervish. (If the book gets made into a TV/Streaming series, this is what I want as the theme song). Link.
I’ll Twine Mid The Ringlets* as performed by Robin and Linda Williams. Link.
The Irish Jaunting Car* as performed by Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones. Link.
A Nation Once Again* as performed by the Dubliners. Link.
Lorena* as performed by Tom Roush. Link.
The Maid of Amsterdam* as performed by the Shantymen. Link.
New York Girls as performed by Finbar Furey. Link.
Bell Bottomed Trousers as performed by Salty Dick. Link. Warning! Explicit!
A Long December by the Counting Crows. Link.
Until We Meet Again by Flogging Molly. Link.
She Moved Through The Fair as performed by Maria McCool. Link.
I’ll Tell Me Ma as performed by the Young Dubliners. Link.
Galway Girl as performed by the High Kings. Link.
The Peeler And The Goat* as performed by the Wolfe Tones. Link.
The Fields of Athenry as performed by the Dropkick Murphys. Link.
The Black Velvet Band as performed by the Dubliners. Link.
Paddy’s Lament as performed by Flogging Molly. Link.
The Leaving of Liverpool as performed by The Pogues. Link.
Dirty Old Town by The Pogues. Link.
Free and Green by David Kincaid. Link.