Aslan front man Christy Dignam captivated the Late Late Show audience with an emotive rendition of Waltzing Matilda.
The singer also performed Gilbert O’Sullivan’s Alone Again Naturally before talking to host Ryan Tubridy about his parents, grandparents and his own health.
Speaking about Waltzing Matilda, Dignam said that the song was significance to him as his grandfather had fought in World War One.
“When I learned that song years ago, it really resonated with me and I didn’t know why,” he said.
“[My grandfather] went over with an Irish regiment to Gallipoli. I think there were around 2,000 of them, and only 11 came back… When I hear 1916, it fills me with pride because I’m Irish.
“My grandad used to get dressed up for memorial day with the poppy and he’d walk from Dominic Street to the Garden of Remembrance in Inchicore and when he would come home he’d be covered in spit. He was seen as a traitor.”
He added that singing such emotionally charged songs is “in our DNA”.
The singer also spoke about the All Ireland final and his health on the chat show.
Dignam also discussed his teeth which he said had deteriorated through a combination of recent chemotherapy and “from years ago not looking after [himself]“.
The dentist who fixed Dignam’s teeth also worked on Shane MacGowan’s teeth.
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