Heard on the Hill: Beer Bonding

Posted May 4, 2011 at 6:00pm

Reps. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) and Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) don’t always agree on the issues, but they’ve been able to find some common ground — an Irish drinking song.

The two showed off their musical skills at Tuesday night’s “An Evening With Celtic Chefs,” sponsored by the Washington Ireland Program. They performed “Here’s a Health to the Company,” an Irish ballad about drinking with friends.

Crowley played the guitar while Murphy sang and taught the room the chorus: “Here’s a health to the company and one for my lass/Let’s drink and be merry all out of one glass/Let’s drink and be merry, all grief to refrain/For we may nor might never all meet here again.”

When they sang through the chorus the first time, Murphy said, “If you’re going to do a serious Irish drinking song, you’ve got to really belt it out.”

He also joked that the song would soon be out on CD. If that’s the case, then it might be in competition for the top Congressional record with “A Little Revival,” the single released a few weeks ago by Reps. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.), Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.) and Crowley.

Afterward, Murphy revealed he and Crowley hadn’t practiced. He just sang the song in Crowley’s ear, and Crowley came up with the chords.

“We hire out for weddings and bar mitzvahs,” Murphy told HOH.

Asked about future gigs, Crowley said, “Well, I have my day job that I want to keep. I’ll focus on that one more than my night one.”

Listen to Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) teach a crowd how to sing an Irish drinking song. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) plays guitar.