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Heard on the Hill: Beer Bonding

Reps. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) and Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) dont always agree on the issues, but theyve been able to find some common ground an Irish drinking song.

The two showed off their musical skills at Tuesday nights An Evening With Celtic Chefs, sponsored by the Washington Ireland Program. They performed Heres 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: Heres a health to the company and one for my lass/Lets drink and be merry all out of one glass/Lets 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 youre going to do a serious Irish drinking song, youve got to really belt it out.

He also joked that the song would soon be out on CD. If thats 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 hadnt practiced. He just sang the song in Crowleys 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. Ill 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.

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