Uisce Beatha (band)

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Uisce Beatha was a Canadian folk rock band in the 1990s. Formed in London, Ontario, the band consisted of Alan Glen on lead vocals and banjo, John Glen on mandolin and tin whistle, Paul Meadows on fiddle and harp, Damian Morrissy on bass guitar, Doug Watt on guitar and Marty Coles on drums later replaced by ex Gurriers drummer Patrick McLaughlin. The band took its name from uisce beatha, the traditional Irish name for whisky (literally "water of life" in Irish Gaelic).

The band's best-known song was "Drinking with the Lord", a parody of the Christian hymn "Lord of the Dance" as a drinking song.

The band released two albums as Uisce Beatha, and were a popular draw on the Canadian folk festival circuit. They were sued in 1997 by a Scottish distillery over rights to the band name, and subsequently changed their name to Red. They released one album under that name, but subsequently broke up.