Irish Music That Doesn't SuckDownload Audio
Irish Music That Doesn't Suck
For a long long while, I thought I didn't like the music of my own Irish culture. That's because I had never heard it. What I had heard instead was a very Americanized version of Irish music. It was hokey, overly cheerful, and often from a genre I would call glass-clinking music. It was music to drink beer with.
When I heard real Irish traditional music and some of the progressive embellishments on it, I was transported. Some of my early introduction came through Green Linnet Records and public radio "Thistle and Shamrock" program.
But hearing it live in Dublin ... well, that was a baptism. Traveling around Ireland, you won't always find it easy to hear "trad" as they call it. On a Saturday night in Sligo, there's a better chance to hear American country and western in five different pubs. You might be better off staying here. We'll tell you why on today's show.
Songs Heard Today:
- "Pastures of Plenty" (Album: Reunion: A Decade of Solas)
- “The Lover’s Token” (Album: The Thrush In The Storm)
- "Glanfaidh Me" (Album: Luna Park)
- "Mhorag's Na Horó Gheallaidh" (Album: Clannad- Live at Christ Church Cathedral)
- "Morning Nightcap" (New Version) (Album: The Story So Far … )