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 Finding the Source of Traditional Irish Music 

           The Irish are known for many things, but none more attractive than their wonderful traditional music. You can hear it played impromptu in the streets by itinerant musicians, or at organized warm weather festivals from late March into November. It inevitably belongs to the atmosphere at fairs, celebrations, or public events of most kinds. Indeed, Irish music remains at the crest of a wave of popularity unparalleled by other national folk music types in this age of mass-merchandised music.
           Visitors to Ireland can easily experience traditional Irish music. In Ireland you will want to watch for fleadh cheoils, music festivals, which occur virtually every week from early spring until mid-autumn. Here you will find organized performances of music, singing and dancing and spontaneous performances, too.
           Much of the music will seem vaguely familiar to most American visitors for two reasons. Millions of Irish emigrated to America in the last 150 years and brought Irish music with them, and much of our bluegrass (and, hence, country, and, therefore pop and rock) music can be traced to Scotch-Irish roots from the earliest waves of settlement of the American colonies.

           One of the hallmarks of Irish music is audience participation. Nowhere is that more possible or more enjoyable than in an Irish pub on traditional Irish music nights. Pub music with Irish folk instruments, especially the fiddle, guitar, concertina, flute, accordion, and bodhran (the Irish one-handed drum), is an infectious mix of ballads, drinking songs, lullabies, reels, and patriotic songs, many with choruses that invite enthusiastic singing along.

Bodhran.

Larkins Pub, Garrykennedy. Photo © Home At First.
LARKIN'S PUB IN GARRYKENNEDY, COUNTY TIPPERARY.
HOME OF REGULAR LIVELY TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSIONS, AND GOOD FOOD AND DRINK. LARKIN'S IS
ONE OF MANY SUCH INTIMATE LOCATIONS WHERE
HOME AT FIRST GUESTS CAN DISCOVER AND ENJOY
ONE OF IRELAND'S AUTHENTIC ORIGINAL CULTURAL CONTRIBUTIONS.

           Irish music and instruments have reached some popular prominence not only with internationally known traditional Irish folk acts, like the Chieftans, but also with elaborate dance and music productions like "River Dance", pop acts like The Pogues, and rock acts like U2 and Thin Lizzy and even Metallica. Typical may be the Corrs, whose emergence in 1999 onto the international scene brought a fresh look at old themes.
        "The music reflects something about the Irish people as a whole," says violinist/singer Sharon Corr. "The Irish have a lot of hope, despite all the troubles they’ve gone through over the years. They’ve always known how to laugh and have fun. That’s where the tradition of up-tempo Irish music and dancing comes

 

from. But there’s that mystical, haunting

sound as well, which reflects the Irish environment."

        "There is a certain paradox about it," adds younger sister Andrea Corr, lead singer and tin whistle maestro. "It’s a hopeful sadness."

Traditional Irish music is heard all over HOME AT FIRST's IRELAND.
After all, it wouldn't be Ireland without it!

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