If there is one song that rock bands visiting Ireland assuredly know will lift up an audience rollercoaster-style and then drop them to the ground, then it is “Whiskey in the Jar.” Best known by generations of music lovers through Thin Lizzy’s boisterous rendition (which gave the band their
Christy Moore, one of the most inspirational musicians Ireland has ever produced, has been a key part of the evolution of modern Irish roots music for more than half a century. He is a superb interpreter of songs by other musicians, and a compelling solo performer, acclaimed for his own
RavensFire, a local group that’s toured Ireland twice, plays traditional Irish music, folk songs, instrumentals and originals. The band includes Larry and Melissa Schmidt on guitar, whistle, mandolin and vocals; Judy Havelick on bodhrán and vocals; and her husband, Guy, tending to the band’s technical needs.
“Being entertainers, it’s part
St. Patrick’s Day is almost upon us, and with it Emerald Isle-inspired St. Patrick’s Day decorations, Irish-themed crafts and games and maybe even some green cocktails. No matter what you have lined up to celebrate the day when everybody is Irish—be it a meal of corned beef and cabbage or
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In many ways, the sound of Irish music is as distinct as the country’s signature brogue. In Ireland’s folk music, instruments such as the tin whistle, uilleann pipes, and banjo, are used to create winsome soundscapes, while singers are tasked with carrying melodies and lyrics