Long Live Irish Music
Ireland, ringed by both the Celtic and Irish Seas as well as the Atlantic, is a country known for its furry emerald moss and lush vegetation. The name of its famous capital is derived from the Gaelic words “dubh linn” that mean “black pool,” which is how the dazzling water surrounding Dublin must have looked to early inhabitants. Ireland’s ancient castles and bagpipes define it, yet about half of Dublin is populated by young people in their twenties. New and old synthesize in this boldly distinctive part of north-western Europe, so if you’re just familiar with a few traditional ballads and Bono’s most chart topping choruses, you’re just scratching the surface when it comes to the groovy complexity of Irish music.
The Dubliners, who drew avid fans when they performed around the city in the 60s, got their name from the cutting edge novel by James Joyce. Their song, “Whiskey in the Jar,” might have the old fashioned sound of yesteryear’s pub standards but is the DNA for anarchic songs by The Pogues, the legendary eighties band who opened for the Clash in 1984 and incorporated instruments such as mandolins and accordions into riotous punk tunes.
Beoga hails from County Limerick. Their 2007 album “Mischief,” one of the most listened to in Ireland that year, also drew viral levels of enthusiasm in Germany. While their sound is deeply derived from folk music, they pull inspiration from the blues, jazz and New Orleans Mardi Gras mayhem. Still, the track “Dolan 6am” from their album “How to Tune a Fish” is an example of what the band describes as “pure drop,” a term wide open to interpretation that alludes to the art of keeping it real.
Last but not least, say what you want about the unforgivably stellar success of U2, but they’re a band that can transform a mega stadium into a country of under 5 million with a hard knocks past into a bird with its wings spread rising.