Thursday, August 13, 2009

Flashback to Irish music, spurred on by Gary Thomas

Back in March, I wrote at some length in an attempt to give some idea of the leading practitioners of Irish music. Reading Gary's two recent posts from Great Britain--and in particular his reference to the old Irish singing tradition--triggered the internal soundtrack in my brain, and some of those artists are playing and singing away there even as I type.

If anyone is so inclined, please go back to see my review of the Chieftain's concert in Washington, as well as the update in which Gary make some comments on the richness of Irish music. Also to my ruminations on St. Patrick's Day itself, with numerous links to the recorded music of a whole range of Irish artists--The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, the Dubliners, Planxty, the Bothy Band, Clannad, and the Pogues.

Meanwhile, we will wait for Gary's final despatch from Broadstairs. . . .

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