Happy St. Patrick’s Day! A Post On Irish Music

While I do know a bit about the history of Irish music, especially when it comes to the dances since my best friend growing up participated in them, I do wish I knew more. I guess that’s what’s nice about this blog, I get to share memories and learn a lot more about music and musicians. This post will talk a little about the history of Irish music and look back at the Irish musicians I have in the collection.

Oh and for those of you not familiar with the holiday since you live abroad, we’ll cover judge a smidge on the history of the holiday!

Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration held on March 17th, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church, and Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilithe, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. Christians also attend church services and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday’s tradition of alcohol consumption.

The indigenous music of the island is termed Irish traditional music. It has remained vibrant through the 20th, and into the 21st century, despite globalizing cultural forces. In spite of emigration and a well-developed connection to music influences from Britain and the United States, Irish music has kept many of its traditional aspects and has itself influenced many forms of music, such as country and roots music in the USA, which in turn have had some influence on modern rock music. It has occasionally been fused with rock and roll, punk and rock and other genres. Some of these fusion artists have attained mainstream success, at home and abroad.

In recent decades Irish music in many different genres has been very successful internationally. However, the most successful genres have been rock, popular and traditional fusion, with performers such as: Rita Connolly, The Cranberries, Enya, Bob Geldof and The Boomtown Rats, Richard Harris, Andy Irvine, Van Morrison, Sinéad O’Connor, U2, and so many more achieving success nationally and internationally.

Some of the above mentioned artists, I don’t have yet on vinyl, but I would love to. I try to keep a good international selection in my collection and there’s a lot more that I could buy to represent Ireland. As you may know, I have U2, Sinéad, Bob Geldof and Van Morrison, so please use the tags to explore what singles and songs are in the collection.

For Bostonians, especially Irish ones, one tradition is seeing the Dropkick Murphys. I’ve never been as I’m kind of a bandwagon fan, knowing only their most popular songs (although those get me for their ties to Boston) but I did baby sit for my friends the other night so they could see the annual St. Patrick’s Day show.

I got a picture sent from the show to prove the new mom was having fun so check it out!


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