30 Minus 2 Days of Writing: Music (16/28)

Feb 16

A trio performing some traditional Irish songs. This was at a pub in Ireland in 2010.

I’ve found as I’ve aged, my musical tastes have changed. Though I still like a lot of what I once did, I’ve really started to like other things.

There are certain types of music I don’t get into — hardcore rap, heavy metal, blues and a few others. Otherwise, I’m pretty diverse with my tastes. I like anything from classical, to pop 40, to country to 80s rock and more.

But in the past several years, I’ve gotten into folk music, and more specifically Irish folk and drinking music.

It truly is awesome stuff.

When I took a trip to Dublin in 2010, I had the chance to watch many bands play in pubs. I loved the sounds, the emotion and the way the bar patrons really got into it.

There’s actually some pretty solid Irish-style bands in the upstate New York area. One of them is the Dady Brothers, who I love to see any chance I get. They’ve performed in our area a few times and I’ve really gotten into them. I last saw them on New Year’s Eve and their website shows they’ll be in the area March 2 for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration (yes, a bit before the big day… but it’s all good!), so I hope to see them then as well.

Pretty much, though, if there’s a good Irish folk band, I’m into going. Even more modern ones, I’m all in for it.

There’s something about the music. Even the sad songs seem like they can make you happy. Or at least want to drink a few more cordials! There’s truly nothing like sitting in an Irish pub with a pint of Guinness and singing along — with the rest of the bar patrons — and just having a good time.

It’s really a nice way to go about life.

I’ll leave you with a video of the band from Ireland — the ones pictured at the top of this post. The video quality is tough (it was dark), but I think it sounds OK.

If not, have a couple pints of the black stuff. It’ll sound just fine then.

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  1. Sounds like an awesome trip, P.J. and the trio was really good. I didn’t even have to drink a couple of pints to enjoy them. :-)
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    • The trip was one of the best I’ve ever taken and I hope to get to do it again one day. And these guys were definitely good enough to not need the pints first! 😉
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  2. I actually don’t know much folk music…. you make me want to start youtubing it!

    Jealous of your trip…. can I go next time!?
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  3. Hey P.J.! I’ve been in a few Irish pubs in my time, and it’s always the music I remember. Indigo
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  4. We used to go to an Irish restaurant and listen to Irish music. We knew the guy who played there from when my hubby took guitar lessons from him. He has a great voice and does justice to the Irish songs. Sadly, that restaurant is no longer in existence.
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    • It’s a shame it’s no longer there. Always nice when there’s a nice place to eat and listen to good music.

  5. It sounds like you had a great trip. :) I really like traditional Irish music, too, and in fact one of my very best friends plays in a band that plays traditional Irish music. I try to see them play as often as I can, the atmosphere is always amazing.
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    • It truly was a wonderful trip. I could have used some extra time to spend a few more hours in some of those pubs. 😉

  6. The Pogues and the Chieftains are a couple of Irish groups I enjoy.
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  7. I haven’t had much opportunity to listen to Irish folk, but I think I understand why you love it so much. Pass me a pint of Guinness and let’s listen to some more of this, P.J. :)
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  8. You’re right, PJ… there’s nothing finer than sitting in an Irish pub with a pint of Guinness and listening to the entire establishment break out in song!
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