March is one of my favorite months.
For many reasons: changing of the seasons, rain (yes, I love the rain!), St. Patricks Day and IRISH MUSIC!
For some context, I started playing violin in 2nd grade. It was standard Suzuki stuff and other classical exercises, but over the next few years I got introduced to traditional Irish music through some of my dad’s musician friends who jammed out on the porch of a local coffee house and I. WAS. HOOKED! My family is in no way shape or form Irish or Scottish in anyway (being tall, blonde and blue eyed we are sort of super Germanic!) but I fell in love with the lilting precision of the music and the melancholy mythos of the culture.
My dad played old time and bluegrass music but with my classical training I could never get the same shuffling sound that made his music really great. But traditional Irish music is all about speed and precision of notes, something I could do and work towards. My dad and his friends would joke that if I led the song we’d end twice as fast as we’d started.
Life and physical ailments has led me away from playing music as much as I used to but it has left me with a keen sense of appreciation for that music and so every March I pull out ALL of my Celtic inspired music and jam out as spring arrives in all her blustery glory!
Here are some bands to include for your own St. Patrick’s Day March Mix!
- Gaelic Storm (Bring Yer Wellies is my particular favorite)
- Dropkick Murphy’s (not traditional music but fun nonetheless)
- The Pogues
- Flogging Molly (some of their tunes have good fiddlin’)
- James Kelly
Any Irish bands or musicians you like in particular?