Rock/Soul/Prog, Spring 2008

Irish music vs. St. Patrick’s Day

March 18th, 2008 by · 2 Comments

My mom is a traditional Irish musician, so I grew up hearing legit, authentic Irish music from legends in that community – Frankie Gavin, Tommy Peoples, and Martin Hayes, to name a few. These musicians are all completely unknown to the drunken masses of St. Patrick’s Day revelers flooding ShamrockFest in DC and dying rivers green in Chicago. While a few of the more popular contemporary Irish bands make a genuine effort to honor the tradition and culture of Irish folk music (Scythian is one moderately popular band who I believe does this fairly well), the vast majority of so-called “Irish” bands today are rock bands using Irish music simply as a way to distinguish themselves as “different.” Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys are the two most egregious offenders of this. I find both these bands moderately enjoyable in their own right, as rock bands. However – Irish, they are not. These groups selected the most stereotypical, overplayed traditional Irish bar songs they could have found – this approach is effective, I suppose, when your main audience is drunk college students with an Irish great-grandparent. However, every real Irish musician I have ever met approaches these Irish rock bands, as well as the whole hysterical Irish-American revelry of St. Patrick’s day in America, with scorn and contempt. 

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