Traditional Irish music is a staple of Irish pubs. Big cities like Dublin and small towns like Blarney all celebrate through music. And according to TrdConnect, a website connecting traditional musicians from the United States and Canada, the popularity of traditional Irish sessions has spread to 40 of the 50 United States.
Whether it’s the Dubliners, Clancy Brothers, Irish Rovers or Riverdance, Irish culture has never been more popular than it is today. And it swells every March as St. Patrick’s Day approaches.
Traveling bands bring music to the Irish diaspora, Irish pubs offer weekly sessions for professionals and lay musicians, and some collections of people of Irish descent and those who just love a good reel congregate in homes. to share tunes and play.
While I seek out those who play, I also know many who play for the sake of playing. It’s their way of keeping the tunes alive, the instruments singing and the harmonies blending together. And as St. Patrick’s Day approaches this year, many frustrated musicians who have had to give up playing due to the pandemic are once again coming together to sing, play and celebrate their love of a good Irish tune.
While they’re easy to find in big cities, you might have to search a bit to find them in smaller towns, but even in Reno, Nevada, musicians are willing to share their music despite the pandemic separated them.
So look around in your own city. Chances are you’ll find the same thing. And you can enjoy some traditional tunes and songs and meet some of Reno’s Irish musicians in the link below on Erin’s Island. Erin goes Bragh!
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