Why Irish Music?
Here’s a question for the non-Ireland countries: why does traditional Irish Music hold a fascination for so many?
Maybe it’s just my area of the country, but when it comes to celebrating Irish culture, ITM is never far behind. You could go to a session almost every day of the week. There are numerous schools of Irish dance. A pretty large number of local groups playing the old songs. At least two festivals of Irish music during the year within a day’s drive.
This in stark contrast to, say, Italian culture, where you’ll likely get Sinatra and Dean Martin and MAYBE the tarantella. Or Italian opera, but that really only represents the Italian gentry. Other than being of Italian descent I don’t know how Sinatra made his was so deeply into Italian-American culture. My wife even went searching for the music of the Italian countryside (looking for the Italian equivalent of ITM) but had a hard time.
Sorry I’m rambling. Anyway even with the most pop or punk Irish stuff there seems to an effort to meld with the traditional. The Pogues, Dropkick Murphy’s, etc. can EASILY be gateways to The Dubliners, and before you know its you’ve got a few hornpipes and reels under your belt.
In the words of Walter Sobchak, "Am I wrong?"