Good Celtic tunes with a strong, driving beat for hard rock drummer

Good Celtic tunes with a strong, driving beat for hard rock drummer

Hello

We have a hard rock drummer in our extended family, and I’d like to introduce him to Celtic music by getting him to play along with his full drum kit to some of our tunes. (This isn’t for Celtic sessions, it’s just for home). He doesn’t seem interested in taking up the bodhran.

These are my picks so far to get him interested. Any other suggestions? Thanks.

Last of the Mohicans
Tam Lin
Athol Highlanders
Bog down in the valley
100 pipers

Re: Good Celtic tunes with a strong, driving beat for hard rock drummer

She moved through the fair. Danny boy, The rocky garden. Mary come up to Caherciveen. The Gosun on the mountain.

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Re: Good Celtic tunes with a strong, driving beat for hard rock drummer

There are any number of great bands that have incorporated a hard rock rhythm section. YouTube will be your best source to track them down. One will lead to another once YouTube figures out your interest.

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Re. “Music to get him interested”, check out the Scottish band Mec Lir. Eg:
https://youtu.be/e3X0wDcsxfM


They play trad tunes in an upbeat/driving fashion, often with a drummer.

For a more famous one, rocky road to Dublin Is a common one that often has percussion in performances: https://youtu.be/0QdbeM2JWYE

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Hi Loren

I don’t know if these fit your requirements but here are a few links for you.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RFP0ymJbbI0


You would be going to a Céilí at The Liverpool Irish Centre, pure trad sessions through the week, and had Horslips blasting out of the radio (in Liverpool there was a perfect reception for RTE!)

And, of course, Steeleye Span did so much for music in general.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3zzwbYyvWiU


There are many more avenues for your drummer, I’m sure.

Keep safe and well
All the best
Brian x

Re: Good Celtic tunes with a strong, driving beat for hard rock drummer

While Goose’s suggestions are obviously jokes, I like all the recommendations here. Not particularly heavy, but there are a few tracks by the Bothy Band which might be worth a listen for him too.

As an aside, one of the ways by which I got into Irish fiddle was actually by listening to a French-Canadian band called Grand Dérangement. Their fiddler, Daniel LeBlanc, is very good, and their stuff, while often composed by the band, often has a rock feel, and they do percussion either through drums or through their version of stepdancing. Their live album is particularly heavy with good instrumental tracks to try, but if you can get past the French, any of their albums would do.

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It might also be worth having a listen to Fairport Convention (Liege & Leaf era) and Five Hand Reel - I don’t know if the CM re-releases are still available but the recordings are on Spotify.

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“Four on the floor” for yer hard rock man, so many reels and polkas will work fine.
Star of the County Down (the 4/4 version).

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Anything by Scottish band Wolfstone would be good.

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Seeing as there are some great suggestions in here for Irish music, I would also like to suggest some Scottish puirt-à-beul (mouth music) tracks that, as a bodhrán player myself, can be such fun to practice to as they’re always very upbeat. They may not be “heavy” as in heavy metal, but they are upbeat and challenging, and I think a drummer can appreciate that.

Here are a few examples (the most rock-ish ones I could find), but feel free to scour the Internet for more of these—or let me know if you want more recommendations. 🙂

https://youtu.be/wdWhDIkpOhY


This is another good one that has a pretty decent rock feel.

https://youtu.be/0jlcXUtOKVc


If you need any other recommendations, let me know! I think these should work nicely.

~ A.F.

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AB, I just took a listen and couldn’t stop laughing for a minute or two. Well played. 🤣

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Is this a windup, Irish music IMHO does not want rock drummers. Has this drummer been abandoned by all the rock bands, and is just trying to jump on the wagon. He could listen to a few Indian ragas maybe.

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Thank you for all the suggestions. Just to clarify, I was basically after session tunes with a good driving beat, similar to the ones I thought would suit in my opening post. Sorry, I should have made this clearer. I can only sight read though (can’t play by ear), so I would need to download the sheet music, hopefully from this site.

I just thought it would be nice if the family could all have a bit of a session together, as most of us are all fairly musical in one way or other.

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I definitely know what you mean. Good luck on the family session, and I hope the recommendations prove to be helpful. 🙂

~ A.F.

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Pretty much ALL session tunes have a compelling rhythm, it’s dance music. You might want to throw some slip jigs at your hard rock drummer, just to mess with him.

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Loren, I’m hesitant to offer an example in which I was fortunate enough to be a part of. But, the incredibly experienced recording artist David Page played djembe on this all acoustic live track. He is trading licks with Steve Peavy playing the drumhead of the tenor banjo. David’s driving rhythm would have to speak to anyone who is interested in rock drumming.

https://youtu.be/zG-Xy9nagYA