Thursday, March 17, 2016
A little Irish music for St Patrick's Day
This is my favorite Irish traditional music band, Altan. I have most of their records. I saw them in Atlanta once and also was in a pub in Donegal where two of the members were sitting in on a session (and they played the first song on this video). They're not as flashy as Lunasa (another favorite group) or as "commercial" as The Chieftans - just great, professional musicians immersed in traditional music who play so well together.
Here's a slow song and a dance tune:
This band was one of the great bands from the 1970s - Planxty. Here are three reels from them:
And the great, influential Bothy Band playing "The Laurel Tree" from 1977:
Happy St Patrick's Day!