In keeping with the St. Patrick's Day tradition, I present you three stellar and captivating artists whose music is often defined as energetic, joyful, and humorous. Debates aside, I think its safe to say that celtic folk music - and the closely related genre of bluegrass - acts as a particularly unique catalyst for people to gather in love for song and dance. I've had the special fortune of seeing each of these artists perform live, partaking in that singular pleasure of being in tune...right in tune... with the rhythmn and melody, never wanting it to cease. Imagine that feeling akin to what a runner experiences when reaching that state where body and movement transcend immediate surroundings.
What's the difference between a jig and a reel you say? Check out the traditional celtic pub band Dervish peforming live in the mid-1990's Donegal, Ireland:
Tim O'Brien has always been a Cavan County man. Here he teams up with the Chieftains to perform live Shady Grove (Trad):
Lisa Hannigan is a rising star in the world of modern celtic-folk and indie rock. She effortlessly blends the new with the traditional in her amazing song entitled "I Don't Know" performed impromptu live in Dingle, Ireland:
Where to find live celtic music in northern MN?
Brigid's Irish Cross- Bemidji, MN
Dubh Linn Irish Pub- Duluth, MN
Carmody Irish Pub- Duluth, MN
May God give you...
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.
"Éirinn go Brách"!