Add These 4 Artists to Your St. Patrick's Day Playlist
No matter if your family is from Ireland or somewhere else, St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect day to celebrate all things Irish. When you’re partying with some green beer and corned beef, consider adding one of these popular Irish bands, influenced by traditional music, to your playlist.
We Banjo 3
Hailing from Galway on Ireland’s west coast, We Banjo 3 is one of the breakout Irish bands of the past decade. The band’s members are two sets of brothers: Enda and Fergal Scahill and Martin and David Howley. Its sound blends Irish music with American bluegrass, with its last two records, “Haven” and “Roots to Rise Live,” nabbing the top spot on the Billboard Bluegrass Album charts. Its 2016 release, “String Theory,” was the band’s first number one, earning its spot on the Billboard World list. While the newer releases have good songs and tunes on them, consider their older albums “Roots of the Banjo Tree” or “Gather The Good” for a more traditional Irish sound.
Socks in the Frying Pan
While We Banjo 3’s time touring the United States has brought bluegrass into their sound, Socks in the Frying Pan of County Clare has stayed true to their Irish upbringing. The trio is made up of Aodan Coyne and brothers Shane and Fiachra Hayes. The band has won multiple awards, including New Group of the Year from the Live Ireland Awards in 2014 and the Irish Music Association’s Best Accordion Player for Shane in 2015. All four of their albums are ideal for St. Patrick’s Day, but consider listening to their latest release, “Raw & Ril (Live),” to hear some of the band’s trademark humor between tracks.
Many bands on this list come from The Republic of Ireland, but Cuig gets its sound from Northern Ireland. It is a five-piece band that takes Irish sounds and brings them into the 21st century with a full drum kit that accompanies more traditional instruments like a button accordion, fiddle, banjo and uilleann pipes. Miceal Mullen, Ronan Stewart, Eoin Murphy, Ruairi Stewart and Cathal Murphy have released two albums together called “New Landscapes” and “The Theory of Chaos.” Irish American News gave their stamp of approval with the Best New Irish Band award for 2016, so give them a try for a new sound on your playlists.
If you prefer to listen to indie songwriters when it’s not St. Patrick’s Day, check out the music of Aoife Scott. She is a member of Ireland’s famous Black family of musicians, and her songs range from traditional favorites to new creations. At home in Ireland, her songs have taken the likes of Ed Sheeran off the top spot of the charts. The Irish Post Music Awards awarded her with Best Folk Act, and in late 2019 her single “December Letter” won the American Listener Supported Celtic Music Award for best single.
If you listen to these Irish artists and like their songs, look up the closest Irish festival to you this summer. Many of those acts tour in the United States and play multiple stops on that circuit.
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