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Have an Irish song and dance

  • Have an Irish song and dance
    Summary: Meanwhile, Mumbai can soak in some good traditional Irish music, with some green beer between the dances. According to Charra, Irish music has in a small way influenced other genres like American bluegrass. The singer is happy with the fact that traditional Irish music still has its following. Now, Mumbai will get a taste of Irish music when popular singer Niamh Ni Charra performs for the St Patrick’s Day celebrations at the Irish House, Lower Parel, on Friday evening. Excited about her first visit to India, Charra has many interesting things to say about Irish music.

    When one thinks of music from Ireland, the names of the bands U2, Thin Lizzy, the Cranberries and Snow Patrol, or singers Van Morrison, Rory Gallagher, Gary Moore, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Enya, Sinead O’Connor and Fionn Regan instantly crop up. The country also has a rich folk tradition, known for playing songs using the uilleann pipes, fiddle, concertina (a free reed instrument) and bodhran (a frame drum). The band Chieftains popularised such music in the 1970s. Now, Mumbai will get a taste of Irish music when popular singer Niamh Ni Charra performs for the St Patrick’s Day celebrations at the Irish House, Lower Parel, on Friday evening. Excited about her first visit to India, Charra has many interesting things to say about Irish music. Besides vocals, she plays the fiddle and concertina.

    The first thing she clarifies is the difference between folk and traditional music. “For us, folk music is more contemporary and song-based rather than instrumental. The songs are mostly in English.

    Source: http://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/music/have-an-irish-song-and-dance/article17488483.ece


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