Cassidy in Ireland – Week 10

Week 10: Irish Music

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Here in the lovely land of Ireland, music and dance are a major part of the culture…and the fun!

Anytime of the week, anytime of day you will find good, live music in the pubs and always in the streets. Especially in the busy city centre of Galway you can find a variety of street performers showcasing their talents.  You’ll find everything from good old Irish tunes, to traditional Irish dancing, to Oasis’ “Wonderwall” (again and again…and again).

Most of the pubs will have live music every night of the week and some even twice a day. It’s always a good time grabbing your friends and cozying up in your favourite pub and just sitting back enjoying the live music and a pint of Guinness.  There are a couple of bands who play regularly in a few pubs that my friends and I really enjoy.  They usually play a few good Irish songs and then a mix of everything from “Guns ‘n Roses” to “The Killers”.  Then there is Munroe’s and Taaffe’s.  Munroe’s has Irish dancing every Tuesday and excellent live Irish music to go with it.  Taaffe’s is one of my favourites, they have live music at 5:30 pm and again at 9:30 pm every day.  You can always expect a ton of great classic Irish tunes there!

Walking up and down Shop Street and Quay Street (two main streets in the city) until Eyre Square, you can easily catch anywhere between 7 (on a quieter day) to 20 different acts working away to entertain all the Galwegian’s and anyone who will watch on the busy streets.  There are a few good bands who use their imagination when it comes to instruments, a couple good solo acts with their dogs in tow, a girl who does some really good Irish dancing, a group of street dancers and even a man who walks on a tightrope while playing the fiddle.  If I haven’t convinced you to visit Galway in that last sentence then I don’t know what else I can do, you’re hopeless.  Needless to say even the music in the streets is amazing and always keeping the streets of Galway alive.

Some of the Irish tunes I have come to love with my time here in Ireland include:

  • Galway Girl (of course)
  • The Hills of Connemara
  • Star of County Down
  • Thin Lizzy (band)
  • Rocky Road to Dublin
  • Whiskey in the Jar
  • Fairytale of New York

Just to name a few.

The music scene in Ireland is one of the most loved and appreciated aspects of the Irish culture. It is definitely one of the reasons I have fallen in love with this country.  I encourage anyone reading this, if you haven’t already, to go listen to some traditional Irish music and I promise you it will bring a smile to your face and get your foot tappin’.

 -Cassidy

 

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