Decades ago:

We were all Sebastian Dangerfield, on the road with some dangerous fellas from TCD;
byways through Kerry, Limerick, Clare, Galway and up into Mayo.
We were well battered and memory is blurred but it’s possible that the Gardaí encouraged
our return from Achill to Dublin. . .

Anyway, that’s where and when the Irish music took hold and we’ve been hooked ever more.

Some of our best gigs have wanted the best of Celtic music and the Guinness on tap and we’ve run the full gamut of polkas, slip jigs, slides, reels and Dublin punk singalongs, but not the laments (even if the old fella was keen to perform his Sean-nós).

If you want an Irish colour to the evening, one of the great advantages of the music is that it invariably reaches the spot, whether its background, cavorting or slow and thoughtful before the final half-hour to the finish.

We like –


Track Artist Type
The Road to Durham Altan gentle background
The Curlew/McDermott’s Altan get ’em going
Raggle Taggle Gypsy Mad Dog Mcrea the upbeat version
A Fistful Of Roses The Rumjacks your faster pub song
The Streets Of Derry Cara Dillon, Paul Brady during supper
The Ramblin’ Rover Siobhan Miller finishing coffee
Galway Girl Mad Dog Mcrea on your feet again
Paint the town red The Mahones “raise your glasses in the air”
Raglan Road Van Morrison & The Chieftains the penultimate smooch

So if you’re planning your delayed Bealtaine ceilidh or a Lúnasa hooley,
here are some people who might help:


Alan Murray Drams Ceilidh Band
Altan Drop Kick Murphys
Aly Bain Eileen Ivers
Andy Irvine Fiddler’s Green
Beer Belly Flogging Molly
Beinn Lee Ceilidh Band Fourth Moon
Brian Finnegan FourWinds
Burning Bridget Cleary Goats don’t shave
Cara Dillon Great Big Sea
Catherine Ashcroft Green Clouds
Cherish The Ladies Gwendal
Christy Moore High Kings
Cillian Vallely Horslips
Clancy Brothers Irish Rovers
Clannad Irish Stew of Sindidun
Cleghorn John Doyle
Daoirí Farrell John McCusker
De Dannan John McSherry
Derek Ryan Kilfenora Ceilidh Band
Dervish Kings of Connaught
Dónal Lunny Larkin
Donegore Tradition Larkin & Moran Bros
Linda Nic Leòid The Water Boys
Lisa McHugh The Whacking Shillelaghs
Luar Na Lubre Thin Lizzy
Luke Kelly Van Morrison
Lunasa Waxies Dargle
Mad Dog Mcrea Young Dubliners
Mairead Nesbitt
Máirtín O’Connor
Maurice Dickson
Michael McGoldrick
Mick Flannery
Mick Moloney
Mike McGoldrick
Moving Hearts
Na Fianna
Niall Vallely
Niamh Farrell
Orthodox Celts
Paddy and the Rats
Paddy Callaghan Band
Paddy Glackin
Paddy Goes to Holyhead
Paul Brady
Reel It In
Ryan McMullan
Sam Kelly
Seamus Egan
Seán Dagher
Secret Garden
Selfish Murphy
Sham Rock
Sharon Shannon
The Bloody Irish Boys
The Bothy Band
The Celtic Connection
The Chieftains
The Clan
The Corrs
The Dubliners
The Fureys
The Gloaming
The Kilkennys
The Mahones
The O’Reillys
The Paddyhats
The Pogues
The Real McKenzies
The Rumjacks
The Shamrocks
The Shannon Vale
The Tossers

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