I love everything that was already mentioned, but especially:
[ul][li]The Pogues (I said it before, I’ll say it again: best damn band of the '80s)[/li][li]The Waterboys[/li][li]Sinead O’Connor[/li][li]VanMorrison[/li][li]The Chieftains[/li][li]Hothouse Flowers[/li][/ul]
If you’re being teased by “friends,” drop 'em.
If you’re being teased by family, abandon them.
If you’re being teased by co-workers, go postal.
The Thistle and The Shamrock is the sort of show that makes it worthwhile to actually own a radio.
If you have Realplayer or any of its competitors, WKSU radio runs folk music 8 PM - midnight, Friday through Sunday. I am not a fan of the DJ, but he plays a fair amount of Celtic music. (If you’re in Northeast or East Central Ohio, of course, you can pick it up directly on WKSU or one of its five repeater stations.)
Thank you, kind soul. Now I can tell everybody to f*** off about it. Jeesh, you’d think I was listening to kittens being slaughtered, the way they make over it. I can’t even remember when it’s on here anymore. Just have to look into that…
I am a fan of most of the bands mentioned, and am a huge fan of the Pogues and Shane MacGowan. Best band of the 80’s? Dunno about that. (Tough to top R.E.M. in my book.) Still, the Pogues have put out some incredible music.
Oh YES! Have seen the Chieftains several times, always great. It was on their tour supporting “A Irish Evening” with Roger Daltrey & Nanci Griffith that the world was introduced to a very talented young (16?) girl who danced several numbers for them. It was Jean Butler, soon to become famous as the principal dancer in “Riverdance.”
Love Shane & The Pogues- you can’t help but love a man who has been know to come out on stage, look out at the audience, take a swig and yell “F*CK OFF” and then leave the building, leaving the band to play on!
If they come to your area, try to catch The Fenians, a very good band which tends to roost at the Harp Inn in SoCal.
I like Irish/Celtic music. I am particularly fond of Ad Vielle Que Pourra which is a French Canadian/Celtic band. They are quite intersting and talented. You can find their music through Green Linnet catalogs where most of the other Irish bands are found (like Silly Wizard).
Ok, Ok, so I exaggerated slightly for effect. If you want to split hairs, I think The Replacements and REM edge out the Pogues for best band honors. But still, I love them Pogues to a fault. They get me movin’ more than REM could.