On Irish Traditional Music

by Thomas Brett

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here is a clip of an Irish music session at someone’s home in Ireland a few years ago:

Despite my Irish heritage, I don’t know enough about this music to tell you the name of the tune.  I can say that it is a traditional reel, which is a type of folk dance as well as dance tune.  Reels are always in duple time, with an emphasis on beats 1 and 3, and they have a slightly swinging, forward moving rhythmic feel to them.  It’s an optimistic, lively sound (making a perfect soundtrack to eating cereal).