I am not talking about the traditional Irish music. I know the Fleadh Cheoils are going from strength to strength.
I am really referring to the Irish Pop and Rock music. I grew up listening to the likes of Thin Lizzy, Rory Gallagher and even enjoyed the ole tunes by the Dubliners.
When I first heard U2 , I thought they were great. Such a distinctive sound which differentiated them from other New Wave bands. But bands like An Emotional Fish, In Tua Nua and Aslan all had the special sound which made them sound so much fresher then their UK and US counterparts.
Rock giants like Gary Moore and the Cranberries( We’ll ignore their The Cranberry Saw us era) put their stamp on the wacky world of Rock N Roll. Great songs like Over the Hills and Far away and Zombie became regular anthems.
Clannad,Enya,Sinead O’Connor all massive stars in their respective genres.
Although we have a few really good singer/songwriters like Hozier, Declan O’Rourke,Imelda May and Jack L.
To the outside world it appears that Irish music is the likes of Boyzone,Westlife,Jedward and that one from One Direction. I like Louis Walsh as a person but his stamp on the Irish music is in my opinion destroying the Irish music scene, but that is my opinion.His newest project “Hometown” are at best amateurs
But even when you look at some of the musical guests on the Late Late show and other talk shows it has gone so blend. Nathan Carter, Crystal Swing, really what did happen to Irish Music?