When visiting Ireland you need to experience a ‘traditional Irish music session’, to really understand just how passionate us Irish are about this little country that we call home.
Although it is only in recent times that Irish music has become known worldwide, it can be traced back as far as the arrival of the Celts almost 2,000 years ago. While travelling from the East they left their musical mark on Spain, Northern France, Scotland and Wales however, Ireland is where it runs through our veins.
‘The Harp’ is one of the oldest Irish instruments and was most popular between the 10th and 17th century. During that time harpists were held to a very high regard, so the ruling chieftains employed them to perform and compose music.
Harpists aren’t that common in recent times but the harp did become an emblem of Ireland. Now days some of the places that you will see it appear is on our euro coins, the presidents flag, and on the world famous Guinness (Black Nectar in our opinion) logo ☺
Traditionally a ‘trad’ session would include a banjo, a fiddle and a tin whistle, but sessions have evolved far beyond this in recent times. When witnessing a ‘trad’ session these days you can encounter a vast arrangement of instruments from tin whistles to accordions, banjos to guitars and even ukuleles to drums.
When travelling around Ireland you are guaranteed to experience a ‘trad session’ at some stage of your tour, so if you can play an instrument, sing a song, dance a dance, or have any other party piece that you are willing to share with Ireland, you will always be welcomed into the family that is ‘The Trad Session’