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Music in Ireland

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Par Marlene Bousquet 23/03/2016
Music in Ireland

As I am a musician, I wanted to dedicate one article to music in Ireland whether it is traditional Irish music, deep house or blues and jazz.

             First, one of the first thing I noticed when I came in Dublin is that streets were full of musicians, more precisely of buskers. I am not exaggerating since every 150 metres, you can run into a street musician. One of my favourite street musician is playing every Sunday at 6:00 in front of the Spire, in Henry Street. His name is “Cezar” and he usually sings Rock or Pop music such as Coldplay or Sam Smith. In order to give you a foretaste of the atmosphere in Dublin street, you can watch the romantic musical drama film, Once. It is a love story between a busker (Glen Hansard) who sings and plays guitar on Grafton Street (Dublin 2) and an immigrant flower seller (Markéta Irglova). Talking about Grafton Street (one of the two principal shopping streets in Dublin city centre), there are several notable buskers who used to play there. I think the one we all know is Damien Rice since he is now an internationally renowned musician. Paddy Casey, Glen Hansard, Mic Christopher, Keywest… are also ex-Grafton Street buskers who are now notable musicians and singers.

             Second, I will talk about Irish traditional music and particularly about the fiddle. This instrument is the most commonly played instrument in Irish traditional music and is identical with the four-stringed violin of classical and popular music.  However, the term “fiddle” is preferred to “violin”. In fact, “fiddle” indicates the repertory of music and the styles in which is played on the instrument. It is usually played sitting; however, in stage, musicians tend to perform standing. It is particularly compatible with the flute, the guitar and the accordion and players tend to make little use of vibrato. I have been playing the violin for 12 years now at the conservatory and it is always studies or classical music that I am performing. From my point of view, Irish traditional music is captivating, lively and rousing and now I have the feeling that I wasted my time learning waltz music or whatever.

             Finally, many artists come in Dublin to perform and tickets are not as expensive as in Paris. For instance, Bakermat is a Dutch musical artist (deep and tropical house) and he came in November, at the Button Factory to perform. The tickets were sold at 13€ whereas in Paris it was more than 25€; It was an amazing concert. Another example would be the British jazz saxophonist and composer Andy Sheppard who will perform on March 16 2016, at Smock Alley Theatre. I cannot wait to listen to him. Here are some other famous artists who will perform in Dublin; Unfortunately, I cannot go to their concerts: Adele, Rod Stewart, Rihanna, Beyonce, Maclemore, Muse, Andrea Bocelli, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Mac Miller, Nelly…

 To conclude, this country really fits to musicians and/or music lovers.