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Irish music and Irish musicians are internationally adored. Whether it’s traditional Irish music or contemporary, the vibrant, distinctive and ecumenical appeal of Irish Music has made it a favorite worldwide.  

In its beginnings, Irish music was primarily folk music. Much like today, poetry and music were intertwined to tell a story. Some of the most popular minstrels can be traced as far back as 921 BC. Many of their songs have been translated from old Gaelic into English, and are still enjoyed today – and just as many are still enjoyed in Gaelic. This traditional Irish Music includes drinking songs, laments and ballads. Sometimes the singer would be accompanied by instruments, other times they sung a cappella. Their dance music was comprised of reels and jogs, and usually was quite fast.

Irish music continued to evolve, while still retaining its distinctive roots. In the eighteen's century, classic music flourished in Ireland and gave birth to brilliant composers like John Field, John Stevenson and William Vincent Wallace. 
Choral music is also has also been a popular form of Irish music throughout the years. Anuna, Ireland's National Choir, has achieved worldwide success. Their talents contributed to Riverdance, they were nominated for a Classical Brit Award and they even provided the voices of Hell in the video game Diablo III in 2012.

Today contemporary Irish music is thriving. Ireland is renowned for producing internationally acclaimed artists like U2, Enya, Van Morrison, Thin Lizzy, The Pogues, The Corrs, The Cranberries, Westlife and Snow Patrol.

In the words of Irish musician Pat Higgins, ‘music is an act of love’ – and we plan to share the love with a regular line up of live music at Doc’s. Get geared up to come on down and tie one on! If you're looking for more info about traditional Irish music, festivals, musicians, schools and more, check out irish-music.net.

To get you in the mood, here’s one of our favourite Irish drinking songs!

Irish Drinking Song: BEER BEER BEER!

A long time ago, way back in history,
when all there was to drink was nothin’ but cups of tea
along came a man by the name of Charlie Mops,
and he invented a wonderful drink and he made it out of hops.

He must have been an admiral a sultan or a king,
and to his praises we shall always sing.
Look what he has done for us he’s filled us up with cheer!
Lord bless Charlie Mops, the man who invented beer beer beer
tiddly beer beer beer.

The Curtis bar, the James’ Pub, the Hole in the Wall as well
one thing you can be sure of, its Charlie’s beer they sell
so all ye lads a lasses at eleven O’clock ye stop
for five short seconds, remember Charlie Mops 1 2 3 4 5

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