St. Patrick’s Day is a time for celebration. Sure, we all know that. It’s also a time to have a look around and see where we’re at. Rather than rely on the usual diddlyeye that does the rounds when those with Irish heritage like to don a leprechaun hat and drink green beer, I believe Patrick’s Day is a time to show the rest of the world that we’re not all flatcaps and sean nós, fiddles bodhrans and harps playing music of the dead.
Instead those instruments are in the hands of young people, making the sound of 21st century Ireland right now.
Many of these artists aren’t confined by those rudimentary labels and openly leap between those boundaries and for every artist featured on this playlist there is another more than capable of matching the quality of their art.
All of these artists are chosen because I rate and recommend them so you won’t find the usual mainstream names here. This playlist represents my Ireland – the youth of Ireland.
Last year, I shared a playlist of 100 songs form 100 artists from the youth of Ireland who are doing things that the world doesn’t traditionally think of when it comes to Ireland.
So I’m doing it again.
This year’s criteria for placement is an artist who is relatively new and who has released a song in the last year or so. The outcome is this 150-song playlist of Irish music now.