Celebrating Music in our Schools – St. Patrick’s Day Music

By Elena Negri – Tri M Member

St. Patrick’s Day came and went and it’s a good reminder to think about the traditions that go along with that day. Aside from the green attire, corned beef and cabbage, shamrock shakes, leprechauns, and four-leaf clovers, music has played a significant role in the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day for centuries.

Irish music represents an eclectic blend of music that comes to represent Ireland’s deep history. Influenced by American folk and Jazz, Irish music evolved from the Irish settlers and continues to flourish to this day. For example, although Caoineadh songs (laments) are often used to express pain and sorrow, most Irish songs are meant for dancing at celebrations such as social gatherings, saint’s days, and/or weddings.

Irish music is known for its reverent and thriving themes of modern times. Popular instruments include the fiddle, harp, flute and whistle, uilleann pipes, accordion and concertina, banjo, mandolin, and guitar.

So while you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day next year, an overarching celebration of Irish memory and history, put on some Irish music to help liven up the festivities!

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