22 years ago, a 7-minute performance of "Riverdance" at the Eurovision Song Contest caused a sensation that demanded a larger exposure to the world. As a result, the initial celebration of traditional Irish music and dance evolved the next year into a two-hour theatrical showcase of not only Irish dance and music, but additional cultural dances, songs, and poetry that has toured the world over (logging miles that could have taken it to the moon and back!).
There is an interesting moment in a recent interview with Dave Holden, guitarist of the Irish band I Draw Slow, when he notes that in America their music is described as Irish, and in Ireland, it's American. The problem might simply be in knowing too much; the band may be from Ireland, but this is American music, drawing from the folk traditions of Appalachia.
From Irish drinking songs to Nirvana covers, Stickley & Canan explore an eclectic repertoire delivered in the American folk tradition.
St. Louis is known for its hearty Irish and Americana music scenes, but no group in town bridges the gap like Joe Stickley and Sean Canan.
On Saturday night, Soulard's Mardi Gras crowd streamed into the Pageant, weary but hungry for more revelry at the sold-out Dropkick Murphys concert. The 4-piece opening band, Against Me! -- with its head-rattling rhythm, chugging guitars and politically pointed lyrics -- breathed a second wind into an eager audience.