Traditional Irish music with Floating Crowbar

Posted on February 15, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley

While I was growing up in North Carolina, my parents often spent Sunday afternoons listening to “Thistle and Shamrock,” a public radio program featuring Celtic music. I’d bring whatever book I was reading into the living room and curl up on the couch, to listen and read while my parents did whatever grown-up things they did back then (it looked a lot like chores). That early exposure led to a lifelong love of the genre, and Celtic music makes me think of home. So, naturally, I am excited that local band Floating Crowbar is performing at several of our libraries during the month of March.

Floating Crowbar features musicians Morgan Andersen, James Hunter, Rick Rubin, and Don Thomsen. All four play several instruments, including uilleann pipes, flute, whistle, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and guitar, and contribute vocals. Their high energy mix of Irish instrumental music and songs drawn from traditional and contemporary sources will have you tapping and clapping along.

Concerts at the library are always free and suitable for all audiences, and these are a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The upcoming concerts at the Library District are:

Tuesday, Mar 14, 6:30–7:30pm

Wednesday, Mar 15, 6:30–7:30pm

Thursday, Mar 16, 6:30–7:30pm

Saturday, Mar 18, 2pm–3pm

If you can’t wait that long to listen to Irish music, you can find a wealth of artists and compilations to borrow on hoopla, the Library District’s streaming service for music. If you haven’t already done so, you can use your library card to create a hoopla account, and then you are moments away from streaming albums like “The Rough Guide to Irish Folk” or “Putamayo Presents Celtic Café”; both albums are great introductions to the world of Celtic music.

The library also has a local music collection of Celtic and Irish folk music on CD, including the Floating Crowbars’ album The Torn Jacket. If you haven’t heard the dulcet tones of Celtic music, I encourage you to give these artists a listen.

Gwendolyn Haley

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