Celtic punk bands are a great listen any day of the year, not just St. Patrick's Day. Steeped in Irish tradition and accompanied by traditional instruments , these bands play new punk songs and put a new twist on some old standbys as well. Hailing from London, the Pogues are truly the founders of the Celtic punk movement. Blending traditional Irish Folk with politics and punk rock energy , they paved the way for many bands to come. Their albums released from to are arguably the best, as they feature the band's original frontman, the legendary Shane MacGowan.
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Celtic punk is punk rock mixed with traditional Celtic music. Celtic punk bands often play covers of traditional Irish, Welsh or Scottish folk and political songs, as well as original compositions. The genre was popularized in the s by The Pogues , a band of London Irish punk musicians in London who celebrated their Irish heritage.
They deserved to be documented before they faded into memory, he thought. And yet, technological advances means discovering heavy music has never been easier. Demos and albums can be made at home with budget equipment, and Bandcamp can get them out to the world—whether by the artists themselves, or through labels such as Invictus in Dublin, which help build bridges for Irish bands to reach, and even play, farther afield. Meanwhile, promoters like Feast in Galway and Bad Reputation in Limerick make full use of social media to create buzz about local gigs. But for all the musicians who thrive on these connections, there are also the outsider elements who revel in their idiosyncratic, anti-social vision.