Discovering Irish Music from Ohio


By Therese Russell

Published on: March 1, 2016

Enjoy the sounds of traditional instruments like harps, flute, whistle, bodhrán, banjo and fiddle. Jigs, reels, hornpipes make the audience tap their feet or even dance. The Claddagh Irish Pub in downtown Columbus hosts a session of Irish musicians every Sunday night. We enjoyed a typical session, where musicians gather informally to play traditional music together. Any musician is welcome to come and join the party.

If your tastes are for more contemporary interpretations of traditional songs, you will also find this style of music. An Irish pub in Grandview, Byrne’s Pub, regularly hosts Irish bands. We recently experienced the energetic music and antics of the Bastard Bearded Irishmen there. You don’t have to be in a big city to listen to Irish music in Ohio. Bands like The Mickeys, Celtic Rush, and Irish-born The New Barleycorn perform in northeast Ohio and, of course, there are other bands throughout the state. Celtic harp builder, Jeff Gaynor of Noteworthy Woodworking, dresses in full dress and plays bagpipes around Garrettsville.

St. Patrick’s Day brings Irish music and culture to the fore. Take a Guinness, taste corned beef and cabbage; experience the craic. And remember this Irish proverb so appropriate for this glorious day:

Dance as if no one was watching. Sing as if no one was listening. And Iive every day as if this were your last.


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