March is Irish History Month here in the UK. On Sunday night we went to an Irish folk music night at The Grove Inn, a very cute old Irish pub hidden behind Bridgewater Place (a huge modern high-rise, probably the tallest building in Leeds). It was so great--just like in the movies! It just felt like they were having a jam session and we were invited--very intimate. At one point one of the older guys sang a cappella, and everyone went completely silent out of respect & awe--he was really good! But when the music was going, it was rowdy & loud, and people chatted. The 12 musicians just about outnumbered the audience--which is probably another reason why it felt so intimate.
Six of them were this band Doolin' from France--an French Irish folk band! Brilliant! They really were great, and I even overheard a real Irish girl on her cell telling someone to come to the pub, "these guys are outstanding!"
I found an old YouTube video of them, so you can hear what they're like: