Irish Punk: a journey with good friends and struggles

An interesting but inaccurate piece that I will discuss in detail tomorrow

SOUTHERN NEWS

Dylan Haviland – General Assignment Reporter 

In the midst of the early 1980s, the renowned punk bands Dead Kennedys and Black Flag were establishing their roots in music.  The world was being introduced to a style that was young, energetic, and musically innovative.

As American punk grew, across the Atlantic Irish punk became an enthralling musical experience that combined Celtic influences with ferocious rock.

Irish punk involves a collaboration of classic punk instruments such as guitar, bass and drums but also brings in traditional instruments like the fiddle, mandolin, bagpipes and accordion.

The combination of both groups creates a genre that is in tune with the American punk scene, but also retains its own authenticity: a fluid combination of traditional playing styles that speaks of everyday life.

The foundation of Irish punk lies partially within the band The Pogues, formed in London, 1982.  Their frontman, Shane MacGowan, provided a stimulating…

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Hi, I am Alan. I live in Broadstone, Dorset with my wife, Shirley, my son, Ryan and two dogs called Bailey and Jasper. I have recently retired after working in the Armed Forces and in Public Service since 1977 so I now have a bit more time to do the things I love. Music is a huge part of my life and always has been. I have a broad taste in music and can find something to enjoy in most styles of music. I have always been attracted to music which has something to say, is outside the mainstream and is perhaps a bit rebellious. I guess my early influences were late 1970's Punk and new wave bands, especially those who came out of Northern Ireland where I grew up. I loved Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones, Rudi, Starjets etc but also bands like The Ramones, The Clash, The Jam and so on. I like singer songwriters including Van Morrison, Springsteen, Neil Young & Bob Dylan and in recent years I have become more interested in folk and acoustic music but I also love the sort of high drive energetic Folk/Punk music delivered by bands like The Levellers, Leatherat, Ferocious Dog and many others who frequent the UK Festival scene. I have long since lost the desire to spend my holidays laying around in the sun and these days am much more likely to be found in a muddy field somewhere in the UK during the festival season.

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