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AmyLove Request for Irish music recommendations (81* d) RE: Request for Irish music recommendations 26 May 17

I understand the confusion as to understanding my musical tastes, but what can I say? I like most of the Irish music I've heard.

I will say this. I don't generally like gloomy music. I listened to samples of a number of Christy Moore's albums and found most of them overall too gloomy for me. The Iron Behind the Velvet seems the most likely purchase for me. Possibly Folk Tale. I've only heard the title track from Paddy on the Road and quite liked it. If it's indicative of the overall tone of the album, I'll definitely get it. (His Me & Rose is quite fun.)

I want to make a distinction regarding the above. Consider The Outlandish Knight by Danú which I linked to in a previous post. It's definitely not cheerful, but I wouldn't describe it as gloomy, either. Poignant, perhaps. I hope that distinction makes sense. Another example of a poignant song I like is Grace. Perhaps gloomy music is emotionally greyish while poignant music has passion, though possibly buried, muted somewhat. Maybe that's not fair, but all I know is that music I'd describe as gloomy I find depressing while music I'd describe as poignant resonates with me, "plucks at my heartstrings."

Another point. I have a couple of Tempest albums, which I don't listen to. I'm not sure if Tempest is considered straight up rock or tending toward metal a bit. The latter would make more sense to me because I'm not a metal fan in general while I quite like some rock, especially classic rock from the 70s. I listened to samples from the album The Storm by Moving Hearts, as recommended above, as well as at least one other album by them, and it just didn't do it for me (but I still appreciate the recommendation — thank you, "guest."), perhaps in a similar way to my not liking Tempest. Now, I'm not sure how to describe Insulated Man by The Drovers, as featured in the movie Blink. Perhaps straight up rock. Anyway, I like it:

Insulated Man (feat. Chantal Wentworth)

And actually The Drovers are another band whose songs I generally consider gloomy, if I remember correctly.

Hope this helps a bit.

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