Saturday, June 14, 2014

In Dublin's fair city, I can't help singing about Molly Malone

Everywhere you go in the centre of Dublin, Ireland, you'll find music in one form or another.

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Buskers on the street in Temple Bar, the medieval-cobbled-narrow-street area on the south side of the Liffey River, Dublin's "cultural centre", full of traditional bars, and pubs, and more night-time entertainment than you have hours for.
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Performers in pubs and bars, not just at night.

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Dedicated music venues, such as the huge, classy O2, big-name venue: seats 14,500 people, one of the biggest concert arenas in the world; and The Academy, with three smaller rooms, hosting bands ranging from Slayer to Snoop Dogg, and providing rehearsal space to local musicians.

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And of course, traditional Irish music, everywhere; recorded in the shops, recorded in the pubs, live in the pubs, and live in venues for tour buses and tourists. Some is not as traditional as it might be, as we discovered during a show for a huge party, where I swear one of the male dancers broke into Gagnam Style...

I was tempted to drop in on Bono and maybe Enya on my first evening in Ireland--my cab driver told me whereabouts they lived--but was too tired from the three-leg flight. Next time guys, OK?

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