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Talent might often come in forms or shape you wouldn't particularly expect, particularly within the Celtic / Irish folk music scene! This is definitely the case of the kids at the North Texas School of Irish Music!
This remarkable non-profit organization belonging to the School of Irish Music Inc. was founded with the goal of inspiring, engaging and introducing young students to the culture, sounds and wonderful themes of folk music, providing opportunities as well as a vital space where to perform and unlock their talent.
As a former initiative of the Traditional Irish Music Education Society (TIMES), the school kept growing exponentially, up until it eventually became its own identity and current settings.
It is always amazing to witness how the spirit of Irish folk music leaves on, as artists keep performing within the genre, either by faithfully remaining true to the original versions and aesthetics of songs, or re-arranging tunes based on their own personality and spirit. Hearing staples of Irish folk music as performed by the kids of the North Texas School of Music actually feels like a refreshing breath of fresh air: these songs are youthful, energetic and dynamic by nature, and the fact that children are able to appreciate them and perform the music with such enthusiasm and personality is really a great testament to the power of folk music in itself. When younger musicians get the opportunity to study, perform and get familiar with Irish music and Celtic tunes, it also means that the entire genre will potentially enjoy the opportunity of being exposed to a whole new audience of family members, friends and more. Initiatives such as this one definitely allow the music to live on, by empowering young performer to be able to do something they are passionate about.
5 Stars from Celtic Radio for this youthful and appreciated recording called Reflections. Listening to these young stars gives promise to the future of Celtic music not only in Texas, but throughout the country. And that makes us all smile knowing that the future is in good hands!
Track List1. Sunny Banks, Otter’s Holt, Ships are Sailing
2. Down By The Sea
3. Castle Kelly, Trip to Durrow, A Fair Wind
4. Bí Thusa Mo Shúile
5. Ballydesmond Polka
6. An Gréasaí Bróg
7. John Doherty’s March, The Rakes of Kildare, Scotsman over the Border
8. Anam Cara
9. Rose Tree Polka, Rakes of Mallow, Finnish Polka
10. Red is the Rose
11. Kilfenora Jig, Clare Jig, Spotted Dog
12. Óró Sé Do Bheatha ‘Bhaile
13. Ballyhoura Mountains, Wexford Polka, Rambling Sailor
14. Caidé Sin Do’n Té Sin
15. Peeler’s Jacket, Old Copperplate, Coalminers
16. Thugamar Fein an Samhradh Linn