I’ve spent the last week in Dublin, working as a volunteer at the Temple Bar festival of Irish music and culture. In exchange, I’ve gone to a whole bunch of concert, storytelling shows, and other cool stuff for free. It’s been a really interesting experience to see the Irish Trad world so close. The musicians here are some of the top trad musicians in Ireland, but few of them are known outside of Ireland. All the music has been good, though some of it is very traditional, which I don’t find as exciting as the more “contemporary trad”. Last night was the gala concert featuring Julie Fowlies, Lunasa, and Dervish, all internationally known artists. It was amazing! Without doubt some of the best music I’ve heard in a long time.