We visitors to Ireland are sometimes dumbfounded by the vocabulary of Irish words for a good time. The most common of which is the Craic. Living on the east coast of The U.S. the Craic is almost as common here in the many pubs of Irish descent that dot every city and town than it is in Ireland. Almost. But having a good time, truly enjoying the events that surround you at that moment, being able to appreciate the craziness or specialness of the situation is especially Irish, and is seldom done in the singular. The Craic, the good times, usually has a partner, and on this fair blog that partner is the Ceol. I can think of few things better than a bit of Craic and Ceol. Good times induced by good Irish music.
So as is my way here are some Craic and Ceol moments and some beautiful updates. Chris Lucas playing at Johnny Foxes Dublins highest pub when we both were young and having fun. The Craic was only out done by the music, as this hardworking Irish folk player belted out the best of Dublin folk music. Needless to say the Guinness flowed as much as the laughter, as well as times of pure reverence and respect for the character of the music. Ceol and Craic it’s a funny thing, it’s a gorgeous thing, it’s an organic thing. Mr Lucas wouldn’t know me, but that night of fun is one of my favorite memories, ah the craic was good that night. Listen to this video as Mr Lucas has put out a Christmas song, nice.
Favorite memories are are funny thing. You would think the night in O’Donohues by St. Stephens Green, with the band playing and the mix of people in the pub reminiscent of the bar scene in Star Wars would be the lasting memory. Perhaps the late night concert that followed in the Gaiety theater nearby and the late night madness that followed would be the fondest memory. Yet the line that forever stays in my mind happens the next day, In a nearly empty Nearys Pub, while my cousin and I recollect the night. A Scotsman we had met the night before happens to pop in and exclaims, “Wasn’t the Craic Mighty last night lads”. Nothing could have summed up the night better. My God it was great craic. Ceol and Craic, hard to beat.
Now this might fall into the category of pure Ceol but the feeling of appreciation borders on the craicish, the boys from the Led Farmers an Irish trad/folk/fusion band are coming out with a new Cd in January and have offered to send along a track or two for a listen. They even gave this humble blogger a bit of billing on their website
Cheers and if you know a band that is keeping the Irish tradition of Ceol alive with a bit of Craic send their vitals along in the comments.