XM dedicated one of their channels to Irish music today, and it was awesome. I'm not much of a fan of the really folky stuff, but I do love the more "rock-n-roll" Irish stuff. Lots of pipes and fiddles and what not, you know?
I was really surprised at how much stuff they played that flirted with alternative radio around the turn of the century (or at least, was played on 107.9, The End, WENZ in Cleveland at the time). I heard stuff I hadn't thought of in awhile, like the Dropkick Murphys and Ashley MacIsaac. I was into it.
Also brings back a good memory of visiting the Irish Festival at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. We had one of our earlier dates there, and I ran into one of my favoritest volleyball kids, Katie Reece, there and introduced Diana as my "girlfriend in training." Good times. Was happy to run into her in subsequent festivals as well, with her family. So much good live music at those things. Turns out there is one in Seattle... last week. Looks like it was kinda small.
There's always Off Kilter next time we're at Epcot, I suppose.