Irish Music is alive and well in Barcelons
Irish Traditional Music has been going on in Barcelona for years. A few friends started a session back in the mid 80’s, at a sadly dissapeared bar in the old quarter. Many years and some pubs later, the session is still going on on a regular basis.
Throughout these years, many musicians have joined the session. Some have gone, some have stayed and still attend the session from time to time, and some come religiously once a week to share some tunes and have a good time, which is basically what this is all about.
As a result of playing together for so long, the latter group has developed a common repertoire and a considerable level of competence that allows them to form bands at will whenever the chance arises. Thus, Nights Around the Table was formed. NATT produces pure “session” music, with hardly any arrangements or solos, the same music you would hear in any Irish pub in the world.
NATT has played for dancing groups several times, in parties or weddings, and so the idea of forming a big band that could play in such events came into our heads. That was the seed of the Barcelona Céilí Band.
Finally, the inevitable “magic connection” between some of the musicians and the temptation to fashion more carefully-crafted sets have led to the forming of other off-shoot bands who, like Drónán or O’Fling, while retaining their links with NATT to the full, also work independently on their own bands.
So, whatever kind of Irish tradtional Music is needed, we can provide it with one of these line-ups and, more importantly , we can keep the flame of Irish Music burning in this small corner of the world