We were surprised to find a band playing Irish traditional music at the Sakai fish market today. They were really very good.
The band is Knit, and they are local to Sakai. The fiddler is a real virtuoso. He was in Ireland for two months this summer (sorry, “summer”) playing in Galway and at the Willie Clancy festival in Miltown Malbay. He told me he had learned the fiddle from famous Donegal fiddler Tommy Peoples.
You can also check out their full studio-produced sound (including flautist) at their official YouTube channel.
After their set, I got chatting to the fiddler, Kenji, and told him I had enjoyed the music, and how surprising it was for me to hear Irish music played at the Sakai fish market.
He was equally surprised and delighted to hear that there had been an Irish person in the audience, and we chatted for a while in Japanese.
Afterwards he tweeted 堺にもいました！ アイルランドの人。 異国で聴く祖国の音楽。”Guess who was in Sakai? An Irish person! Hearing his home country’s music abroad.”
A funny thing happened at the end of their set. After the band had played a full set of Irish music, and talked about Ireland and Irish music before and after every single song, the lady acting as announcer took the stage and said “That was Knit, playing the music of Argentina”.
Kenji objected, saying, “No, Ireland. Completely different. Ireland in Europe.” She looked confused and said, “I’m sorry, I’m not very good at keeping maps in my head”. It was clear she had never heard of Ireland.
Note on the word of the day:
音楽 ongaku—music is written with characters 音 meaning “sound” and 楽 “enjoyable”.