By Sweet Sound of Sunrise

To Canadians from anywhere else in the country, the East Coast is known for friendly people, fishing towns, and the population’s predominantly Celtic roots. Nowhere is this heritage more apparent than in the folk music of the region. While provinces like Nova Scotia are more Scottish, Newfoundland and Labrador is predominantly Irish, and this is reflected in the style of traditional music.

The Irish Descendants were formed when fishing industry workers on the island of Newfoundland combined two folk bands in 1990. Their debut album, released the following year, brought them to the attention of Warner Music. Warner signed them on and they were immediately successful with a string of albums. 1996’s Gypsies and Lovers won them a Juno Award and an East Coast Music Award. At Newfoundland’s 500th anniversary, The Irish Descendants played for the Queen. Internal tensions and musical differences from that time onward caused several lineup changes over the years, with Con O’Brien as the only remaining founding member. Nevertheless, the band continues to tour in North America and occasionally Europe. 20 years after their start, they remain a successful Irish folk group and show no signs of slowing down.

Irish Descendants – Rattlin’ Bog[audio:]