#1
Hey,

I'm looking to write a song vaguely reminiscent of something like Drunken Lullabies by Flogging Molly, ie a punk-ish song that sounds like traditional Irish/Celtic music. So, how do I get started? What sort of scales/modes, time signatures, keys, etc, would be good to get started? Bearing in mind I've never written a song in an Irish style before, I'll probably keep it relatively simple to start with.

Thanks in advance
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#4
Listen to stuff like the Dubliners, the Clancy Brothers with Tommy Makem, Planxty and irish solo instrumentalists. The major and mixolydian modes tend to be common but phrasing is more important in giving it the irish feel.6/8,9/8 and 12/8 are as common as 4/4 depending on whether you are playing a jig,reel,slip jig etc...

Listen to sean-nós style singing. It sounds awful to someone unaccostomed to listening to it but it captures the soul of irish music

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxWlinJFc7A
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGPUO1yEE7Y
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUWVB3yQxBA&feature=related
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#5
try listening to a bunch of those tunes and analyzing them to see the common chords, scales, and timing for the genre....
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#6
also the flogging mollys song isnt particularly distinctive of irish tonally as far as the melody goes. Its just the fact that its played on traditional instruments that gives it the trad vibe. if you want to hear irish style music on contemporary rock instrumentation listen to primordial and mael mórdha. Its subtle but they give their music an irish vibe
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#8
Think jig... feel it... add distortion... play. And have some fun. If what you are playing doesn't make your body move, or make your feet go all Michael Flatley like... then you're doing it wrong.