One Tequila, Two Tequila, Three Tequila, Floor!

I don’t like country music, but I don’t mean to denigrate those who do. And for those who like country music, denigrate means ‘put down’

BOB NEWHART

The convergence of new technology with an outmoded form of music has created quite a stir in the Irish entertainment business recently. A band playing an Irish version of country music (referred to as country & western) has gone from being a household name in rural Cork to national infamy in the space of a few short weeks. Crystal Swing is the name of a family trio featuring teenage siblings Derek and Dervla Burke and their mother Mary. Bands containing two or more close relations are not uncommon in the music world, although it is quite rare to come across a group that counts successive generations among its membership. Teenagers tend to form bands to rebel against their parents, but Derek and Dervla don’t seem to have any of those rebellious urges. In contrast, they possess an abundance of youthful exuberance, provincial naiveté and kitschy glamour. Their rapid rise to fame in Ireland has been facilitated by advances in modern communication instead of such traditional methods as practicing, rehearsing and gigging

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