Stumbled upon this extraordinary version of my favourite Irish song, Star of the County Down, from the Orthodox Celts. They are a hugely successful Belgrade band obsessed with all things Irish, a kind of singing theme pub, but with Eastern European accents. The musicianship is impressive - Serbians have their own version of the pipes. And they added the tin whistle to their line up of accordions, fiddles and bodhrans.
Cannot ascertain where they stand politically. They have been around since before the Balkan wars began in the early 1990s. Are they also big in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo? Even google isn't that informative on this admittedly rather specialised strand of popular culture. Something called turbo-folk, was apparently a vibrant part of the Serbian music scene in the 1990s. Some bands protested against the aggressive Milosovec government, but others supported extreme Serbian nationalism. Celtic Rock, seems to be different from Turbo-folk. These guys look and sound like they are just out for a laugh. Let's hope so. They have an album track called Lock Lommond (sic). Maybe we could get them to play in Scotland for St Andrew's Day, then go for a jam session in Baird's Bar.