A bunch of my friends are into Irish music, including irish punk/rock (like the Pogues), as well as more folky stuff. I play (kit) drums, and would like to be able join in. I've tried, but I'm not really familiar with the style, and I end up just falling back on boring rock beats, or basic 6/4 beats, depending on the song.
Is there anything that characterises drumming in Irish rock, or is the drumming basically the same as in most western rock?
For Irish folk, I know about the Bohdran, but not very familiar with it, and don't have one. Are kits or other drum/percussion ensembles ever used? Are there playing styles that can be (however crudely) emulated on a kit?