2009 was a good year for the Irish in Texas as there were 22 Irish artists showcasing in total. What was most obvious that SXSW was not endgame for many of these artists who had toured heavily in the US prior to the Austin gigs or who had solicited an impressive number of gigs while there. Fighting With Wire played 12 Austin gigs in a week, The Mighty Stef played nine, We Should Be Dead played six, The Urges played eight shows and Lisa Hannigan’s last three stops on her 21-date extensive tour were in Austin. Other bands like One Day International, Lost Brothers and Brothers Movement also got special praise from industry-folk and punters alike. All in all, a good year all round for the Irish in Texas. Check out tomorrow’s Irish Indepedent for a full report by me and photos from Dan Dennison.