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Irish Music: Play It, Sing It, Share It, To Express Your Love of Ireland!

Irish music has been one of the most popular styles of music around the world for decades, especially with the popularity of artists like U2 and Enya as well as dance troupes like Lord of the Dance.


Irish pipes.  Image courtesy of Mike Cogh.  Flickr.com

Irish music is also one of the oldest musical forms still popular today, with songs dating as far back as the 600s.

Music from Ireland began to have a global influence in the beginning of the 20th century, with the emigration of Irish people from their native country to other parts of the world. 

Over 4 million emigrated to the United States alone, where Irish folk songs influenced the development of country music and bluegrass in that country.

But wherever it is played, Irish music is central to Irish culture.  And you can learn a lot about what it means to be Irish by playing, listening and singing to it!

Irish Music Instruments

Irish Music - Penny Whistle and Sheet Music

Traditional Irish folk music is based on a few staple instruments.  Together they produce an unmistakable Celtic sound.

Having been a musician most of my life, I enjoy learning about these instruments, listening for them in traditional and popular music, and sharing information about them with friends and family.

Click here for more information on traditional Irish music instruments.

Irish Songs

Irish Music - Leprechan With a Beer

In our opinion, Irish songs are among the most alive and creative out of all the world’s musical styles.

We Irish love a great story, and we love dancing and singing to jigs and reels.

We also enjoy our whiskey (and based our personal experience that's not too much of a stereotype!)

Put all that together and you have one of the most popular types of music from Ireland - the Irish "drinking song" or pub song.

Click here for examples of Irish pub songs!

Many other famous Irish songs include 'hardship' songs and and 'stories of war' - click here for our section on famous Irish songs!

Irish music that is passed from generation to generation, with or without the influence of the drink, can be referred to as Irish folk songs.  For more information on this kind of music in Ireland, visit our page on Irish folk songs!

Finally, some Irish songs are written specifically for special occasions.  For examples of this type of Irish song, check out our sections on Irish wedding songs, and Irish Christmas songs.

Irish Rock Music

Irish Music - Irish Rock Band

The 1960's and 1970's the growth of Irish rock music, initially performed by showbands that traveled the Island, emulating the so-called British invasion.

These early bands mostly played popular British and American hits. 

But from the 1970s onward, Irish rock (otherwise known as Celtic rock) took on a life of its own.

Click here for terrific examples of Irish Rock Bands and their musical styles.

Celtic Woman Music

Irish Music - Celtic Woman

We are captivated by Celtic Woman. We stumbled upon a televised concert several years ago, and have been big fans ever since.

This unique all-female group offers a different take on the traditional varieties of Irish music, magically combining Celtic, classical, folk and contemporary styles into their own unique sound.

Read more about this lovely group, with examples of their beautiful sound here.


Gaelic Storm Music

Irish Music - Gaelic Storm

When we think of Gaelic Storm music, we recall sitting in a small pub near a fire, sipping a pint, listening to amazing music being played, while outside the wind whips and the rain pours down.

This special group creates a feeling of bringing people together through music. We forget our worries and lose ourselves in sound, tapping our feet to the pipes, strings and drums.

Click here to bet better acquainted with this terrific group!

Riverdance Music

Irish Music - Riverdance

If you go to see a performance of Riverdance music, don't expect to see anybody shaking their booty!

The core of the show is traditional Irish step-dancing, involving intricate footwork and leg movements, with a mostly still upper body.

The show got its name in 1994 when Moya Doherty created an act to fill time while judges tallied their votes for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Learn more about this iconic symbol of Irish music here.

So what is YOUR Favorite Irish Music Experience?

U2? Riverdance? Celtic Woman?

A rollicking night at an Irish pub you can't remember?

Come share your experience with others, by publishing your story on Irish-Expressions.com!

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