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 acts like Lord of the Dance and Riverdance.
And it has been around for centuries! 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, 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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
We are captivated by Celtic Woman. We stumbled upon a televised
concert several years ago, and have been big fans ever since.
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.
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.
Enjoying the music of Ireland is a fun and timeless way to share your Irish side with others.
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