About Irish Music

logo_jpg_45x50The term Irish traditional music can encompass a lot of different styles, but the most widely known and most widespread is Irish traditional instrumental music, dance music and song airs. There is an enormous repertoire of Irish melodies, of which dance music, the repertoire of “tunes”, is by large the most important. The Irish traditional repertoire is made up of different types of dance tunes: Reels, Jigs, Hornpipes, Polkas, Slides, Marches and others; there are tens of thousands of tunes in all!

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The Instruments of Irish Music

logo_jpg_45x50 The major instruments for melody playing in Irish music include the fiddle, flute, tin whistle, uilleann pipes, accordion, concertina, melodeon, banjo, and harp. The mandolin and harmonica, though less popular now, were more visible up to the 1970s. For accompaniment, the guitar, bouzouki, piano, keyboards, mandola, and cittern are commonly used, along with synthesizers in many recordings. In terms of percussion, drum kits and wood blocks are used in dance bands, while the bodhrán, bones, or spoons are used in other contexts.

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About Irish Music

Tune Types in Irish Traditional Music

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Tin Whistle Buying Guide 2024

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Irish Musical Instruments

The Tin Whistle – A Comprehensive Introduction and Resource Guide

Introduction to the Tin Whistle The tin whistle, also known as the penny whistle, is [...]

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Discovering the Tin Whistle: A Spotify Playlist

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Irish Tunes

Paddy’s Gone to France – Low Whistle Tune

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Maguire’s March – Low Whistle Tune

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5 Irish Tunes for Halloween – Tin Whistle Tabs & Audio

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Musicians

Tony MacMahon

Tony MacMahon was an Irish accordion player from Ennis in Co. Clare, and an influential [...]

Joe Cooley – accordion

Irish accordion player Joe Cooley was born in 1924 in Peterswell, County Galway. A builder [...]

Micheal O’Raghallaigh – concertina

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Michael Rooney – harp

Michael Rooney is a composer and traditional Irish harp player from Scotstown, County Monaghan, now [...]

Laoise Kelly – Irish harpist

Laoise Kelly is an Irish harpist known for her contributions to traditional Irish music. She [...]

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Noel Hill, is a prominent Irish concertina player known for his influence on modern Irish [...]

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