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

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