Irish Dance Music

Irish dance music is sonorous sibling of the Irish dance. It is very important part of the Irish festivals & festivities and ceremonies & celebrations. The irish dance music is there where ever there is Irish dance.

There is a wide range of traditional and modern Irish musical instruments that have provided melodious dance music for dancing throughout the centuries. The traditional dance music was mainly the music from bagpipes, the most popular and the traditional dance music instruments of Ireland. However, the modern dance music is the music from bagpipes, accordions, guitars, fiddles, pianos, harps, whistles etc.

Irish dance music is isometric. The traditional as well as modern irish dance music have become an important part of Ireland’s culture. The famous dance music include The Drunken Sailor, Good Night, Take It Easy, St. Patrick's Day, Fisher's Hornpipe, The Wedding, Bonaparte's Retreat, Haste To The Wedding, Early In The Morning, With All My Heart, Garryowen, Welcome Home, Come In From The Rain, Galway Bay, Off To California, The Blarney Pilgrim, The Boys Of Bluehill, Smash The Windows, The Rights Of Man, The Liverpool Hornpipe, The Rocky Road To Dublin, The Merry Blacksmith, Drops Of Brandy, The Spinning Wheel, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, Paddy Whack, Lannigan's Ball, Miss McLeod's Reel, Kiss The Bride, The Hunt, Hunting The Hare and The Merry Harriers.

There are numerous artists, who are producing traditional as well as modern irish dance music these days. The traditional dance music is an extensive and precious resource for dancers. The traditional dance music inspires the modern composers to create new music based on the traditional dance music. The traditional dance music plays great role in connecting the modern music composers to the rich Irish cultural traditions, the musical traditions set up by the past masters.

Some of the past masters of irish dance music are Belhavel Trio, Joe Maguire's Pride of Erne Orchestra, Tom Ennis, James Morrison & John Miller, Moate Ceilidh Band, Ballinamore Ceilidhe Band, Aughrim Slopes Ceilidhe Band, Flanagan Brothers, Stephen Moloney & Tommy Whelan, Peter Conlon, Michael Grogan, Rosaleen Quartet, John McGettigan's Three-Leaf Shamrock Orchestra, Killoran & His Pride of Erin Orchestra, Moate Ceilidh Band and Ballinakill (Co. Down) Traditional Dance Players.