Irish Folk Music

Often, ‘folk music’ is used synonymous with ‘traditional music’. Actually, traditional music is the modern name for ‘folk music’. Traditional music is the traditionally originated music, and Folk music is the music of folk or general people. The music of general people is evolved among the people, and thus folk music is usually the traditional music.

The folk music of Ireland is often termed as Irish Folk Music. The irish folk music is the music that has developed and evolved among the Irish people. It is usually the traditional irish music, but it may also include the popular music based on traditional music. The folk music of Ireland is significant part of the celtic music. It is sometimes also referred to as folk celtic music.

The folk music of Ireland has mainly two types; VOCAL and INSTRUMENTAL. Some of the popular irish folk vocalists include Woody Guthrie, Guthrie, Pete Seeger, the Weavers (Seeger's group), Burl Ives, The Limeliters, Harry Belafonte and the Kingston Trio.

The instruments that are often used in irish folk music include celtic harp, citterns, bagpipes, banjo, button accordion, piano accordion, reed instruments, stand-up bass, uilleann pipes, fiddle, tin whistle (pennywhistle), flute, bodhrán & bones, bombarde, concertina, melodeon, bouzoukis, irish bouzouki, guitars, harp, hammered dulcimer, and percussion.

The irish folk music is one of the most popular music genres of the Celtic music, the other being Scottish music and the traditional music of Wales, Cornwall, Isle of Man, Brittany, Northumbria, Galicia, Cantabria and Asturias and Northeastern Portugal. The irish folk music has its unique distinctive style.

The irish folk music is extremely popular in the celtic nations, particularly in Brittany, where large and small Celtic festivals take place throughout the year. The irish folk music is also very popular among the celtic/Irish communities living abroad, particularly in Canada and the United States. You can access the folk music of Ireland online. You can find a number of sites offering irish folk music online. You may also find sites offering free folk music downloads online.