Traditional Irish Music

The Emerald Isle – Ireland has always been pulsating country, and its music has remained vibrant throughout the 20th century. The traditionally evolved music of Ireland is known as ‘traditional irish music’. Ireland has a great treasure of its traditional music, which has always been important part of the Irish culture.

The traditional irish music has a very broad spectrum. It has a number of types and genres, which include Reels (4/4), Jigs (6/8), Hornpipes (2/4), Polkas (also called single reels, 2/4) and Slides (also called single jigs, 6/8). The music also include some other types of Irish music, but they are not common; these genres include Slip Jigs (9/8), Airs (songs), Waltzes (3/4), Set Dances (4/4), Planxtys, and Mazurkas. The air and jig tend to be the oldest traditional irish music forms. The reel is a relative late comer, coming from the French Quadrille.

Presently, the traditional Irish music has the largest and the amplest compilations of tunes, melodies, and instruments. There is a greater wealth of musical instruments in the conventional irish music compared to Scottish or Cape Breton music. Some of the musical instruments associated with the traditional Irish music include accordion, banjo, harmonica, harpers, bodhran, citerns, fiddle, flute, guitar, harp, mouth organ, pennywhistle, pianos, and uilleann pipes.

The traditional irish music scene is large and is growing continuously. Mary Black, Maura O'Connell, Sinead O'Connor are the Irish instrumentalists with strong customary backgrounds. There are many modern music groups that stick closer to traditions of the irish music; these groups include Danú, Déanta, Kíla, Lúnasa, Noel Shine and Mary Greene, Marie & Martin Reilly, Altan, and Border Collies.

There are numerous festivals and social events where people often play traditional Irish music. These social events offer nice expo of the genuine and amorphous identity of the traditional Irish melodies.