Irish Folk Songs
The irish folk songs are the melodies that depict the Ireland nature and culture. These are the traditional Irish songs that have sprouted from the hearts of the Irish people. These songs are inseparable part of the Irish culture; in fact these songs are soul of the Irish culture and pulse of Irish people. These songs often picture the Irish people, Irish nature, Irish customs, Irish values, and Irish culture.
The folk songs of Ireland have deep roots in the Irish culture. The irish folk music witnessed a major change during the 20th century. Several brilliant Irish artists took over the folk songs, and performed them in concerts, and disseminated by recordings and broadcasting. These songs really scaled the peaks of popularity in Celtic nations, and the North America, particularly in the United States.
With performers whose own spirits were rooted in the authentic folk tradition, the irish folk songs were able to establish the popular music genre of their own. Some of the well-known irish folk songsters include Woody Guthrie, Guthrie, Pete Seeger, the Weavers (Seeger's group), Burl Ives, The Limeliters, Harry Belafonte and the Kingston Trio and many others.
The irish folk songs are popular part of traditional Irish festivals and festivities. The musical instruments that are often used in these folk songs 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.
Some of the popular irish folk songs are – A Great Day For The Irish, Danny Boy, My Wild Irish Rose, When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover, Harrigan, The Unicorn, That's An Irish Lullaby, I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen, Sweet Rosie O'Grady, Galway Bay, Sidewalks Of New York, Cockles And Mussels, Rose Of Tralee, Peg Of My Heart, A Little Bit Of Heaven, The Bowery Clancy Lowered The Boom, How Are Things In Glocca Morra?, It's The Same Old Shillelagh, Who Threw The Overalls In Mrs. Murphy's Chowder?, Mary, It's A Grand Old Name, The Parting Glass, Galway Bay (Parody Version), Irish Rover, Leaving Liverpool, All For Me Grog, The Holy Ground, Kelly Of Killann Roddy McCorley, The Wild Rover, and A Nation Once Again.