Irish music sounds very much the same today as it would have two hundred years ago. Irish music is a diverse genre of folk music which has many regional variations. The majority of traditional Irish music is music for dancing, but there is also a substantial ballad tradition.
Ireland may produce big names such as U2 and the Script that tour popular music all over the world but we also know how to keep in touch with our traditions. Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann (the Music Festival of Ireland), the world’s biggest traditional Irish music celebration, still sees over 400,000 attendees each year with dozens of nationalities arriving in Ireland to celebrate our 2,000 year old traditions.
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Music and Irish bands are a massive part of Irish culture. In fact, it is probably the leading characteristic which defines our nation. From an early age it is woven into the very fabric of our being, and by the time you reach the legal age of drinking, it defines our nights out, too!