The Most Popular Traditional Irish Music Instruments
Traditional music of Ireland is also known as trad music. This music was created centuries ago and is as old as the Stone Age.
We’ve compiled a list of the top five and most popular Irish traditional music instruments. We hope you enjoy.
1. Celtic Harp
This Irish musical instrument possesses a very high ranking in Irish culture and it can be found on the national flag as well as on the Euro currency. The Celtic Harp is present since the 10th Century and has gone through a lot of changes during the last few centuries.
2. Irish Bouzouki
It was during the 1960s that this instrument was brought to Ireland from Greece. In fact, the Irish Bouzouki is a modified form of a Greek musical instrument and is the current add on to the Irish music collection. The Irish Bouzouki has a great resemblance with the big mandolin and it emits such a vibrant sound that it does not come as a surprise that Irish musicians stole the concept and decided to make a similar instrument of their own. Today, the Irish Bouzouki is very famous and can be found in most of the traditional music sessions.
Known as the soul and most essential part of traditional Irish music, the Bodhrán is actually a drum that is completely covered with animal skin, the skin is stretched over the drum. The drum gives out a lively beat and creates a wonderful sound.
Many people believe that years back, the drum had a versatile use and was used as a grain tray and also, as a husk sifter.
4. Uilleann Pipes
These ancient pipes have been in the Irish music scene since the 5th Century. The Uilleann Pipes are famous throughout the world, but the truth is that one needs a lot of practice to master playing these pipes. The literal meaning of these pipes is ‘the pipes of elbow’. The current modern form of these pipes were created by two brothers who migrated to the USA after the post-famine in Ireland.
The fiddle is similar to a violin. However, they are distinctly distinguished through their playing style as well as the sound. The fiddle is often played in high pitch during Irish traditional music sessions and can be heard clearly as its sound dominates the sound of other instruments.