Irish Music

From the simplicity of the "Tin Whistle" and Bodhrán to the complexity of the Uillean pipes, Irish music offers something for everyone, slow haunting airs and ballads or roof raising reels and jigs. Traditional Irish music is very much alive today thanks to the efforts of the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, an organisation for Irish musicians founded in 1951 whose success in promoting traditional Irish music is acknowledged. Ireland has many organised traditional music festivals many of which take place during the summer months in different towns and villages throughout the country. The music often literally spills on to the street from various venues and bars and many a "session" lasts long into the small hours of the morning.
One of the best ways to experience Irish music is in the atmosphere of a pub where the Guinness is flowing and the "Craic is 90" (an expression which describes a highly charged and enjoyable atmosphere). It is during such "sessions" that Irish banter (friendly jibing at the other persons expense ) can be enjoyed against a back drop of music that flows as slow as the Guinness is pours and as quick as its is drunk. If you ever get the chance Don't Miss It ! Irish Ullian Pipes
Irish Harp During the 1970s groups such as the Dubliners, Planxty, Dé Dannann, The Chieftains, Christy Moore and Van Morrison took a fresh look at the traditional Irish music scene. They adopted the music to create more contemporary rhythms with great recordings being produced by the likes of Moving Hearts and Clannard. This evolution continued and Irish Rock assisted by the influence of Punk in the seventies lead to the appearance of the Pogues and supergroups and super stars such as U2, Sineád O'Connor, Contemporary major artists today include Chris de Burgh, the Cranberries, the Corrs, and Hothouse Flowers,
Traditional Irish music instruments include the Celtic Harp the emblem of Ireland, The Bodhran, a single sided drum made of goatskin stretched over a beechwood frame, Uilleann pipes, a bellows operated wind instrument not unlike bagpipes. Tin Whistle, generally metal pipe of different sizes depending on the key with six finger holes. Fiddle or Violin usually played without the chin rest and bowed very quickly. Today many sessions include the addition of various Accordions and Concertinas along with Guitars, Flutes and even Bones.
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