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The Irish are renowned for their love of music and song, over the years Ireland a country of only 5,000,000 people have produced some of the best acts in the world. Today U2 have a worldwide following and Riverdance has been seen by over 3,000,000 people. These links to Celtic and Irish sites have been selected from around the world.


diamond.gif (993 bytes)  U2

diamond.gif (993 bytes)  Corrs

diamond.gif (993 bytes)  Enya

diamond.gif (993 bytes)  Riverdance

diamond.gif (993 bytes) The Dubliners

diamond.gif (993 bytes) The Wolf Tones

diamond.gif (993 bytes) Links to More Irish Music Sites

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This is only a small example of Irish People who have enriched the world of Music

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u2.jpg (4632 bytes) U2. Was formed in 1978 by Larry Mullen (drums), Adam Clayton (bass), The Edge (guitar) and Bono (vocals), while they were all still students at Dublin's Mount Temple School.

The teenage U2 made a local name for themselves in their native Dublin and released a three track EP on CBS called U23 in 1979. In January 1980, a readers' poll in the Irish rock magazine Hot Press gave U2 the top spot in five categories. In April, they signed with Island Records and in May released their first single, 11 O' Clock Tick Tock. Recent Grammy awards include: Best Rock Group Performance (Achtung Baby), Best Alternative Album (Zooropa) and Best Music Video, Long Form (Zoo TV Live from Sydney). U2 have also won five MTV awards and their worldwide record sales are now in excess of 70 million. U2 Lyrics Archive

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With their unique blend of contemporary and traditional Irish music, the Corrs, have established themselves as true originals. On their new "TALK ON CORNERS," Dundalk, Ireland's favorite sibling quartet-Jim (keyboards/guitars/vocal), Andrea (lead vocals, tin whistle), Caroline (drums, bodhran, vocals) and Sharon (violin, vocals)-create a sound steeped in the folk music of their homeland. The Corrs Online, Atlantic Records

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enya.jpg (3448 bytes) Enya. Eithne was born on May 17th 1961, She comes from the small village of Dore (Dobhar in Irish) in the Gweedore (Gaoth Dobhair) region of County Donegal in the northwest of the Republic of Ireland. She now lives in Killiney, a coastal district on the southern outskirts of Dublin, and in London. In 1968 her elder brothers Ciarán & Pól, and uncles Pádraig and Noel Ó Dúgáin, formed the band An Clann As Dobhair to perform traditional Irish music at festivals etc. Changing their name to Clannad, and recruiting sister Máire in 1973, the band went on to international success performing both their own and traditional material.  


Riverdance River Dance. composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, Riverdance is the development of an original idea by Ms. Doherty that was initially performed at the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin in April, 1994. The Show focuses on the evolution of Irish dance, as well as its similarities with -- and influences on -- other cultures. The phenomenon of RIVERDANCE draws on Irish traditions and combines the richness of the music with the magic and sensuality of the dance. Led by principal dancers from Ireland, the United States, Spain and Russia, a troupe of over 80 performers comprise the RIVERDANCE company. RIVERDANCE had its world premiere at the Point Theater Dublin in February 1995, where it opened to unanimous critical acclaim. The London production of RIVERDANCE continues to play to capacity audiences. To date the company has enjoyed sold-out performances in Belfast, Cork, New York's Radio City Music Hall (two SRO engagements), Chicago and Los Angeles and Sydney
Ronnie Drew


Formed about 36 ago The Dubliners have had 10 members altogether, of the original group of Ronnie Drew, Barney McKenna, Luke Kelly and Ciaran Bourke, and John Sheehan, Barney McKenna is only member still in the group. Luke Kelly died in 1984, Ciaran Burke died in 1988 and Ronnie Drew now has a solo career. The present line up includes Paddy Reilly, John Sheahan, , Barney McKenna, Eamonn Campbell.
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The Official Wolfe Tones Web Site

Derek Warfield and Brian Warfield, Noel Nagle and Tommy Byrne today comprise the World's most popular Irish folk group, The Wolfe Tones.

But the Quartet's story wasn't one of overnight success. In fact the bones of the group first saw the light of day as far back as 1963.

It was then that thre neighbouring children from a quiet working-class Dublin suburb, Inchicore, brothers Brian and Derek and a pal Noel Nagle started playing round the fleadhs of Ireland more for fun than anything else. They used to get together at weekends playing Fleadh cheoils or music festivals, mainly as a pastime. Thoughts of fame and riches were a world apart.

Brian and Noel had taken tin whistle lessons at the Pipers Club in Thomas Street in Dublin, while Derek took up the mandolin for no better reason than his father played it.

Pete St John

The above picture was taken from the Pete St John Website

"Pete St John is a Dubliner … Educated at Scoil Muire Gan Smal, Inchicore and Synge St. CBS. He completed his apprenticeship as an electrician and then emigrated to North America … Travel, studies and a variety of colourful occupations, including everything from professional sports, casual labouring and executive sales, brought Pete the full circle back to his native city. Finding, after over a decade, the face and mood of Dublin greatly changed, Pete began writing in a very distinctive and unique style. Songs became his main interest and social comment the kernel of his output. Now firmly established as one of Ireland's most critically and commercially successful writers, his work in the fields of production and direction has advanced his horizons as an artiste." Text  taken from Rare Ould Times Website

His songs include:
Belfast Town
, Tara, Bobby Sands Luke Kelly's Land, The Fields of Athenry, Dublin in the Rare Oul' Times, Danny Farrell.

His songs have been recorded by many artists including:
The Dubliners, Paddy Reilly, Guy Mitchell, James Last, Ronnie Drew, Noel Purcell, Mary Black, Frank Patterson.


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Irish Music Links From Around The Globe
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Claddagh Irish Dance company Celtic Guitar Page  
Cassidy's (The) Claire Roche
Clancy Music Celtic Sound, live Internet Radio from Ireland Christie Moore Lyrics Page
The Christy Moore Web Site O'Connell   Robbie Cran
Croppies Celtic Heartbeat Records Champagne Cork, Barbershop Chorus
Culwick Choral Society Choral Ireland Clare Tin Whistle The
Clancy's Irish Music Radio Cahill Patricia  
Clare Music Makers Cranberries Christy Moore Page Unofficial
Claddagh Records Clannad Web Site Ceol Na Mara
Coleman Irish Music Centre Celtic
Cronan Trad Irish Music
Corrs quotes, animations, puzzles,  artwork, multimedia    

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Dervish Dara Records Davey Shaun
Dublin Uni Trad Music Donald Keith Online Discographies of Irish Artists
Dublin All Stars Marching Band Dolores Keane Danny Doyle
Dublin Welsh Male Choir DCU Traditional Society Doran Johnny  "Piper"
Dufada Irish Midis Devlins The Danny Guinan
Divine comedy Finbar Wright  


Emerald Rose Emerald Corrner, dedicated to the Corrs  


Furry Village Funge Michael Florida Folk Music, Ireland, England
Fogarty Philip Online    


Global Irish Artist Resources Gael Mór (Australia)  


Hummingbird Records Hothouse Flowers Horslips
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Irish Weavers Irish Music Page1
Irish Rovers Irish Blues Club Irish Music on the Web
Irish Music Online Irish Pipe Band Association Irish Classical Music guide
Irish Music on Sonicnet Ionad Na nAmhran/ The Song Centre Irish Opera Online
The Irish Tenor Banjo Site Iona Traditional Pan Celtic Band Irish World Music Centre
Irish Music Box Irish Music Magazine 2 Irish Music Magazine 1
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Keane James accordion player Keane Sean Web Site Kelly Nick Singer/Songwriter
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Mattie Lennon Irish Eyes, 400 Years of Wicklow Songs by Lynott Phil A Tribute to Locke Josef
Lennon Mattie Dot com  


Makem Brothers Mary Black
Music of Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin
Moher Marsh Josephine   Accordion Player Merry Ploughboys
Mornington Singers The Moulton Kevin (tenor)
Mac Dhonnagáin   Tadhg Mac Diarmada Oisin Moore Christy
Moran Billy Irish Button Accordion    


Ned Kelly Band Netherlands Irish Sessions  


O' Regan Mary O'Malley Peter Owl Records Progressive Irish Music
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Planxty (Ceolas) Pipe Organs of Youghal Pogues (The)
Peoples Tommy Website
Pale The Pay the Reckoning  

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Quagaars Country    


Reel Time Roisin Dubh Trust The Red Bull Music Academy Dublin
Roisin Dubh Trust Rock Groups Irish Rowsome Family
Uilleann Pipes
A tribute to Rory Gallagher
Rory Gallagher Home Page  


Salmon's Leap Sound of the Irish (Underground) Shantalla - traditional Irish band
Siamsa Studio Symphony Orchestra Ulster Standing Stones The
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Spillane Davy Shantalla Sansone Maggie
Seamus Walshe Clare Accordion Sessions from the Hearth  


Tiernan Paul Turlough Carolan Harpist (1670 1738) Traditional Harps
Tassida Topics in Traditional Irish Music
Traditional Songs from Connemara Tara Music compnay Tynan Ronan
Twin Lizzy (Australia) The 4 of us The Tossers


Ulster Orchestra Uilleann Pipes An Obsession
University of Limerick Choir    

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Watchorn Patsy World of Celtic Music
Wolfe Tones The World of Bodhrans
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Last Updated 08-Nov-09
The Drawing at the top of the page is copied from "Gur Cake & Coal Blocks" a book by Eamonn MacThomais