If you like Irish music, maybe you already have a sense of the magic that awaits when you journey into the heart of traditional Irish music – the unique atmosphere of the live, local experience, the fusion of sounds and styles, old and new.
You’ll find the sounds of traditional music both mysterious and familiar, because the styles and rhythms of our folk songs, ballads, jigs or reels have found their way into almost every style of contemporary music.
So whatever your tastes, you won’t be disappointed: there really is something for everyone with a vibrant culture of traditional music, song and dance, concerts and pub sessions aplenty, and a schedule of unique and inviting festivals bringing life to towns and villages all through the year.
Want to learn how to play? Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann has info on Irish traditional music classes, or, if you know your instrument, look for specialised schools, like Cairdeas na bhFidléirí (fiddle) or Na Píobairí Uilleann (uilleann pipers).
And if you want to explore Irish traditional music in depth, the Irish Traditional Music Archive is the national resource centre for the traditional music, song and dance of Ireland.