Best Irish folk bands

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Today in TopFestivals we invite you to discover which are the best Irish folk bands that have contributed to make Irish folk and traditional music very well known.

10 best Irish folk bands that you must know

Have you seen the movie "It had to be you"? This romantic comedy was filmed in Ireland with beautiful scenery worth seeing in person, but the beauty of the place is not the only good thing. Namely, this country also has good music, so today we will talk about. lhe 10 best Irish folk bands.

  • Altan

  • Celtic Woman

  • The Dubliners

  • The High Kings

  • The Irish Rovers

  • Clannad

  • The Chieftains

  • K铆la

  • Dervish

  • Boys of the Lough


This is one of the best Irish folk groups who have delighted their fans with songs in the Gaelic language, as well as instrumental styles originating from Donegal, the town where the band was created.

Altan have sold over a million records and are considered one of the most important groups in the world. most important bands in the world.. They have many fans in different countries such as Japan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom and all over Europe.

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Celtic Woman

It is a group formed by women and is characterized by a music that covers different musical styles such as New Age, ClassicalWorld, Celtic and Folk.

Celtic Woman has performed in important venues, among them, the Slane Castlewhich is located in County Meath, Ireland. After the presentation of the group in this castle they gained much more popularity.

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The Dubliners

Although this band is no longer active, it is worth mentioning it, as they had a successful 50-year a successful 50-year career and have served as inspiration for other groups. Likewise, they were a fundamental base in the popularization of Irish music.

Due to their long career, in 2012 they received the "Lifetime Achievement Award". the "Lifetime Achievement Awardaward, by the BBC. That same year they reached their 50th anniversary and became the most influential and enduring band of the 20th century in Ireland. In addition, at the end of that year they announced their retirement from the stage.

The High Kings

This band originated in Dublin in 2007 and a year later they decided to release their first album, which was a great success; it reached the number 2 position in Billboard magazine. position 2 of the Billboard magazine magazine for 36 weeks.

On the other hand, it is worth mentioning that their second album was so successful that they obtained a platinum certification. This group is formed by 4 members, Brian Dunphy, Paul O'Brien, Finbarr Clancy and Darren Holden.

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The Irish Rovers

Some of this group's most popular songs are: "The Unicorn", "Wasn't That a Party" and "The Orange and the Green" .. In addition, The Irish Robers are known for several international TV series that have helped to popularize Irish music.

Currently, the group is active in social networks and you can enjoy their music on platforms such as Spotify, Youtube, Deezer, among others. In addition, we mention that it is one of the best Irish folk bands that you can miss live.

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This group includes in their music other musical styles such as pop-rock, rock and Celtic music. The band's name comes from a Gaelic phrase "an Clann as Dobhar", which means "The Dore family".

Also, the band's founding dates back to the 1970s and was founded by one of Ireland's most successful families, the Brennans. Also, we mentioned that this group has a wide musical repertoire that you can listen to on Spotify.

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The Chieftains

The chieftains is a band of traditional music with a career of many, many years, because was formed in Dublin in 1963., the discographic content they have produced is also extensive.

One of the most outstanding albums of this band was released in 2010 and titled "San Patricio", a tribute dedicated to the homonymous battalion that fought alongside the Mexican army in the war against the United States. This album features the collaboration of folk in SpanishLila Downs, the band Los Tigres del Norte and Chavela Vargas.

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K铆la's discography covers a total of 13 albums and one of its members, R贸n谩n 脫 Snodaigh, has recorded 3 solo albums. Also, you should know that this band was born in 1987 in the "Col谩iste Eoin Irish Language Institute" (Dublin).

In the year 2007 K铆la participated in the "WOMAD" Cultural Festival which took place in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, where she received a lot of support from the public.

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This amazing folk group has performed at the most prestigious Celtic festivals in the world and in 2007 they represented Ireland at the "Euro Euro Song Festival". Eurovision Song Contest", performing the song "They can sing".performing the song "They can't stop the spring".

Throughout their career they have recorded a total of 11 albumsamong which we can mention: Harmony Hill, Decade, Travelling Show and The Thrush in the Storm.

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Boys of the Lough

Founded in 1970, although their musical genre is folk, they also play Celtic music. It is a Scottish-Irish Scottish-Irish band and, given its beginnings in the seventies, has recorded many albums.

On the other hand, Boys of the Lough has taken part in festivals such as the Festival de Ortigueira and the Morrazo Interceltic Festival.

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Did the music of these bands transport you to Ireland? We hope you choose your favorite band from our list and go to several of their concerts around the world.

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