Irish Music Links
A selection of links, collected by the editors of The Irish Letter
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- Harpnet: Fun site, totally dedicated to harp festivals and info.
- Irish Fiddle: Nice historical site about the fiddle in Irish music.
Irish Music Recording Companies
- Green Linnet: A top celtic record company. Special sales on CDs.
- Irish Music International: New Irish Music recording company with some exciting new artists.
- Compass Records: Record company with unusual mix of modern and tradition Irish Music.
Irish Music Links Sites
- Ceolas: Huge selection of links on Celtic music.
- The Thistle & Shamrock: Website for a long-running Celtic music show on National Public Radio. Lots of great articles on Irish & other celtic musicians.
Places to Buy Irish Music CDs On The Web
- Custys Traditional Music Shop: Many musicians call this shop in Ennis, Clare, the best place in Ireland for CDs of traditional Irish music.
- eBay Irish Music: Irish Music Section of eBay – selling everything from old CDs to piggy banks that play Irish music.
Irish Music Organizations
- The Irish Traditional Music Archive: Website for Dublins outstanding Irish Music archive.
Irish Music Artists
- Altan: Still among the very best Irish music practitioners, from Co. Donegal..
- Boys of the Lough: A group thats made great Irish music for over 30 years.
- Black 47: Often called “New Yorks house band,” these Irish rockers are still keeping it fresh
- Peadar O Ceannabhain: Wonderful sean-nos (a capella) singer of Irish Music, from Connemara.
- The Chieftains: The group that brought world-wide attention to traditional Irish music.
- Clannad: A group thats melded world influences into traditional Irish music for 22 albums.
- The Cranberries: Gone but not forgotten, one of the best Irish rock groups ever.
- Sinead O’Connor: Odd site about the pop singer Sinead O’Connor, with a message about her upcoming retirement from music.
- Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill: Cutting edge Irish musicians Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill, who are now working in a jazz vein.
- Andy Irvine: Outstanding songwriter whos much admired by other Irish musicians.
- Eileen Ivers: American fiddler with an amazing feel for Irish music, and other world styles.
- Paddy Keenan: Known as the “king of the pipers” for over 30 years.
- Lunasa: Extremely talented and highly original Irish music group. Heirs to the Chieftains throne.
- Tommy Makem: Often called “The Godfather of Irish music.”
- Van Morrison: Unofficial sites for one of Irelands best known musical talents.
- Naimh Parsons: Possibly the best vocalist weve ever heard in Irish music.
- Damien Rice: Slightly weird site for new pop music phenom from Ireland.
- U2: Irelands best-known music group, still rocking after all these years.
Information on Irish Music
- Irish Music Magazine: Monthly Irish music publication covering all aspects of the Celtic scene
- Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann: Well known organization that promotes traditional Irish music
- Irish Music Box: Fun, on-line magazine covering Irish music, rock and traditional
Irish Music Festivals
- Louisburg Feile Chois Cuain: Celebration of traditional Irish music & song in a historic town, Louisburgh, County Mayo, April & May
- Cuirt Chruitireachta: A top harp festival where players of all levels can take workshop classes
Termonfeckin, County Meath, June & July
- Mercy General Irish Music Festival: A fesitval with something for everyone in the family
Muskegon, Michigan, September
- Willie Clancy Summer School: A large summer school of Irish music, dedicated to the memory of a great piper, Miltown Malbay, County Clare, Ireland
- Boghill Center: Center for Irish music workshops in summer, at Christmas and New Years
- Dublin Irish Festival: Thats Dublin, OHIO. A festival for Irish music, dance and culture. August
- Buffalo Irish: Very complete guide to cultural happenings, dance festivals and Irish music in Buffalo, NY
- Buncrana Music Festival: Street entertainment, Irish music and even a fireworks display, Attended by over 40,000 people last year. Buncrana, County Donegal, July
- Ballyshannon Folk & Traditional Music Festival: Street entertainment and musicians from Continental Europe. Some well-known Irish music stars have also played here. Ballyshannon, County Donegal, August