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Updated on March 1, 2019

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day With Irish Music

Why not celebrate your inner Irish-ness with some wonderful Irish music?

In fact, you can enjoy these Irish singers and Irish musicians at any time of the year, but the Irish music featured here will complement your green beer, shamrocks and leprechauns best on St. Patrick's Day. Everyone has their favourite styles, of course, whether it be Irish folk music, rock music, or some of Ireland's best known classical and vocal talents.

Whatever the day, here is a collection of 10 of some of the finest Irish musical artists that the Emerald Isle has to offer for you to enjoy. No blarney, no luck required, just great music!

The Music From Riverdance: Composed by Bill Whelan

Any mention of the Irish arts would not be complete without including Riverdance.

What became an international sensation started life as the interval act at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest. This is usually the time in the proceedings when most viewers rush to make a cup of coffee or tea, but on this occasion, it seems that we were all glued to our television sets. Michael Flatley and Jean Butler not only entranced the viewing public, but also those watching in the auditorium, who gave the musicians and dancers a rousing ovation.

The production went on to fill theatres worldwide with astounding success, making a star out of Flatley. However, 2010 saw the end of Riverdance, with a highly anticipated farewell tour.

Performing at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest

Riverdance: Music From The Show
Riverdance: Music From The Show

The expressive, sensual, and exhilarating energy of traditional Irish dance and Irish folk music is only the beginning here. A work full of strong melodies, excitement, romantic dreams, and nostalgic longing, the full Riverdance show is a spellbinding spectacle. Complete with orchestra, there are influences from Irish classical music, incorporating the haunting sound of vocal group Anuna and other folk traditions.


Thin Lizzy: Whiskey in the Jar

Whiskey in the Jar is a traditional Irish song that relates a story of betrayal among the Cork and Kerry mountains of Ireland.

Over the years, the song has been recorded by a number of artists, who have interpreted it in their own way, changing the lyrics and the setting along the way. One of the most well-known versions is by Thin Lizzy, although other popular recordings of the song have been released by The Dubliners and Metallica.

The Dubliners: Song For Ireland

Ironically, this Irish anthem was written by Englishman, Phil MacCullough. It is performed here by Luke Kelly of the Irish folk group, The Dubliners.

Corrigan Brothers: There's No-One as Irish as Barack O'Bama

Barack Obama has remarked that, "There's a little village in Ireland where my great-great-great grandfather came from, and I'm looking forward to going there and having a pint."

To prove the current president's Irish heritage the Corrigan Brothers (formerly known as Hardy Drew and the Nancy Boys), put together this song based on a traditional air calling it There's No One As Irish As Barack O'Bama. During the time of Obama's run for the White House, the track began to pick up enough hits on YouTube to help it go viral.

Celtic Woman: Danny Boy

Danny Boy is a song well established as an Irish anthem and close to every Irishman's heart. It is, therefore, ironic that the lyrics were written by Englishman Fred Weatherly and later adapted by his sister to fit to the tune Londonderry Air.

Initially recorded early last century, the song has been covered by a multitude of artists. Here's a beautiful version by one of Irish music's leading female ensembles, Celtic Woman.

Clannad: Theme From Harry's Game

This quite stunningly beautiful piece of Irish music was recorded in 1982 and served as the title theme to the British television production, Harry's Game.

Written by two members of the Irish group, Clannad, the lyrics are in their native language, and tell the story of the futility of war and violence set against the background of The Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Enya: Orinoco Flow

Enya has quickly become Ireland's best selling solo artist, and is now only second to U2 as the country's most popular musical export.

She achieved worldwide fame in 1988 with the release of her album Watermark, from which comes the highly successful single Orinoco Flow. It's often thought the song is sung in Celtic or Latin, but this ethereal sound is in fact accompanied in English.

U2: Sunday, Bloody Sunday

Back when U2 were not the media celebrities that they have now become, their punk and passionate style underpinned the frustrations of adolescence.

These frustrations included a political awareness intensified by the violence of 1970s Ireland. Sunday, Bloody Sunday has now become a mainstay of U2's live performances and provides a commentary on the events of January, 1972 when fourteen civil rights protesters were shot and killed by British troops.

The Corrs: Breathless

The Corrs are best loved for their combination of folk and rock, which has seen them scale the music charts worldwide.

The group is comprised of siblings Andrea, Sharon, Caroline and Jim who bring their own brand of Irish music to their pop sensibilities. They are currently enjoying some down time while family and solo commitments take precedence, but their joyful sound can be heard here on their song Breathless.

Chris De Burgh: Don't Pay the Ferryman

Chris De Burgh is probably best known for the huge success that was The Lady in Red. But there is so much more to his music than just this one song.

While he struggled to gather any mainstream recognition during the 1970s, the next decade saw his star begin to rise. His first success, albeit relatively minor, came with the song Don't Pay the Ferryman, a tale steeped in mythology with underlying references to the Grim Reaper.

The Irish Music Poll

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I hope you have enjoyed your visit to this page highlighting some of the best of Irish music and the singers and artists who have displayed their talents to the world.

© 2010 Richard

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    • boneworld profile image

      Jackson Thom 

      5 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      Awe nice bunch of music! Thin Lizzy is my ring tone. Glad you gave them some love.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 

      5 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      A good "listening" lens. Thanks so much for sharing! I'm not Irish, but I do enjoy Irish music!

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for the great lens and for the magic music )

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      5 years ago

      Good stuff! This will give me some nice background music as I make tomorrow's lunch. Love the Barack O'Bama song.

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      christian reese 5 

      5 years ago

      Thank you for posting this collection. I love listening to Irish music form time to time and I'll definitely check these songs out.

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      5 years ago

      I love Celtic and Irish Music! Thanks for this great lens!

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      6 years ago

      Not much of a fan for Irish music, but I just recently started to love Folk so I guess I'll check it out

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      6 years ago

      I like Irish music very much, and invite you to check out the Irish Rovers, one of my favorites. I could be biased because they are Canadian, but definitely around here they are big when it comes to Irish music!

      Great article!

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      I have always loved Celtic music. It just draws you into its magic so easily.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      6 years ago from United States

      Wishing you a year of many new blessings starting with this one! Happy New Year!

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      7 years ago

      Great lens!

      Irish music is one of my favorite!

    • mrstwowheeljunkie profile image


      7 years ago

      Love Irish Music! I could listen to it everyday! Thanks for the great lens!

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      flowski lm 

      7 years ago

      I didn't know Enya was Irish. You know an Irish band I like, The Cranberries. They were good...

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 

      7 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Love the Irish Music theme and I really love the way you put this lens together-best I've seen! :>)

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      7 years ago

      Nice. Love Celtic music. Long time fan of Enya. Great job.

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      7 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Great job! What a great selection of Irish music.

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      7 years ago

      Oh, nicely done! There's enough music and enough variety here to keep a ceilidh going for hours. (I'd forgotten all about Gilbert O'Sullivan, so an extra 'thank you' for that blast from the dim distant past!) *blessed*

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      7 years ago

      For St Patrick's Day the classic Irish folk songs are what I love, Paddy Rielly, Clancy brothers, Wolfetones, that's the stuff. The modern bands are nice for everyday but give me the the balladeers on St. Paddys.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      You know, I just had to drop by with a little blessing to prepare for St. Patrick's Day!

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      7 years ago

      Appreciating your topic. There's gonna be a lot of Irish music here in Virginia/Metro DC as always a popular style. Congrads your Squidoo trophy. Conversations helps with new ideas and new topics. Thanks.

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      7 years ago

      I love Irish music. All of these are great. Got a good addition for you -Tommy Makem

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      SophiaStar LM 

      7 years ago

      I love Irish music and performers, great lens for me to explore thank you! I recently went to Ireland last year to meet my other half's family and the music you hear in the pubs is delightful!

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      SophiaStar LM 

      7 years ago

      I love Irish music and performers, great lens for me to explore thank you! I recently went to Ireland last year to meet my other half's family and the music you hear in the pubs is delightful!

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      Tyla MacAllister 

      8 years ago

      This is a great compilation of Irish music. There are many of my old favorites here and some new discoveries,too. I'm sure I'll be back to this page many times. I enjoy Irish music all the time,not only on St. Paddy's Day.

      *Lucky Leprechaun Blessings for this Irish music lens. Happy St. Patrick's Day.*

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      Tony Payne 

      8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Great selection of Irish music, nice to see some of those artists that are not usually featured, like Gilbert O'Sullivan and Chris DeBurgh. Blessed by an angel.

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      Mickie Gee 

      8 years ago

      Many years ago, I was introduced to the Corrs' music by my local public library. It has a wonderful theatre and always has Irish Music around St. Patrick's Day.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      Adding a kiss for luck on this St. Patrick's Day!

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      8 years ago

      This lens has a wonderful variety of Irish music. Thanks! I like the soft peaceful songs myself.

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      Alfiesgirl LM 

      8 years ago

      I love everything Irish full-stop. I have lensrolled this great lens to 2 of my own great Ireland related lenses, one is & the other is anyway back to your lens here...It's a craíc-er of a lens 5*****, lensrolled, tweeted, squidliked n I shall kiss the Blarney stone for ya' .

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      8 years ago

      I did enjoy the music, I am Irish

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      SweetMarie83 LM 

      8 years ago

      Great lens! I enjoy many of the ones you've listed (especially U2 and the Corrs) and a few others as well.

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      Dianne Loomos 

      8 years ago

      I love Roger Whittaker, Celtic Woman, Celtic Thunder (I wish they would stick more to Irish songs). I'm enjoying the Irish anthem you have her performed by Luke Kelly. I am part Irish but don't know much about my Irish heritage so I find the country very fascinating.

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      8 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Fantastic selection of the very best Irish Music to gladden the heart!

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      Ann Hinds 

      8 years ago from So Cal

      Really enjoyed the music selection. Great lens with lots of information. .

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      9 years ago

      great lens! i listen to irish music all the time because i irish dance, here is the link to my irish dancing lens:

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      9 years ago

      Well well well ... now that you ask, I will tell ya ... hubby is Scot-Irish and we are working on getting him to Ireland to do a little golfing, visit the sights, kiss that Blarney Stone, and perhaps dig up a few old relatives ... some genealogy research into the family! Oh, and Riverdance is spectacular in performance.

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      9 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      This is a wonderful selection of songs. 5* and adding it to my Irish Music lens! :)

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      Laraine Sims 

      9 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I love all things Irish and this lens is VERY Irish so, I love it! 5*s, favored and lensrolled to one of my Irish lenses.

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      9 years ago

      Your passion really shine through here, Richard. Can't imagine anyone not loving Irish music.

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      9 years ago

      This beautiful lens is featured today on Squidoo Lens Reviews - Stop by and pick up your badge if you would like.

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      Tony Payne 

      9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Excellent lens featuring some wonderful Irish artists. 5*****. I was looking at the Irish Tenors the other day to add to my Limericks and Irish Poetry lens but it seems that a lot of their Videos for some reason are not on DVD, I will have to find out why. Have you heard of Horslips? Irish Rock Music isn't complete without a live version of Dearg Doom from their album "The Tain". I maybe ought to create a lens on them one day. Lensrolled this to my Limericks and Irish Poetry lens. great job.

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      Holley Web 

      9 years ago

      Congratulations on Winning the Squidoo Lens Luau for Feb 15-19th!

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      9 years ago

      I'm loving your choices and enjoyed my visit here! Thanks for sharing your Irish favorites.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      9 years ago from United States

      What a great way to start the day! Awesome music and lens. Angel Blessed, added to Squid Angel Mouse Tracks and today's choice to be featured on my "Most Excellent Lens" facebook page!

      (facebook is not playing well this morning. For some reason your photo is not showing, but the link to your page is correct:)

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      Michey LM 

      9 years ago

      Wow! Rich The Riverdance version with Flatley and Butler has been my favorite show ever, I also love the Irish pipes. And I know how beautiful country side is... Some day... I'll go there!

      Fav 5* Thanks so much


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      9 years ago

      There are bands here that I know, but wouldn't have connected with St Patrick's Day. Interesting!

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      Kate Loving Shenk 

      9 years ago from Lancaster PA

      @OhMe: My husband and I play Irish music every year--and all year long!! I love Waltzing Maltilda, and Fiddler's Green--my own personal favorites!

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      Bambi Watson 

      9 years ago

      Not a U2 fan...and you left out the Irish Rovers...but still a really fun lens!

      Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Great Irish Music. St. Patricks Day will be here before we know it.

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      9 years ago

      I love Irish Folk Music! Thank you for the great selection on this page. I lensrolled it to my page about the Dubliners.

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      9 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I'm not Irish, but my nickname in college was 'Patrick' (short for Patricia as there were two of us by the same name sharing a dorm room ... :-). I was interested to learn that "Whiskey in the Jar" is an Irish song; I'm most familiar with it as a 'folk song' recorded by the folk group "The Highwaymen" and featured in their 'Folk Hits Collection' I own. Never heard Thin Lizzy's version before reading this page.

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      9 years ago

      I too love Irish music, especially the Corrs and Chris de Burgh. You've got a great selection here for St. Patrick's Day. Lensrolled to my Ireland lens. 5*

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      9 years ago

      I do love Irish music! The music and dance from Riverdance is thrilling to watch and listen to. My favorite Irish singers are âThe Irish Tenorsâ, and I have a CD where they also sing âDanny Boyâ. There is some beautiful music here. Enjoyed listening very much.

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      Cynthia Arre 

      9 years ago from Quezon City

      I enjoyed my stay on this beautifully-crafted lens, Richard! The music selections are great - I didn't know Enya & Chris de Burgh were Irish but I knew about U2 being from Dublin of course. I even learned something about the other artists who am not familiar with. *blessed*

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      9 years ago

      Well, yes, I enjoyed visiting this page! I'm Belgian so Saint Patrick is supposed to mean nothing to me but two years ago, my invisible friends from the GardenWeb forum sent me a wonderful pack full of holiday decorations and there were Saint-Patrick items such as a few leprechauns, gold coins, green/white garlands, etc. Since I got the pack in march, I decorated the dining room in green and white and featured these nice items I've got from Phoenix, Arizona. It was really nice and I still put the little decorations in the room in March!

      Great lens, as usual.

      Blessed by the Squidoo Holiday Fan/SquidAngel ;)


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      Holley Web 

      9 years ago

      I absolutely love listening and watching Celtic Woman. These are really wonderful songs and artists featured here. I love the lens and the history you have provided.


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