Irish music is generally known for being upbeat and fun to dance along with. Buying some Irish music albums is a good way to add diversity to your music collection, too. But not all Irish music is the same. It actually falls into several genres. Here are some of the most common genres of Irish music you'll see on CD albums.
Traditional Irish Music
Traditional Irish music is the genre that most people think about first when they hear "Irish music." It incorporates lots of harps, bagpipes, tin whistles, and drums. Most traditional Irish music is played in the keys of D, G, and C.. Most traditional songs are upbeat and intended for dancing, and they often tell a story with their lyrics. You'll hear a lot of this music in old-school Irish pubs and dance halls.
Choral music is performed at Ireland's large cathedrals and churches. It often features the organ, along with some more traditional Irish instruments like the harp. Most pieces are either hymns or classical songs with lyrics. Choral music is often played in Irish churches, but you'll also hear it during big festivals and community events.
Rock and roll is not just a British and American genre. The Irish love rock music, too, and they even have their own twist on it. Often, this genre has heavy vocals, plenty of drums, and piano. Layered in are segments of more traditional Irish music, performed with bagpipes and lutes. Anyone who loves rock, in general, will have an easy time getting into an Irish rock music album. You'll probably recognize some of the bands right away, as many of them have made it into the mainstream rock world.
Country and Irish
Yes, the genre is known as "country and Irish," not "country Irish." This genre is actually a blend of American country music with traditional Irish music. It makes for a really enjoyable, snappy, toe-tapping style of music with great storylines. Country and Irish was really popular in the 1960s, but it's still around today. It's a good choice if you're looking for something homey and enjoyable.
Hopefully, you are now more aware of your options when it comes to Irish music albums. There are quite a few good albums out there that will have you singing along, tapping your feet, and having an all-around good time.
Check out some different Irish music album CDs until you find one you like.