bands/musicians The Best Celtic Bands & Artists  

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While there are tons of fantastic Celtic artists, some are just better than others. This list is designed to let the fans of Celtic music separate the absolute best Celtic bands and artists from all of the rest. Celtic music is a broad genre that includes any music inspired by the folk traditions of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and the other Celtic nations. From traditional bands honoring the history of the genre, to punk bands inspired by the rhythm and songs of the genre, a wide variety of acts fall under the banner of Celtic music. The Pogues and Gaelic Storm are classic examples of the genre, but are they the top Celtic music bands of all time? 

This is a a Celtic music artists list, including favorite Irish music bands like The Dubliners and The Chieftains, ranked best to worst by votes. This list of the top Celtic music bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. These are truly the greatest Celtic music bands of all time, since the most famous Celtic artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best Celtic music.

You can click on the Celtic music band names to see more information about that particular notable Celtic music group. If they're near the top of the best Celtic music artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top Celtic music bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the Celtic music band names themselves. This list includes Van Morrison, Ritchie Blackmore and more artists. Upvote the best artists to see them rise closer to the top of the list. Don't like Dropkick Murphys or John Butler? Give them a thumbs down.

 This list answers the questions "who are the best Celtic music bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest Celtic musician ever?" This is a perfect list if you have asked "What are good examples of Celtic music bands?" as well. 

Whether you’re a historian of Celtic music or a fan of modern celtic music bands, please vote for the best Celtic music artists - not  just the most popular Celtic music  bands that you never actually listened to. 

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Christy Moore is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
beard1 added Christy Moore Pop music, Folk music, Music of Ireland

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Leahy is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
robbiecandor added Leahy Folk music, Country, Celtic music

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Carbon Leaf is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
beard1 added Carbon Leaf Folk rock, Pop rock, Bluegrass

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Karan Casey is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
beard1 added Karan Casey Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

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Burning Bridget Cleary is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
CherylBaldino added Burning Bridget Cleary Celtic, Folk, Traditional -   

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Emish is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
joe a added Emish

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Shooglenifty is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
joe a added Shooglenifty Celtic fusion, Folk rock

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Barleyjuice is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Jessica Dreger added Barleyjuice

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Off Kilter is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Jessica Dreger added Off Kilter Rock music, Celtic music

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Shuggle Nifty is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
joe a added Shuggle Nifty

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The Mahones is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
MichaelStevenEder added The Mahones Celtic punk

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The Dreadnoughts is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
The Dreadnoughts Folk punk

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Mackeel is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Mackeel Nova Scotian music

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Green Spirit is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
MészárosDominika added Green Spirit Irish folk-rock music

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Sterling Bridge is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
joe a added Sterling Bridge

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American Rogues is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Jessica Dreger added American Rogues

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Danny Quinn is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Danny Quinn Irish folk music

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Joeri is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Joeri Steurs added Joeri

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Brizeus is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
joe a added Brizeus

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The Elders is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
The Elders Americana, Rock music, Folk rock

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CelticMayhem added Celtic Mayhem irish, scottish, old english

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GillesBogzh-daonet added BogZH Celtic Cats rock'n'roll celtic punk, celtic-rock - Rock'n'roll celtic punk-folk, Brittany FB page : https://www.facebook.com/Bogzh.Celtic.Cats

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The Booze Brothers is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Flouf added The Booze Brothers Irish trad punk

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PerKelt is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
ŠtěpánHonc added PerKelt PerKelt, based in London, has performed it's unique, progressive Celtic music since 2008. All it's members are highly-qualified, accomplished and award-winning musicians. They unleash the passion and energy of strong melodic ...

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The Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
D8_Nite added The Scarlet Celtic Hard Rock - Celtic Rock

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LászlóKristóf added Lochnesz

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Pipes and Pints is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Pipes and Pints Celtic punk, Punk rock, Folk punk

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Belly Bluster is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
IronJaob added Belly Bluster Folk Punk, Folk Rock, Power Folk

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Cherish the Ladies is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Cherish the Ladies Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

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The Rankin Family is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
robbiecandor added The Rankin Family Folk music, Country

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Fiddler's Green is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Fiddler's Green Folk music of Ireland, Folk rock, Folk punk

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Eluveitie is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
адриан-атанасов added Eluveitie Melodic death metal, Folk music, Folk rock

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Clandestine is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Clandestine Celtic music

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Rovers Ahead is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
MichaelStevenEder added Rovers Ahead Danish band

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Máiréad Nesbitt is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Máiréad Nesbitt Classical music, Celtic music

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Ashley MacIsaac is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
robbiecandor added Ashley MacIsaac Celtic fusion, Rock music, Folk music

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Poitín is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Jeremy King added Poitín Folk music, Celtic music

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Black 47 is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Black 47 Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Rock music

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Glengarry Bhoys is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Glengarry Bhoys Celtic music

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Neck is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Gerard Mellon added Neck Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Street punk

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Sir Reg is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

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The Celtic Social Club is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Luzet Samuel added The Celtic Social Club

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Clanadonia is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
robbiecandor added Clanadonia

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Real McKenzies is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Rod Robeson added Real McKenzies Celtic punk, Punk rock, Folk punk

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Creeds Cross is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Guest_8909d77f-0cbd-433b-8938-0f03518b3264 added Creeds Cross

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The Tossers is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
The Tossers Celtic punk, Punk rock

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Oysterband is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Oysterband Electric folk, Folk rock, Folk punk

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Bastards on Parade is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
DavizónLuisMiAppaloosa added Bastards On Parade

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RobertNeilGabb added Brynmor Irish, Celtic Rock -   Celtic/Rock for the massesBrynmor (Welsh for great hill) originated in 2010 after Robert Gabb craved to return to his Celtic musical roots. He had been playing in Wales and Ireland prior to moving to the United ...

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Circle J is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists