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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    Mackeel is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

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    Nova Scotian music

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    Danny Quinn is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

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    Irish folk music

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    Folk music of Ireland, Irish rebel music

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    Celtic, Folk Rock, Irish 2015 - The Celtic Dog Tour - 20 Years CSC.

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    Sterling Bridge is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

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    Americana, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Celtic punk

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    Banshee in the Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

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    Celtic and World Music

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    The Dreadnoughts is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists


    Folk punk

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    irish, scottish, old english

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    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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    PerKelt is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

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    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

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    The Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

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    Celtic Hard Rock Celtic Rock

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    The Booze Brothers is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

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    Irish trad punk

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    Belly Bluster is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

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    Folk Punk, Folk Rock, Power Folk

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    Celtic music

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    Celtic punk, Punk rock, Folk punk

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    Folk music, Country

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    Classical music, Celtic music

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    Poitín is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

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    Folk music, Celtic music

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    Folk music, Country, Celtic music

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    Celtic music

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    Celtic fusion, Rock music, Folk music

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    Danish band

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    Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

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    Sir Reg is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists


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    Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Rock music

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    Celtic rock, Celtic music

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    Celtic punk, Punk rock

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    Folk music of Ireland, Folk rock, Folk punk

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    Oysterband is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists


    Electric folk, Folk rock, Folk punk

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    Bastards On Parade is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

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    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

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    Circle J is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists


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    Greenland Whalefishers is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists


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


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    Catgut Mary is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists


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    Smokey Bastard is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists


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    Rum Runner is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists


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    The Fisticuffs is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists


    Folk music of Ireland

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