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Folk music in Ireland remains one of the most aspects of their musical culture. Despite Irish rock music gaining acclaim towards the end of the 20th century, Irish folk bands has endured through the years and has served as a popular way for singers to share stories and voice their concerns of their time. Irish folk singers are beloved in their native land, and in some cases, their music has caught on with other Irish people across the globe. The best Irish folk singers resonated with their diehard fans and their music is part of the great Irish songbook.

So, what are the best Irish folk bands and artists? If you're familiar with Irish folk bands, you know that's not an easy question to answer. However, you're likely to include Irish folk bands like The Clancy Brothers, The Chieftains, The Dubliners among the best Irish folk bands. These Irish folk singers were instrumental in telling the tales and singing about Irish culture in a way that few were able to before. Irish folk music is the backbone of the country's musical identity, and it's not a surprise the best Irish folk singers are looked at so fondly.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best Irish folk bands. If you notice that one is missing, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best folk music of Ireland bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest folk music of Ireland musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular folk music of Ireland bands that you might've heard of.(114 items)

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The Dubliners is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
The Dubliners Folk music of Ireland, Irish rebel music

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Lúnasa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Lúnasa Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

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De Dannan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
De Dannan Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

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The Chieftains is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
The Chieftains Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

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Christy Moore is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Christy Moore Pop music, Folk music, Music of Ireland

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Wolfe Tones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Wolfe Tones Folk music of Ireland, Irish rebel music

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The High Kings is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
The High Kings Folk music of Ireland

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Planxty is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Planxty Folk music of Ireland

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Altan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Altan Folk music, Folk music of Ireland

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The Clancy Brothers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
The Clancy Brothers Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Irish rebel music

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Clannad is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Clannad New Age music, Rock music, Folk music

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The Bothy Band is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
The Bothy Band Folk music of Ireland

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Mary Black is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Mary Black Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

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The Corrs is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
The Corrs Celtic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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Ronnie Drew is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Ronnie Drew Folk music of Ireland

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Luke Kelly is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Luke Kelly Folk music, Folk music of Ireland

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Paddy Reilly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Paddy Reilly Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

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Liam Clancy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Liam Clancy Folk music, Folk music of Ireland

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Solas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Solas Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

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Liz Carroll is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Liz Carroll Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

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Celtic Thunder is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Celtic Thunder Adult contemporary music, Folk music, Folk music of Ireland

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Máire Brennan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Máire Brennan New Age music, Folk music, Folk music of Ireland

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Tommy Makem is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Tommy Makem Folk music of Ireland

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Danú is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Danú Folk music of Ireland

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Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, World music

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John Sheahan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
John Sheahan Folk music of Ireland

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Andrea Corr is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Andrea Corr Pop music, Rock music, Folk music of Ireland

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Bobby Clancy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Bobby Clancy Folk music of Ireland

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Karan Casey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Karan Casey Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

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Patsy Watchorn is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Patsy Watchorn Folk music of Ireland

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Donal Lunny is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Donal Lunny Rock music, Folk music, Folk music of Ireland

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Martin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Martin Hayes Folk music of Ireland

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Cherish the Ladies is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Cherish the Ladies Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

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Dolores Keane is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Dolores Keane Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

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Maighréad Ní Dhomhnaill is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Maighréad Ní Dhomhnaill Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

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The Irish Rovers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
The Irish Rovers Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Folk rock

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Barney McKenna is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Barney McKenna Folk music of Ireland

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Gráda is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Gráda Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

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Frances Black is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Frances Black Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

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Eamonn Campbell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Eamonn Campbell Folk music of Ireland

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Máirtín O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Máirtín O'Connor Folk music of Ireland

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Líadan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Líadan Folk music, Folk music of Ireland

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Jim McCann is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Jim McCann Folk music, Folk music of Ireland

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Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists

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Liam O'Flynn is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Liam O'Flynn Folk music of Ireland

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Máire Ní Chathasaigh is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Máire Ní Chathasaigh Folk music of Ireland

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Seán Cannon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Seán Cannon Folk music of Ireland

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Maura O'Connell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Maura O'Connell Folk music, Folk music of Ireland

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The Makem Brothers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
The Makem Brothers Folk music, Folk music of Ireland

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Frankie Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Frankie Kennedy Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, World music