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Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists

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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    Live at the Albert Hall, Whiskey in the Jar, A Parcel of Rogues

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    Legend, Landmarks, Clannad

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    Burning Times, Prosperous, The Iron Behind the Velvet

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    Irish Heartbeat, The Chieftains in China, The Best of the Chieftains

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    Wolfe Tones, The Wolfe Tones Greatest Hits, Rifles of the I.R.A.

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    The High Kings, Memory Lane, A Celtic Family Christmas

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    Talk on Corners, Best of The Corrs, Forgiven

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    The Bothy Band 1975: The First Album, The Best of the Bothy Band, Live in ...

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    Another Sky, The Blue Idol, Local Ground

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    The Collection, Dubliners (with Luke Kelly), The Best Of

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    Hard New York Days, Storm, Mythology

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    Come Fill Your Glass With Us: Irish Songs of Drinking and Blackguarding, ...

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    The Lark in the Morning, Irish Troubadour, The Dutchman

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    The Merry Sisters of Fate, Otherworld, Redwood

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    The Words That Remain, Waiting for an Echo, Solas

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    Pearls, The Best of Ronnie Drew, Guaranteed Dubliner

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    A Jacket of Batteries, Ballroom, The Star Spangled Molly

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    The Well Below the Valley, Planxty, Cold Blow and the Rainy Night

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    No Frontiers, Twenty-Five Years, Twenty-Five Songs

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    Liz Carroll, Lake Effect, A Friend Indeed

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    The Very Best of Paddy Reilly, 20 Golden Irish Ballads, Paddy Reilly's ...

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    On Christmas Night, At Home, Out and About

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    An Irish Christmas, Signature, In Christ Alone: New Hymns of Prayer & ...

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    Altan, Ceol Aduaidh, Imeall

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    Ten Feet High, Lifelines, Shame on You (To Keep My Love From Me)

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    The Best of Jim McCann

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    Coolfin, Dónal Lunny, Journey: The Best of Donal Lunny

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    Seal Maiden: A Celtic Musical, Songlines, The Winds Begin to Sing

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    Hearts on Fire

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    Burlesque, Broadside, Hedonism

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    Endeavour, The Landing Step, Cloudy Day Navigation

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    Chatterbox, Perpetual Motion, Crossroads

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    Solid Ground, There Was a Maid, Night Owl

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    The Pilgrim (The Glasgow Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor: Iain ...

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    Christmas Lights, Out of Court, Dialogues: Agallaimh

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    The Makem & Clancy Concert, The Tommy Makem Songbag, Two for the Early ...

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    Songs of Christmas, Another Round, Children of the Unicorn

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    The Sky Road, The Smile on Your Face, Don't Get Me Wrong

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    Gan Dhá Phingin Spré, Maighréad Ní Dhomhnaill, ...

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    Altan, Ceol Aduaidh

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    Many's a Wild Night, Eavesdropper

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