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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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Marc Gunn is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
bellobard added Folk music, Comedy music, Renaissance music
Fun celtic songs
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AdonnaCarverPruette added Celtic, Scottish
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SYR is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Jess MacCallum added Celtic Folk Rock

Songs of love and battle, history and victory!

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Capital Celtic is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Steven Toole added Celtic, Traditional Irish, Pub Songs and Ballads

Washington DC area Celtic trio performing at pubs, festivals, weddings and private events throughout Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. They perform traditional Irish jigs and reels as well as popular sing-along pub songs and heartfelt ballads.  In 2016, Capital Celtic performed a three-week engagement at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and opened for Gaelic Storm.  For information visit www.CapitalCeltic.band, or visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/capitalceltic/

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Battlefield Band is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Elgriz added Folk music
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The Bothy Band is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
terry-rudden added Folk music of Ireland
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Enter the Haggis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
World fusion music, World music
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Brobdingnagian Bards is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Celtic music
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Christy Moore is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
beard1 added Pop music, Folk music, Music of Ireland
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Wolfe Tones is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Folk music of Ireland, Irish rebel music
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Old Blind Dogs is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
beard1 added
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Rathkeltair is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
joe a added
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Bog Bards is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
BogBards added
Irish traditional, Celtic music
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The Elders is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Americana, Rock music, Folk rock
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Cherish the Ladies is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music
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Seven Nations is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
DavidL.Crooks added Celtic rock, Alternative rock
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The Saw Doctors is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Rock music, Folk rock, Celtic music
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The Rumjacks is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
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Barleyjuice is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Jessica Dreger added
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Selfish Murphy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Selfish Murphy added
celtic shamrock'n roll
 
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The Makem and Spain Brothers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
DianaLongThomas added
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The Rankin Family is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
robbiecandor added Folk music, Country
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The Tannahill Weavers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Fyddlwyr added
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Burning Bridget Cleary is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
CherylBaldino added Celtic, Folk, Traditional

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HenrikGuzmann added Celtic-punk