Music

The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists

List Rules
Only Irish folk bands and artists.

Folk music remains one of the most profound and popular pillars of Ireland's musical culture. Despite Irish rock music gaining acclaim towards the end of the 20th century, Irish folk bands have been around since decades prior and served as a profound way for both singers and groups to share their stories and life experiences. Irish folk artists are not only beloved in their native land, but also internationally. Irish folk music continuously resonates with diehard fans, and their works have become significant contributions of the great Irish songbook.

So, what are the best Irish folk bands of all time? From The Clancy Brothers and The Chieftains, to The Dubliners, this list contains all of your favorite, traditional Irish folk musicians. However, these Irish folk groups were instrumental in telling the tales / 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 that the best male and female Irish folk artists are admired so fondly.

That said, it's up to you to determine which Irish folk bands are the best. This list answers the questions "who are the best folk musicians from Ireland?" and "who is the greatest Irish folk artist of all time?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the bands' music (i.e. good/bad albums and songs) instead of just voting for the most popular, famous, or modern Irish folk musicians whom you might've heard of.