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The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists 

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Updated November 4, 2019 3.8k votes 1.1k voters 69.3k views 127 items

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.

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The Dubliners is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
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The Chieftains is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
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The Clancy Brothers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
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Christy Moore is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
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Luke Kelly is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
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The High Kings is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
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Planxty is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
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Wolfe Tones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
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Altan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
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Lúnasa is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
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The Irish Rovers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
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The Bothy Band is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
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Liam Clancy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
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Clannad is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
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Ronnie Drew is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
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Paddy Reilly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
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Tommy Makem is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
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Mary Black is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
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De Dannan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
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Celtic Thunder is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
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The Corrs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
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John Sheahan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
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Solas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
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Mairéad Ní... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists