Folk Music The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists  

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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.

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211 61
The Dubliners is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Live at the Albert Hall, Whiskey in the Jar, A Parcel of Rogues

2
141 40
The Chieftains is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Irish Heartbeat, The Chieftains in China, The Best of the Chieftains

3
109 35
The Clancy Brothers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Come Fill Your Glass With Us: Irish Songs of Drinking and Blackguarding, Best of the Vanguard Years, The Boys Won't Leave the Girls Alone

4
62 18
Lúnasa is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
The Merry Sisters of Fate, Otherworld, Redwood

5
85 33
Christy Moore is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Burning Times, Prosperous, The Iron Behind the Velvet

6
70 24
Luke Kelly is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
The Collection, Dubliners (with Luke Kelly), The Best Of

7
65 22
Altan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Another Sky, The Blue Idol, Local Ground

8
51 13
The Bothy Band is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
The Bothy Band 1975: The First Album, The Best of the Bothy Band, Live in Concert

9
55 16
Planxty is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
The Well Below the Valley, Planxty, Cold Blow and the Rainy Night

10
79 33
The High Kings is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
The High Kings, Memory Lane, A Celtic Family Christmas

11
41 8
Ronnie Drew is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Pearls, The Best of Ronnie Drew, Guaranteed Dubliner

12
40 8
Paddy Reilly is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
The Very Best of Paddy Reilly, 20 Golden Irish Ballads, Paddy Reilly's Ireland

13
51 16
Clannad is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Legend, Landmarks, Clannad

14
39 8
Tommy Makem is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
The Makem & Clancy Concert, The Tommy Makem Songbag, Two for the Early Dew

15
48 15
Liam Clancy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
The Lark in the Morning, Irish Troubadour, The Dutchman

16
50 17
The Irish Rovers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Songs of Christmas, Another Round, Children of the Unicorn

17
46 16
Mary Black is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
No Frontiers, Twenty-Five Years, Twenty-Five Songs

18
65 32
Wolfe Tones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Wolfe Tones, The Wolfe Tones Greatest Hits, Rifles of the I.R.A.

19
36 12
De Dannan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
A Jacket of Batteries, Ballroom, The Star Spangled Molly

20
28 7
Solas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
The Words That Remain, Waiting for an Echo, Solas

21
28 7
John Sheahan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists

22
24 5
Bobby Clancy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists

23
42 20
Celtic Thunder is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Hard New York Days, Storm, Mythology

24
22 4
Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Altan, Ceol Aduaidh, Imeall

25
21 4
Danú is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Irish Folk Bands/Artists
Dual, Up in the Air, Think Before You Think