Bands/Musicians The Best Irish Rebel Music Bands  

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Irish rebel music artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good irish rebel music bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top irish rebel music bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Irish rebel music groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all irish rebel music bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest irish rebel music bands of all time, since the most famous irish rebel music artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best irish rebel music music.

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Wolfe Tones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Irish Rebel Music Bands
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Wolfe Tones


The Wolfe Tones are an Irish rebel music band who incorporate elements of Irish traditional music in their songs. They are named after the Irish rebel and patriot Theobald Wolfe Tone, one of the leaders of the Irish Rebellion of 1798, with the double entendre that a wolf tone is a spurious sound that can affect instruments of the violin family. ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Folk music of Ireland, Irish rebel music

Albums: Wolfe Tones, The Wolfe Tones Greatest Hits, Rifles of the I.R.A., Sing Out for Ireland, Spirit of the Nation, + more

Labels: Shanachie Records

Career Began: Dublin, Republic of Ireland

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The Dubliners is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Irish Rebel Music Bands
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The Dubliners


The Dubliners are an Irish folk band founded in Dublin in 1962. The band started off as The Ronnie Drew Ballad Group, named in honour of its founding member; they subsequently renamed themselves as The Dubliners. The group line-up saw many changes over their fifty-year career. However, the group's success was centred on lead singers Luke Kelly and Ronnie Drew, both of whom are now deceased. The band garnered international success with their lively Irish folk songs, traditional street ballads and instrumentals. The band were regulars on the folk scenes in both Dublin and London in the early 1960s, until they were signed to the Major Minor label in 1965 after backing from Dominic Behan. They ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Folk music of Ireland, Irish rebel music

Albums: Live at the Albert Hall, Whiskey in the Jar, A Parcel of Rogues, Plain and Simple, Essential Songs, + more

Labels: EMI, Transatlantic Records, Epic Records, Legacy Recordings, Polydor Records, + more

Career Began: Dublin, Republic of Ireland

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The Barleycorn


The Barleycorn were an Irish traditional music band who also played Irish rebel music. The band, consisting of Paddy McGuigan, Liam Tiernan, Brian McCormick and John Delaney was formed in mid-1971. Other musicians joined over the years, while some of the original members left. Their first recording was "The Men Behind the Wire", produced by Billy McBurney in Belfast and pressed in Dublin by Release Records in December 1971. After its release on 14 December the song shot into the Irish charts, selling far more copies than any other single until then released in Ireland, and remained in the charts for months. It reached no. 1 position in the Irish charts on 22 January 1972, where it remained ...more on Wikipedia

Albums: Live at the Embankment - 1972

Career Began: Belfast, United Kingdom

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Derek Warfield


Derek Warfield is an Irish singer, songwriter, historian, and a founding member of the musical group Wolfe Tones. ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Irish rebel music

Albums: Clear the Way, Sons of Erin, The Bonnie Blue Flag, Liberte '98, Legacy, + more

Nationality: Republic of Ireland

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