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Cathal Harkin of the Paddy Ryan Band on Tin Whistle

Whistle While You Work – The Irish Tin Whistle

The Irish tin whistle is one of the instruments most synonymous with Irish traditional Music, and its simple design belies the beauty of the...
Kathy Jordan playing the Bodhrán - The Irish Place

The Bodhrán: Heartbeat of Traditional Irish Music

Over recent years, the Bodhrán has changed and evolved faster than any other Irish Traditional Music instrument. The word 'Bodhrán' derives from the old Gaelic...
The Flute, a key instrument in Irish Traditional Music - The Irish Place

Heavenly Instrument: The Irish Flute

An Irish flute is generally a simple instrument crafted from wood. It has been played across Ireland for decades in Irish Traditional Music ensembles and...
Tara Howley and Friends at The Doolin Folk Festival 2016 with Tara playing the Uilleann Pipes - The Irish Place

Mellow Beauty – The Uilleann Pipes

The Uilleann Pipes are widely regarded as one of the most outstanding examples of pipes worldwide. Largely because of their uniquely sweet and mellow tone,...
Cathal Hayden on Banjo at The Doolin Folk Festival 2016 - The Irish Place #doolinfest

The Irish Banjo

The tenor banjo is a relative newcomer to the world of Irish traditional music, being around one hundred years old. Indeed, up until as recently...
Emer Mallon of Connla in action on the Celtic Harp - The Irish Place

Magical Music: The Celtic Harp

The Celtic Harp is known by a number of names, including the Irish, the Folk, and the Lever. It is indigenous to the following...
The Button Accordion - The Irish Place

Irish Traditional Music: the Accordion and the Concertina

The accordion is an important instrument in Irish Traditional Music, including the ever-popular Ceili style, as is the concertina, and has been since its...
Cathal Hayden of the Máirtín O'Connor Trio - The Irish Place #doolinfest

So Sweet a Tune – Irish Fiddle History

Irish fiddle history goes back thousands of years to a time and place far from Celtic Ireland. It is one of the most essential instruments...