Music and culture are two dimensions of life that determine our nature of existence. Through music, we express those thoughts and feelings which otherwise are difficult to emote. To begin to understand any culture, hear the way they create music and sing their songs. Each country has their folk music which has been passing around for generations. The folk music of Ireland acted as an integral element in the evolution of Irish music scenario too. It originated from the rural counterparts and eventually grounded itself in the urban areas. Historically speaking, Celts contributed their craft and music to Ireland two thousand years ago along with the musical instrument harp which now is famously known as “Irish Harp.”
In 17th and 18th Century, Irish people wrote poetries which they sang as ballads at gatherings and special occasions. They used musical instruments such as accordion, banjo, concertina, fiddle, flutes, and harp. The popularity of Irish music evolved as the Irish musicians migrated to America in search of a job as full-time professional musicians. At the beginning of 19th century, Irish musicians like James Morrison, Paddy Killoran, and Michael Coleman introduced Irish folk music to a greater audience. Their musical career immensely contributed to the future of folk music of Ireland. In the late 1930’s a band called ‘Ceili Band’ emerged in Ireland, and their music had the influence of modern day musical instruments like drums and piano which made their music sound a bit like jazz. Due to this development, in the 1950s musicians like Dennis Day and Bing Crosby started recording American Irish songs. Irish and Celtic music gained popularity as Clancy Brothers, and Tommy Makem honed their musical aesthetics by creating a fusion of modern and old music. It was a classic case of art imitates life and vice-versa as the songs usually were based on everyday stories of the people. Today, Irish music is internationally known and has its originality.