Ireland has been creating its own unique blend of traditional music for centuries. It’s a treasured part of our culture that’s been handed down through generations and is known the world over.
For starters, it’s diverse. On one side are exuberant toe-tapping tunes to get you dancing. On the other, ballads so emotive grown men have been moved to tears. Another reason? The instruments. The island of Ireland's music uses an assortment of borrowed and native musical instruments, including the fiddle, bodhrán, Lambeg drum and Celtic harp that all come together to make a sweet, unmistakable sound.
The best place to experience this music has to be in our traditional pubs. It’s here among pints of Guinness and wooden corner booths that sessions take place – casual and communal recitals where musicians trade melodies and ancient songs from our Irish and Ulster-Scots heritage. Mandolins are plucked, drums beaten and accordions squeezed, as friends old and new watch on. It’s music to be shared, and in Ireland, we have it on tap.