You’ve heard right! We’re world renowned for our love of music and talented performers. Music is a treasured part of our culture; from toe-tapping tunes and melancholic ballads to sell-out stadiums and electrifying shows, the Irish music scene
is incredibly diverse. Here’s just some of what to expect when you visit.
If it is traditional Irish music you are looking for, then there is no better way to experience it than in one of our traditional pubs. Try The Brazen Head
, Fibber Magees
up in Belfast
or Cooley’s House
in the traditional music capital, County Clare
. Grab a seat, order a cool pint of Guinness and absorb this special atmosphere. Watch the musicians play their unforgettable harmonies (often by ear) on an array of traditional instruments like the fiddle, banjo and tin whistle and feel their infectious energy spread amongst the crowd. On the island of Ireland, you’ll find music is a shared experience.
A new generation of Irish musicians are impressing around the world, as well as established Irish acts who have long been conquering the airwaves. The likes of Hozier, Two Door Cinema Club, Niall Horan and U2 put on incredible shows wherever they go, but nothing beats seeing them in their own backyard. And the venues they play are as impressive as themselves – check out Whelan’s
or The Olympia
in Dublin for more laidback and intimate performances, or the Oh Yeah Music Centre
in Belfast to experience live music in a whole new way!
If classical music is your thing, Ireland doesn’t play second fiddle! Make sure to visit the stunning National Concert Hall
in Dublin to hear performances in “the designated home of music in Ireland”, or head down to the elegant National Opera House
in County Wexford
, Ireland’s first ever purpose-built opera house.
Why not make a weekend of it and experience one of our music festivals? Try the famous Cork Jazz Festival
for something a little different, catch some of the world’s leading performers at Electric Picnic
or camp out at the quirky Body and Soul
festival in County Westmeath.
In Ireland, you will find there is music everywhere you go. With buskers singing in the streets, music spilling out of pubs and strangers humming tunes as they pass you by, there’s no escaping the rhythm on the lively island of Ireland!
Have any other Community members experienced the music scene in Ireland? Tell us your stories!