Do you think them proud city folk will listen to his poor ould ballads with the heart of the boy singing through them. It's only us-- it's only us, I say, as knows the long wild nights, and the wet and the rain and the mist of nights on the boglands-- it's only us I say could list to him in the right way; and ye knowed, right well ye knowed, that every string of his fiddle was keyed to the crying of your own heart.

Rutherford Mayne
The Turn of the Road

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The following hand-picked links will take you to official or fan websites for Irish musicians in the traditional, classical, New Age and rock genres.
For background information on Irish musicians, particularly older groups, the Ceolas artist listings are very useful.
Altan • critically acclaimed traditional band from Donegal
Anuna • choral vocal group whose repertoire includes traditional and Medieval music
Mary Black • contemporary and traditional vocalist
Black 47 • Irish American rockers
Luka Bloom • alternative rock performer and songwriter
Paul Brady • singer, instrumentalist and songwriter in both traditional and rock genres
Maire Breatnach • extraordinary fiddle player
Cherish the Ladies • US-based traditional group of female instrumentalists, dancers and vocalists
Liam Clancy • folk and ballad singer
The Corrs • top-selling band mixing trad and pop
Elvis Costello • Irish rocker
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The Cranberries • hugely successsful pop rock band
Danu • traditional group
The Dublin City Ramblers • ballad group
Eoin Duignan • uilleann piper and low whistle player
Rory Gallagher • memorial site to Irish rock star and guitarist
James Galway • flute and whistle player
Kieran Goss • singer songwriter
Gráinne Hambly • Irish harper
Mick Hanly • singer songwriter
Ronan Hardiman • composer (The Lord of the Dance)
The Irish Rovers • folk group of 'The Unicorn' fame
The Jivenaires • Irish showband tribute site
James Keane • accordion player
Sean Keane • singer
Brian Kennedy • singer/songwriter
Kila • high energy 'alternative' traditional group
Josef Locke • legendary Irish tenor and subject of the film 'Hear My Song'
The Makem & Spain Brothers • traditional group
Josephine Marsh • accordion player
Eleanor McEvoy • contemporary vocalist
Brian McNamara • uilleann piper
Áine Minogue • vocalist and harp player
Christy Moore • singer and songwriter
Van Morrison • the official Van Morrison website
Brendan Mulvihill • fiddle player
Tomás Ó Canainn • piper, singer, lecturer
Sinéad O'Connor • controversial, gifted vocalist
Daniel O'Donnell • popular and congenial singer
Diarmuid O'Leary and The Bards • folk/ballad singers
Brendan O'Loughlin • folk rock singer/songwriter
Mícheál Ó Suilleabháin • contemporary Irish composer and instrumentalist
Jerry O'Sullivan • uilleann piper
Frank Patterson • popular Irish tenor
Tommy Peoples • fiddle legend
Cathy Ryan • female vocalist
Kevin Rowsome • of the legendary uilleann piping family
Tommy Sands • singer/songwriter from the north
The Sawdoctors • farmer-rock from the midlands... mighty craic!
Pierce Turner • hard to describe, intriguing songwriter/performer... traditional + rock + string quartet
U2 • big, big, big rock group
Bill Whelan • composer (Riverdance)
The Wolfe Tones • ballad group

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