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The following is a very short discography of Irish traditional music for learners. Like my Scottish discography, it includes a very small handful of my favourite albums, and there are hundreds upon thousands more recordings out there that there just wasn't space to include. I've tried, where I could, to make sure that I included albums available on streaming services like Spotify for ease of access: this is for those new to the music, not for the specialists and collectors!

If you want to use this discography to help you get a feel for the music, I'd suggest picking an album each day or each week and working your way through the list - but you can also dip into the list at any point and you'll likely find something marvellous.


The Bothy Band – The Bothy Band
The Bothy Band – Old Hag You Have Killed Me
The Bothy Band – Live In Concert
The Chieftains – The Best of the Chieftains
The Chieftains – The Chieftains 1, 2 & 8
The Chieftains – San Patricio
Ceoltóirí Cualain – O Riada sa Gaiety
Planxty – The Well Below the Valley
Planxty – Planxty
Planxty – The Woman I Loved so Well
Planxty – Words and Music
Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin – A Stór is a Stóirín
Tabache – Are You Willing?
Tabache – Waves of Rush
Michael Gorman – The Sligo Champion
Darach ó Catháin – Darach ó Catháin
Kerry Fiddles – Kerry Fiddles
Seamus Ennis – The Bonnie Bunch of Roses
Seamus Ennis – Feidlim Tonn Rí’s Castle
Seamus Ennis – Ceol, Scealtá agus Amhráin
Cathal Hayden – Live in Belfast
Cathal Hayden & Arty McGlynn – Handed Down
Cran – The Crooked Stair
Cherish the Ladies – The Back Door
Cherish the Ladies – Cherish the Ladies
David Kincaid – The Irish-American’s Song
The Dubliners – Jigs Reels and Hornpipes
Four Men and a Dog – Barking Mad
Four Men and a Dog – Wallop the Spot
Iarla ó Lionáird – Seven Steps to Mercy
Margaret Barry – Her Mantle So Green
Mike McGoldrick & John McSherry – At First Light
The Wolfe Tones – Belt of the Celts
Lúnasa – The Merry Sisters of Fate
Lúnasa – The Kinnitty Sessions
Mick ó Brien & Caoimhín ó Raghallaigh – Kitty Lie Over
The Gloaming – The Gloaming
Flook – Haven
Stephanie Makem & Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn – Ceol is Píob
Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn, Laoise Kelly – An Drucht Geal Ceoidh
Various Artists – The Lark in the Morning

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