There are dozens of Irish folk bands or Irish bands all over the world, most of them in the UK of course. But, there are a couple of them that stood out not only in the UK but throughout the globe with amazing music hits.
Here is our top Irish folk bands list. We’d like to share this to all of our readers, and we are excited about what they have to say about it.
The Dubliners, Dublin’s very own is one of the most influential Irish bands ever to exist. They have been together since 1962 and they have shared some of the greatest Irish music hits including Molly Malone, Mountain Dew, Monto, The Irish Rover, Dirty Old Town, The Wild Rover, and more.
Amazing fact, The Dubliners are the longest surviving Irish band in the world. In 2012, they were 50 years old. In terms of awards and accolades, The Dubliners have got quite the resume including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the BBC 2 Radio Folk Awards. The Dubliners put Irish music on the global map of music.
Did you know that the band started in a pub in Dublin and they had a different name? They performed under the name the Ronnie Drew Folk Group.
The Chieftains is one of the most commercially successful Irish fold bands in the world. The Chieftains are known for popularizing traditional Irish music. They have produced some of the greatest music albums of all time and they even collaborated with some legendary bands and artists including The Rolling Stones, Sting, and Nancy Griffith.
The Chieftains has been nominated for a Grammy 18 times and they’ve won 6 total awards. One of their most notable wins was back in 1997. The band’s album titled Santiago won the Grammy Award for Best World Music Album.
In 2002, they got a Lifetime Achievement Award from BBC 2 Radio just like The Dubliners. The Chieftains continue to inspire thousands of musicians all over the world today.