Additional Listening

Chapter 9

Further Listening

(Note: Beyond the specific items listed below, consult music reference works such as The Rough Guide to World Music by Simon Broughton et al. [London; New York: Rough Guides, 2006-] and Ethnomusicology: A Research Guide, by Jennifer Post [2nd ed., Routledge, 2011] for information on additional audio recordings. Use internet music providers such as Smithsonian Global Sound for chapter-related listening  and see the Internet resources sections of this Online Learning Center).

Examples of traditional and contemporary music from Ireland and the Irish diaspora.

Joe Heaney

From My Tradition: The Best of Joe Heaney. 1997. Shanachie Records.

Recordings of traditional sean-nós songs of Ireland.

Uilleann pipes

Forty Years of Irish Piping. 2003. Green Linnet.

A master of the uilleann pipes, Seamus Ennis, plays solo tunes and offers a selection of old Irish songs and stories. Recorded 1943-1973.

The Wandering Minstrel. 1993. Green Linnet.

The great Irish uilleann piper, Seamus Ennis.

Pipering of Willie Clancy. 1994. Claddagh Records.

A classic work by the great piper Willie Clancy

The Bonny Bunch of Roses. 1996. Tradition.

The great Irish uilleann piper, Seamus Ennis.

Revival performances

The Best of Altan. 1997. The Green Linnet GLCD1177.

A two CD collection of songs and tunes form a lively and imaginative band that has won the praise of listeners around the world.

The Best of the Chieftains. 2002. Sony CK 48693

Songs recorded by the popular Irish band between 1977 and 1992. Originally released by Columbia/Legacy in 1992.

The Chieftains the Wide World Over: A Forty Year Celebration. 2002. RCA Victor.

An eclectic album with guest appearances by the Rolling Stones, Ziggy Marley, Elvis Costello, Sinéad O’Connor, and even a traditional Chinese music ensemble.

The Planxty Collection. 1998. Shanachie.

A representative recording of the “second generation” Irish music revival movement.

Traditional Music of Ireland. 2009. Celtophile.

A selection of recordings from well known performers such as Patrick Street, Altan, Mick Moloney, Joe Burke, and Michael Cooney.

Eileen Ivers: Traditional Irish Music. 1995. Green Linnet GLCD 1139.

Innovative post-traditional Irish music performance.

Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul. 2003. KOCH CD-8494

Wild Blue. 2006. Green Linnet.

Eileen Ivers with other musicians plays Celtic music influenced by other musical styles and idioms.

Capture (1995-10). 2010. Real World.

Afro Celt Sound System fuses Celtic music and West African rhythms, adding South Asian bhangra, Arabic music, and dub reggae to the mix.


Belfast: Sounds of the City. 2007. Northern Ireland Music Industry Commission.

Compilation of popular music from Northern Ireland.

Ireland=Irlande. 1997. Auvidis/UNESCO D 8271.

Traditional music recorded 1935–1987 with historical, biographical, and descriptive notes.

Sound Neighbours: Contemporary Music in Northern Ireland. 2007. Smithsonian Folkways.

Includes traditional and contemporary music with program and biographical notes by Colum Sands.