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THE GREAT ONES (Well, a few of 'em anyway!)

Here is the rabbit hole of some of my favorite Irish (and some not-so-Irish) musicians, pulled randomly out of my, er, head.

I'm sure to have missed a bunch of REALLY GREAT ones!  So, please send me your faves!

Please note: Some of these musicians are from the long-ago, so their recordings may  not be exactly "easy listening" to the uninitiated. My advice: Get initiated!

Tin Whistle

I highly recommend the album "Tin Whistles" by Paddy Maloney and Sean Potts

Mary Bergin

Donncha O’Briain

Cathal McConnell

Grey Larson

Paddy Maloney

Sean Potts

Micho Russell

Joanie Madden

Willie Clancy

Francis McIlduff

Éamonn de Barra

Sean Ryan

Uilleann Pipes:

Paddy Keenan

Willie Clancy

Finbar Furey

Liam O’Flynn

Seamus Ennis

Mick O’Brien

Willie Clancy

Ronan Browne

Johnny Doran

Felix Doran

Paddy Moloney

Jerry O’Sullivan

Leo Rowsome

Kevin Rowsome

Patsy Touhey

Mikie Smith

Padraig McGovern

Tim Britton

Blackie O’Connell

Joe Shannon

Gay Mckeon

Joey Abarta

Robbie Hannon

John McSherry

Joe McKenna

Tommy Reck

Robbie Hannon

David Power

Pat Darcey

John McSherry

Francis McIlduff


Dolores Keane

Colm O'Donnell

Josie McDermott

Johnny Moynihan

Noirn ne Riain

Willie Clancy

Robbie O'Connell

Seamus Ennis

Sorcha Ní Ghuairim

Nan Tom Teaimín de Búrca

Michael O’Domhnaill

Dick Gaughan

Nic Jones

Maddy Prior

June Tabor

Mary Black

Paul Brady

Liam Clancy

Joe Heaney

Triona Ni O’Domhnaill

Len Graham

Cathal McConnel

Frank Harte

Paddy Tunney

Margaret Barry

Jim Flanagan

Sarah Makem

Moya Brennan

Christy Moore

Maura O'Connell

Mick Hanley

Moya (Moira) Brennan

Mick Maloney

Kevin Conneff

Mary O'Hara

Bert Jansch

Frankie Armstrong


Conal O'Grada

Fintan Vallely

Josie McDermot

Grey Larson

Paddy Taylor

Matt Molloy

June McCormack

Frankie Gavin

Harry Bradley

Seamus Tansey

Michael McGoldrick

Paddy Carty

Catherine McEvoy

John McKenna

Josie McDermott

Joe Burke

Joanie Madden

Éamonn de Barra

Paddy Carty

Vincent Broderick

Noel Rice

Kevin Crawford 


Kevin Burke

Liz Carroll

Eilleen Ivers

Brian Conway

Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh

Michael Coleman

James Morrison

Tommy Potts

Julia Clifford

Paddy Killoran

Frankie Gavin

Tommy Peoples

Siobhan Peoples

Paddy Glackin

James Kelly

Martin Hayes

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh 

Nealy Boyle

Colin Farrell

Sean Keane


The Bothy Band

The Chieftains

The Voice Squad


De Dannan


Kevin Burke and Michael O’Domhnaill

The Dubliners

The Clancy Brothers

The Tannahill Weavers


The Gloaming

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill

The Boys of the Lough

Patrick Street

The Kilfenora Ceili Band

The Tulla Ceili Band

Matt Molloy, Paul Brady and Tommy Peoples

Steeleye Span

Fairport Convention



The Johnstons

Skara Brae




At First Light

Mick O’Connor and

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh 



Paul Brady

Michael O'Domhnaill 

Arty McGlyn

Martin Carthy

John Doyle

Bert Jansch

John Renbourne

Piere Bensusan

Mick Maloney

Liam Clancy

Fionán de Barra

Dennis Cahill


Alec Finn

Donal Lunny

Manus Lunny

Andy Irvine

Tenor Banjo:

Gerry O’Connor

Barney McKenna

Mick Maloney

Mick O’Connor

Shane Farrell


Mick Maloney

Dave Richardson

Barney McKenna

Andy Irvine

Johnny Moynihan

Accordian, Melodian:

Joe Cooley

Joe Burke

Paddy O’Brien

Sharon Shannon

Martin O’Connor

Joe Kennedy

Jackie Daley

Billy McComoskey


Elizabeth Crotty

Noel Hill

Niall Vallely


Pip Murphy

John Murphy

Eddie Clark

Tommy Basker


Charlie Lennon

Beryl Merriott

Triona Ni O’Domhnaill


Máire Ní Chathasaigh

Cormac De Barra

Grainne Yeats

Grainne Hambly

Moya Brennan

Mary O'Hara

Robin Huw Bowen

Robin Williamson

Derk Bell

Alan Stivell


Johnny McDonagh

John Joe Kelly

Kevin Conneff

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