Sunday, 23 September 2012

Irish Music

Ireland Post delighted to announce that recently the Irish music is known and enjoyed the world over by issuing  the unique stamp set features four group bands on November 7, 2006. The depicted group bands which bringing Irish music to a worldwide audience are The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem (1960s), The Dubliners (1970s), The Chieftains (1980s), and Altan (1990s).


The Dubliners formed in 1962 from backroom sessions in O’Donoughue’s bar, Dublin. The Dubliners arrival on the folk scene heralded an irreverent and robust new dimension to the genre.

The multi-talented group features the raw impassioned vocal power of Ronnie Dew and Luke Kelly, the virtuoso banjo-playing of Barney McKenna and the multi-instrumental talent of John Sheehan.

Their well-known album are ‘Finnegan’s Wake’, ‘Seven Drunken Nights’ and ‘Drinking’ and Courting’


The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem emerged as a potent force on the American folk scene in 1955.  The natural exuberance and boisterous informality of their performances, delivering traditional Irish ballads.

By re-imagining and transforming old Irish song into polished and hugely popular entertainment, The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem blazed a trail for the scores of Irish music groups who would inherit their legacy.


The Chieftains had their genesis in the early 1960s at the Ceoltoiri Chualann sessions organized by composer Sean O Riada.The group band has built an international reputation as the most remarkable example of Irish traditional music in the world, as signed by the Claddagh record label, multiple Grammy Award winners.

The Chieftains have collaborated with several contemporary musicians including Frank Zappa, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris and Van Morrison


Altan is a Irish group band composed of the Belfast flute-player Frankie kennedy, Gweedore singer and fiddler Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh. They have many award-winning music, ranging from melancholic old Irish songs to excitale, hectic reels and jigs, was a combination of old Donegal fiddle music and Northern flute tunes.

Since signed in 1996 to Virgin Records, they gained gold and platinum albums in Ireland and toured throughout the world including Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and USA.

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