Traditional Irish Music and Instruments
Paul Murphy from Murphy of Ireland has given us a superb infographic about the development of Irish Music from the earliest times up until today’s modern mainstream Celtic music. This fantastic information can either be found as a single graphic for printing onto poster-sized classroom paper or section by section in the article below.
The Celts 500 BC to the Ruling Chieftains 10th to 17th Centuries
Traditional Irish music is an oral tradition whose origins can be traced back to almost 2,000 years ago when the Celts last arrived in Ireland. The Celts were established in Eastern Europe since 500 BC and were heavily influenced by the music of the East. It is speculated that the Irish Harp originated in Egypt.
During the later period, the harp was the dominant Irish instrument. All harpists were professional musicians employed by the ruling Chieftains under a patronage system to create and perform music for them.