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  • Writer's pictureFelipe Antunes

The Evolution of Irish Folk Music: Live Sessions at Kennedys

Greetings, music lovers! Have you ever wondered where the soulful tunes of Irish folk music originated? At Kennedy's, where every night is a melody, we're not just serving pints; we're keeping Ireland's musical heart beating. Let's embark on a journey through the evolution of Irish folk music, culminating in the unforgettable live sessions at Kennedy’s.


Traditional irish folk musicians playing


The Roots of Irish Folk Music

Irish folk music's journey began over a millennium ago, deeply entrenched in Celtic culture. These early tunes, often played on the harp, fiddle, and uilleann pipes, were not just music; they were the heartbeats of ancient Gaelic society, telling tales of heroism, love, and the everyday life of the Irish.


The Great Famine of the 1840s was a turning point. It spurred a wave of emigration, and with it, Irish music found new soil, especially in America. There, it mingled with other musical traditions, evolving yet retaining its poignant soul.


Come the 20th century, a revival saw legends like The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem breathe new life into these ancient melodies. They reinvigorated traditional songs with modern sensibilities, etching Irish folk music into the global consciousness.


Dublin Streetart By The Icon Factory - Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem
The Clancy Brothers were an influential Irish folk music singing group, most popular in the 1960s, they were famed for their woolly Aran jumpers and are widely credited with popularizing Irish traditional music in the United States. The brothers were Patrick "Paddy" Clancy, Tom Clancy, Bobby Clancy and Liam Clancy. Paddy, Tom, and Liam are best known for their work with Tommy Makem, recording dozens of albums together as The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. They were a primary influence on a young Bob Dylan and on many other emerging artists.


Kennedys: The Heart of Live Irish Folk Music

Kennedys isn't just a pub; it's a living testament to the unbroken chain of Irish musical tradition. Here, under the glow of our time-honoured establishment, the legacy of Irish folk music is not only preserved; it thrives.


Our live sessions are more than performances; they are vibrant celebrations of Irish culture. When you step into Kennedys, you step into a world where the past and present merge in harmony. You'll hear the strumming of the guitar, the cheerful trills of the fiddle, and the haunting melodies of the tin whistle, all blending to create a tapestry of sound that's uniquely Irish.


This is where the magic of Irish music comes to life – in the spontaneous sessions where musicians gather, each adding their voice to the symphony. It's where locals, students, and travellers from around the globe gather, united by the universal language of music.


Why Music Resonates at Kennedys

In Kennedys, music is more than entertainment – it's a tribute to our shared history and a beacon of our communal spirit. It's a conversation between generations, a thread that weaves through the fabric of Irish identity. Our live music sessions embody this, creating a space where stories are told, friendships are forged, and the essence of Ireland is felt in every note.

We welcome you to Kennedys, a place where the spirit of Irish folk music is alive and vibrant. Join us for an evening, and let the melodies transport you through time, stirring your soul with the rhythm of Ireland's heart. It's an experience that transcends mere listening – it's about feeling a part of something timeless.


In the heart of Dublin, Kennedys stands as a proud guardian of Irish folk music. Come, and immerse yourself in the melodies that have shaped a nation.



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