Traditional Irish music is an amazing type of folk music that everyone should hear at least once! This genre of music is steeped in culture but not only people of Irish descent like this music. It has an army of global fans that measures in the millions.
These days, there are many phone apps that offer access to traditional Irish music. These are a great way to get access to a huge library of famous Irish tunes. No matter if you just want to listen to great stations, or you want to learn more about music and culture of Ireland and Celts, these apps are great. Therefore, we present you a list of best phone apps for traditional Irish music.
1. Celtic Irish Music Radio
This is one of the first apps that comes to my mind when its about Irish music. With this app, you can enjoy live streaming of dozens of Irish radio stations and listen to all kinds of sub-genres, including traditional Irish music, folk Irish music, contemporary Irish music, etc. Another great thing about this app is that you can make your own streaming schedule.
On the other side, one of the things that could be considered as a drawback is the fact that most radio stations are located in Ireland and that many of them aren’t on the air 24/7. So, if you live in a different time zone, there’s a chance you won’t be able to listen to all stations, as some of them are off the air after midnight or something like that.
This app represents years of work of Irishman Bryan Duggan and it is definitely one of the best apps for Irish music. If you hear some great tune and want to find out the name, all you need to do is to whistle the melody or to play it on some instrument and record it. The recording will be submitted to Tunepal’s search engine and the matching tunes will be downloaded to your device. Chances to find out the exact song are great, considering that Tunepal has a huge library of more than 17000 tunes. A great thing to know that the app is no longer reserved for iPhone users anymore, but works on Android phones as well.
TuneIn is one of the most popular apps you can download from the Google Play store. It offers a huge streaming base of more than 100000 radio stations. This is a U.S. audience aimed app, so most of the stations are from that part of the world. However, there is a big number of radio stations that play Irish music as well, so there is no doubt you will find TuneIn a great tool for listening to this kind of music.
The app is super fast and features easy navigation. Also, we like how it looks, as well as the fact that it doesn’t necessarily need some super strong internet connection to work properly.
4. Celtic Radio Network
This is probably the most famous online radio that plays Irish music. If you like all kinds of Celtic music, there is no better place to be. This station plays 24 hours a day, not just traditional, but other genres of Irish, Scottish and Celtic music in general. You can hear artists from all over the world and the best thing is that the app is absolutely free and there is no advertising.
Also, you can sign up and become a regular member who can make music requests that will play shortly on the broadcast. Besides listening to great music, you can also learn a lot about Celtic history and culture on this station.
5. Celtic Meditation & Celtic Art
This is a little bit untypical app and those who love meditation or need a piece of nice background music for any other purpose will find it amazing. This app features a collection of famous Celtic songs. There are some popular folk songs, but also traditional Gaelic tunes, taken directly from Celtic myths and legends. One thing is common for all songs. All of them come in new arrangements, in a genuine New Age manner, which makes them perfect for meditation, healing sessions, and similar things.
There are 15 tunes in total and we would definitely love to hear more of them in the future. The thing we don’t like is that only 7 of them are free, while the rest needs to be unlocked with the premium membership. The app also features a nice collection of HD wallpapers inspired by Celtic motives, myths, and legends.
6. ICMR Irish Country Music Radio
Here is another smartphone app of a great radio station that plays Irish music. At first glance, you probably won’t find anything special about this station. It plays all kinds and forms of Irish music, both traditional and contemporary.
Still, there is one thing about this station that we like very much. Unlike most stations that usually play popular tunes by renowned artists, this one also thinks of small, non-affirmed artists. They have a chance to be on the air and share their music with listeners, which is a great way to discover new, young and talented artists.
IrishGigs is an absolutely amazing app for several reasons. The app insists on traditional Irish music and the thing we like is that you can browse a large library of videos and enjoy performances of various artists. This is also a great place for those who just want to hear good Irish music, as the app also offers live streaming of popular Irish radio stations.
Finally, last but not least. This app has another amazing function. There are a list and map of all significant venues of Irish music in Dublin City for every night. This is particularly great for tourists who want to hear traditional Irish music live.
8. Irish Radio Music & News
Another app that offers live streamings for more than 100 Irish radio stations. Most popular stations are included in the list and many of them play Irish music. Of course, you can also listen to news stations, sports stations, etc. A good thing about the app is that it works pretty fast, especially if there’s a good internet connection. Also, the app is free, but you may count occasional advertisements.
The only drawback is the fact that the app works on Android devices only.
9. Irish Radioplayer
The Irish Radioplayer is another great streaming app, which offers access to hundreds of Irish radio stations. Among them, you will definitely find a lot of stations that play Irish traditional music. Until recently, this app was reserved for iPhone devices only, but the new version is compatible with Android OS as well, so it will work on any smartphone. The app has a pretty nice look and it is easy to navigate. Also, there are additional features like Car Mode, Sleep Timer, etc. Definitely an app you should try.
Those would be some of the best apps for traditional Irish music. A great thing is that most of them work on both Android and iOS devices and that most of them are free. Still, keep in mind that those are just our suggestion and that there are many other phone apps to check. Please let us know if we have missed some great app, which definitely deserves to be on this list.