Irish Internet Radio and TV from Dublin, Ireland.
Not bad! Spencer the Rover is really lovely by him! :-)
Dervish is number one for me. I have heard them twice here in California, and both concerts were superb. Close contenders are Altan and Solas. In addition, I listen to a lot of Loreena McKennitt, Lunasa, and the Corrs when they do the more traditional material - especially the live acoustic versions.
Brigids Cross (Ohio) Flatfoot 56(Chicago),Enya and Celtic Women !
I know they're not together any longer but my long time favorite has been Planxty
Without a doubt, the Wolfe Tones! There is no better band to sing of the culture, politics, and history of Ireland. I've seen them live in Canada, the States, and Ireland, and have shed tears, laughed, and sang along to their magical voices and incomparable music.
For Instrumentals, I like Lunasa. For vocals, I'm old school: Clannad (yeah I know it's not "traditional", but I like it).
All fabulous bands in everyone's lists --- here are my picks:
5) If I may choose an Irish-American group, then it's the Dropkick Murphys
Not necessarily in this order:
The Adventures! One of the most underrated Irish groups. Would love a comeback. "Drowning in the sea of love", and "Broken Land" are my favourites!
Obviously, U2 (I'm the right age)
Blue In Heaven
The Alarm (I think they're Welsh, but I always associate them with U2)
That Petrol Emotion
Ash (but mostly Girl From Mars)
Are the Waterboys Irish?
I'm really loving some Scottish bands recently (We See Lights, WWPJP, My Latest Novel, Frightened Rabbits, Orange Juice, Close Lobster, et al)
This is a great station.
Please play Bell X1 "The Great Defector" a whole lot less.