Like all traditional music, Irish folk music has changed slowly. Most folk songs are less than two hundred years old. One measure of its age is the language used. Modern Irish songs are written in English and Irish. Most of the oldest songs and tunes are rural in origin and come from the older Irish language tradition. Modern songs and tunes often come from cities and towns, Gaeltacht and English-speaking Ireland.Unaccompanied vocals are called sean-nós ("in the old style") and are considered the ultimate expression of traditional singing. This is usually performed solo (very occasionally as a duet). sean-nós singing is highly ornamented and the voice is placed towards the top of the range. A true sean-nós singer will vary the melody of every verse, but not to the point of interfering with the words, which are considered to have as much importance as the melody. To the first-time listener, accustomed to pop and classical singers, sean-nós often sounds more "Arabic" or "Indian" than "Western". Non-sean-nós traditional singing, even when accompaniment is used, uses patterns of ornamentation and melodic freedom derived from sean-nós singing, and, generally, a similar voice placement.
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SongsInIrish.com aims to be the definitive source of lyrics for traditional Irish songs, folk songs and pop songs in Irish or as Gaeilge, such as SongsInIrish.com lyrics shown above. Ireland has a strong Celtic and Gaelic music tradition of folk singing (Sean-nós) and traditional folk music (Seisiún) which have been passed down for generations. Traditional Irish singing is the singing of traditional songs in the native style sean nós which is Solo singing or unaccompanied singing where the audience is focused the singer and lyrics without any instrumental accompaniment. In contrast, Irish ballad singing is almost always accompanied by musical instruments. This site is a collection of Irish lyrics for mostly traditional Irish sean-nós songs in Irish and ballads in Irish. As there are already numerous other websites offering lyrics for Irish folk songs, Irish ballads and Irish pop songs in the English language, this site instead focuses purely on songs and lyrics as Gaeilge. As the younger Irish-speaking population continues to grow in Ireland each year, so does the demand for pop songs in Irish. Many artists are releasing lyrics in Irish for their most popular songs and this site will also maintain a selection of lyrics for pop songs in Irish. All songs in Irish include the Irish lyrics with an English translation, a video with the lyrics sung in the Irish language, and chords / tabs where possible.
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