Typical Instruments used in Irish Traditional Music

Here is a list of the most common instruments used in an Irish Traditional Music Session.

Tin Whistle

The tinwhistle is the simplest and least expensive instrument in Irish music, yet capable of producing exceptional music in the hands of a master. The fingering system is straightforward and it is small and portable, making it the perfect instrument for children and beginners.


Used in folk music around the world, fiddle is the most popular instrument in Irish music. The instrument is readily available, and children have been known to start learning as young as 3 or 4 years old.