Music & Song

Ceol & Amhránaíocht



Irish Music and Song in Montana

Music and song are central aspects of identity for many people, and this is certainly the case among the Irish community of Montana. There is great variety in the groups of people involved in Irish Music and song, from community groups to commercial bands to students at the University of Montana. The Irish Studies Program at UM has responded to the community’s enthusiasm for music by offering a course entitled The Music and Song of Ireland and by inviting high-profile musicians from Ireland to perform concerts in Missoula, Butte, Anaconda, Helena and Great Falls. Festivals such as Butte’s An Rí-Rá, Celtic Festival Missoula, Virginia City Irish Days, Bitterroot Celtic Games & Gathering, and Flathead Valley Celtic Festival attract renowned Irish music bands and artists who in turn draw huge crowds. Irish music and song are alive and well in Montana.

University of Montana students sing for The Gathering


Kathleen O'Brien - 'Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears' - Recorded by The Gathering


The Gathering records Liam Ó Maonlaí singing in Washoe Theater, Anaconda, Montana


The North Kerry Set - 'An Irish Christmas in Montana' - Recorded by The Gathering


The Gathering records The Montana ShamRockers singing in the Museum of Montana Brewing History


The Gathering records Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin lilting 'The Green Bunch of Rushes' and 'Rakish Paddy'


The Gathering records Liam Ó Maonlaí singing 'Siobhán Ní Dhuibhir' in Anaconda, Montana


The Gathering records Liam Ó Maonlaí singing 'The Lakes of Ponchartrain' in Anaconda, Montana


The Gathering records Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin singing 'Liam Ó Raghallaigh'


The Gathering records Dublin Gulch playing at The Silver Dollar, Butte, Montana


Missoula Irish Dancers perform 'St. Patrick's Day' as part of 'An Irish Christmas in Montana'


Oíche Chiúin


University of Montana students sing the Christy Moore composition 'City of Chicago'


The Missoula Irish Dancers and University of Montana students dance to a set of reels


Jack Kelly sings 'Paddy McGinty's Goat' sin the AOH Hall, Anaconda, Montana


Liam Ó Maonlaí playing 'Sliabh na mBan' on tin whistle in Anaconda, Montana



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