Ireland is a small yet profoundly influential country as far as the music industry goes. Irish music is known for its exhilarating appeal. In 1960s, music in Ireland took a major revival with the efforts of the musical composer Sean O’Raida. Until then the Irish folk songs devoted to pleasure and fun were on the list.

Irish music has always considered human voice an important element mainly because Irish songs were sung by all kinds of men and women irrespective of the class and the creed. Some of the well known Irish singers and composers are Christy Moore, Luka Bloom, Damien Rice, Donal Lunny, Damien Dempsey, Paul Brady, Pierce Turner, Andy Irvine, Anne Scott, and Mick Hanly.
With the modern times, emergence of the popular music genre like pure pop has occurred. Some of the famous pop singers in Ireland are the music hit group Boyzone, Ronan Keating and Sisters Mary and Frances Black.

Rock music also spread far and wide in Ireland. Some of the favorite rockers of Ireland are Rory Gallagher, Boomtown Rats, U2, Van Morisson, Sinead O’Connor,, Stiff Little Fingers, Cranberries, Thin Lizzie and even The Commitments. Composers like Pogues frontman and Shane MacGowan have contributed to make Irish music a rich culture in itself.


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These are sites & cultural music resources which offer free Irish songs, new releases, free Irish mp3, movie songs, cultural folk songs, tribal music, Irish music downloads online, lyrics databases etc. Some of these listed music sites or companies may offer them free while some may charge a small fee to register to download their songs or mp3s. Feel free to suggest us good, clean song & music resources.

Irish music – Listen and download Celtic and Irish music online

irishmusicinternational – Offers Irish Music CD’s, Irish DVD’s and Irish music and movie video’s on line.

http://www.fiftiesweb.com/stpats/irish.htm–  Lyrics and midi files of popular Irish songs.

Poland boasts of lively and diverse range of music. Poland is credited to given amazing musical talents like Chopin or Penderecki who produced mesmerizing music. Polish music has a wide range of genres and interestingly unlike other countries in Europe rock and hip-hop hold an edge over pop songs in this country.

Country’s own musical genres include poezja spiewana and disco polo and they are still popular amongst the flood of several other forms of music. Alternative musical forms are also encouraged in Poland irrespective of their origins. Folk music, dance songs, electronic music like trance have their own large fan following in this eastern European country.

Poland has this special dance music, mainly the mazurka and polonaise which is admired across the Europe. Frederic Chopin is the legend who helped in spreading this form of music. Poland also organizes music festivals like Opole Festival and Sopot Festival which are attended by thousands of music fans from all over the Europe.

To celebrate rock and alternative music, a festival is organized in Jarocin or Zary every year and is attended by huge number of music fans. Jazz and extreme metal music are nothing less than rage in their own rights. Famous artists and bands are, Warsaw Village Band, Jorgi Quartet, Broda Group, Kroke, The Saint Nicholas Orchestra, Trebunie Tutki Group, Carrantuohill and Ensemble Polonais.


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usc.edu/dept/polish_music/ – Provides manuscripts, scores, and recordings of Polish music, as well as books, articles and other information about Polish musical subjects.

culture.pl/en/culture/artykuly/es_muzyka_wspolczesnaAn essay which explains the Culture of Poland and CONTEMPORARY POLISH MUSIC

trytel.com – Offers Polish Music CDs, MP3s,  and DVD Store on the Internet.

http://www.loc.gov/ – Library of congress guide to Folk songs including Polish songs.

“Here comes the bride, All dressed in white…” is not the only popular wedding song to ever exist, contrary to what people believe. In fact, there are so many songs, that brides and grooms go crazy selecting what should be played, and in what order on their wedding day.

Why are songs so important during weddings? This is because music is considered one of the ingredients for celebration. In fact, without music it would just be a dull affair like any other.

In fact, in India every culture has a collection of popular wedding songs that are either sung and performed live or then just performed too while it plays in the background.  Indian wedding songs, no matter from which part of the country it comes from, or in which language it is penned, forms an integral part of the wedding celebration. In most Indian cultures, it is customary to have a song and dance function a night before the wedding.

On that night all friends and relatives gather and they perform to popular wedding songs. These songs maybe dedicated to the bride and groom, member of the family of the bride and groom, or are situational. All are performance oriented, with well meaning words. Some songs prepare the girl in a comical way for what she is to expect from her in-laws. All is done in sporting spirit.

In fact, nowadays it has become a fashion to rehearse and perform to Indian film songs that are picturized on the wedding scene. In fact, the film wedding songs are the most popular in India. After performing and singing the folk wedding songs, invariably the entire wedding entourage would shift to the film wedding songs.

While in India the predominant wedding songs are the folk ones that have come down through the ages, as well as those that form a part of the film; the Christian weddings too have the popular ones that are situational.

However, while performing at the Christian weddings, there are songs that have been created to serve each singing member’s purpose, which includes the friends, relatives and family members. But then, when preparing for a wedding, one can draw up a list of all the wedding songs and classify them in accordance so that each one can sing or perform to a dedicated song. The classifications could include:

· Father/mother to daughter songs

· Father/Mother to son Songs

· Wedding celebratory songs

· Bride-bridegroom songs

· In-laws songs

Author Annie Zaidi.

Wedding song Directory :

weddingsetgo.com/ – Offers a list of ten most popular songs played during marriages.

worshipmusic.com/wedding.html – Sells Wedding Music & Wedding Anniversary Music Cds. Browse collection online.

musicconnectioninc.com/wedsongs.html – Provides Samples of popular wedding music and wedding songs to listen and order.

Russia, the former USSR had a strong culture of classical music. In fact, Russia is known for continuous improvisations in classical music. Initial renowned classical composer was Mikhail Glinka who mixed classical compositions with best elements of folk and religious music and songs. He has also given pioneering operas the likes of which include, A Life for the Tsar, Ruslan and Lyudmila.

Different forms of Russian folk songs belong to Adygea, Altay, Sakha, Tatarstan, Bashkir, Buryatia, Chechnya, Dagestan, Tuva and Karelia origin. Famous singers and bands are; Elena Frolova, Megapolis, Nomads Land to name a few.

Famous Russian composres of historical significance are Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Scriabin, Shostakovich and Alfred Schnittke. Tchaikovsky gained huge popularity outside Russia and credited to give all time great ballets compositions like Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.

Once erstwhile USSR got disintegrated, Russia’s rock scenario declined because of several economic, political and mental reasons. Yet they have many popular bands like t.A.T.u, Mumiy Troll, Pilot, Zemfira, Splean and Mashina Vremeni, Akvarium, DDT, Alisa, Picnick among others. Russia also has strong culture of heavy metal, alternative genres, Ska punk, electronic and even folk rock bands. Electrosoul System, Fizzarum, PPK, SCSI-9, DJ Groove, Solar X and Elochnyie Igrushki are the most admired electronica performers.

Directory of Russian Music, songs, mp3 downloads.
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http://www.ibiblio.org/sergei/Music/Music.html – Offers a collection of Russian songs and Music resources.

richwalt.com/%7eglinka/ – Glinka Russian Folk Ensemble. If Russian dance costumes are of interest to you, then the many pictures will be helpful. You can listen to some Russian music after downloading Quick Time Music Software.

academic.udayton.edu/music/  – Learn about Russian Folk songs & music.

http://www.russianbeat.com/ – Offers selections of Russian songs, Music Cds, and European music and video products.

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Romania has a mixed population of ethnic Romanians, German, Hungarian and Roma (Gypsy) populations. This has produced a rich multicultural milieu which has proved very beneficial in context of Romanian music.

Romania has a rich tradition of folk music. Traditional Romanian folk songs have also been performed by several groups of gypsy musicians also known as ‘Tarafs’. Types and forms of traditional Romanian music include names like, Banat, Bucovina, Wallachia, Muntenia, Oltenia, Doina, Crişana, Dobrogea, Moldavia, Transylvania, Maramures and Oas among others.

Most celebrated Romanian musical tradition is ‘Doina’. It’s basically a slow and soft ballad performed in instrumental style. This form of music has sad themes and played in free rhythm pattern. However, different ethnic groups have their own variations of Doina. Instruments normally used are violin, double bass and viola. Gypsies are an integral part of all musical functions in Romania.
Apart from being culturally diversified in folk music genres, Romania also has presence in other popular forms of music including pop music, hip hop, heavy metal, Manga pop, Electronica, Dance, Folk-rock, Rap, Jazz, Acid jazz, fusion and rock and roll. Fanfare Ciocarlia, Mahala Rai Banda, Nightlosers, Nomads Land, Okros Ensemble, Romano Drom, Taraf Ionel Budisteanu are popular names in pop music

Directory of Romanian Music, songs, mp3 downloads. :- These sites & cultural music resources which offer free Romanian songs, new releases, free Romanian mp3, movie songs, cultural folk songs, tribal music, Romanian music downloads online, lyrics databases etc. Some of these listed music sites or companies may offer them free while some may charge a small fee to register to download their songs or mp3s. Feel free to suggest us good, clean song & music resources.

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romaniandolls.com/music/music – Offers a collection of Romanian Music and songs Cds for sale.

romania-on-line.net/general/mp3ro.htm  – Provides useful resources for Music and songs.

doinacarpatilor.ro/ – If you want lo listen Romanian songs, specific for Moldavian region, in north-east of Romania, you can try these three songs. The songs are played at all romanian traditional instruments. “Ciocarlia” and “Taraneasca de la Pangesti” are played at Panpipe (flute de pan), the well-known instrument around the world

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Persian traditional music symbolizes cultural prosperity and diversity. Persian music is also known as Musiqi-e Sonati-e Irani or Musiqi-e Assil-e Irani and it is the native music of all Persian speaking countries including Iran.

Persian culture has always put special emphasis on science and art of music, also known as Musiqi whereas the sound and performance of music is termed as Moosiqi.
Persian classical music is generally performed by petite ensembles. Group members include, singer, few melodic instruments (either of tar, santur, kamanche, nay or setar) and lastly a rhythmic apparatus, like dombak or daf.

These instruments help in maintaining a monophonic quality. The instrumental forms in Persian music are cheharmezrab, pishdaramad, and reng. Persian vocal form is known as Tasnif.

Persian music is mainly monophonic. In this form of music each instrument in an ensemble follows one particular melodic scheme. Music of Persia focuses on a comparatively slender register.

Rhythm, balance, and motivic recurrence at different pitches are specifically focused upon in this music. Music is based upon a modal system where musical patterns are kept quite simple with speedy tempo and intense embellishment. Persian music is quite different from other Middle Eastern musical structure and makes it even more soothing and fascinating.

Directory of Persian Music, songs, mp3 downloads.
These are sites & cultural music resources which offer free Persian songs, new releases, free Persian mp3, movie songs, cultural folk songs, tribal music, Persian music downloads online, lyrics databases etc. Some of these listed music sites or companies may offer them free while some may charge a small fee to register to download their songs or mp3s. Always read their terms & conditions. Feel free to suggest us good, clean song & music resources.

http://www.duke.edu/~azomorod/persian2.html – Learn about characteristics which distinguish Persian music from other Central Asian music:

mahour.com/ – Offers Persian Traditional and Persian Folk Music on CDs, Books and Tapes

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Dutch Music has its own special place for itself in the international music industry. Music from Netherlands has rich and varied traditions.

Contemporary Dutch popular music also known as ‘Nederpop’ is strongly influenced by music styles that emerged in the United Kingdom and United States in the 1950s. Some of the famous Dutch musicians like the Golden Earring and Shocking Blue have gained world-wide popularity.

Traditional Dutch music is known as ‘Levenslied’ which means songs about life. These soft soothing songs have some great rhythms and melodies and are composed in couplets or refrains. Sentimental, love, death, loneliness are some of the themes that are found in this music. The musical instruments that are used in this music are the accordion and the barrel organ.

Now-a-days, the Dutch musicians have started using the synthesizers and guitars for composing modern music. Famous artists in this genre include Willy Alberti, André Hazes, and Koos Alberts. Other famous Dutch composers include Klaas de Vries (1944), Jacob Ter Veldhuis, aka JacobTV (1951), Guus Janssen (1951) and Cornelis de Bondt (1953).
Dutch folk music is known for its simple straightforward bass motives which are heavily supplemented with fast and happy melodies. Dutch pop and rock songs are equally well known. Some of the famous musicians in this genre are Doe Maar, Het Goede Doel, Frank Boeijen Groep and Toontje Lager.

Directory of Dutch Music, songs, mp3 downloads.
These are sites & cultural music resources which offer free Dutch songs, new releases, free Dutch mp3, movie songs, cultural folk songs, tribal music, Dutch music downloads online, lyrics databases etc. Some of these listed music sites or companies may offer them free while some may charge a small fee to register to download their songs or mp3s. Feel free to suggest us good, clean song & music resources.

rnw.nl/music/dmw/ – Official site of Dutch Music Week. Toronto’s Dutch Music Week, in cooperation with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), takes place during two of the Netherlands’ most important national holidays: Queen’s Day (30 April) and Liberation Day (5 May). The concerts, events and radio programs planned for the week will center around Ducth culture and the institutions that make the Netherlands unique.

Timesofmusic.com – Offers collection of music lyrics & songs from around the world.

intermusicholland.nl/ – Inter Music Holland is a Dutch music agency representing various top singers & artists of Dutch Music.

funtrivia.com/ – Some fun trivia on Dutch Music.

Some radio stations for Online Free Dutch Songs & Music:

Antenne Bloemendaal (Bloemendaal) – Live Feed

Dutch Public Radio

Radio Netherlands (Hilversum)

Music is and has always been an integral part of life of people living in the Czech Republic. Some of the world’s top musicians are Czechs. Czech music encompasses a host of music genres from classical to alternative and even rock. Czech music has contributed to the development of the world music in the 20th century to a great extent. Composers like Leos Janacek and Bohuslav Martinu are the pioneers of Czech music. Also, the works of Bedrich Smetana, Leos Janacek and Antonin Dvorak are extremely commendable.

The Czech Republic has a strong hold in the folk music genre as well. Czech folk singers
were people who were the unofficial spokespersons during the socialist era.

Some of the famous Czech poets and songwriters during this era were Jaromír Nohavica, Karel Plíhal, Raduza, Jiri Konvrzek and Eben brothers.

When we talk of the Hip-Hop, Czech’s young crowds are the music enthusiasts for this genre. Hip-Hop is rapidly developing in the country and some of the favorite Czech Hip-hop artists are Gipsy.cz and Chaozz.

Czech rap is also making a place for itself in the music world over. Some of the famous Czech rap artists include Peneri strycka Homeboye (album Repertoar) and Brno (album Nase vec). Czech music has surely made its mark in the international music scenario.

Directory of Czech Music, songs, mp3 downloads.
These are sites & cultural music resources which offer free Czech songs, new releases, free Czech mp3, movie songs, cultural folk songs, tribal music, Czech music downloads online, lyrics databases etc. Some of these listed music sites or companies may offer them free while some may charge a small fee to register to download their songs or mp3s. Always read their terms & conditions. Feel free to suggest us good, clean song & music resources.

http://chr.nipax.cz/ – Official site of Czech Music Council.

http://www.kapralova.org/LINKS.htm – Czech music links, databases of Czech composers & other useful resources.

musica.cz/ – A site dedicated to Czech contemporary Music.

iarelative.com/czech/music/ – Choose from a selection of traditional folk music done by musicians from both America and the Czech Republic, music for weddings, and Polka music.

czechmusic.co.uk/ – Books on Czech Music and Leos Janacek by internationally recognized musicologist Dr John Tyrrell

musicabona.com/ – Czech Classical music guide.

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Wales is a part of Celtic region which also comprises of Scotland and Ireland. Welsh is quite rich in terms of traditional music. It has its own unique song types and instruments used across the country. Music is a celebration of life in welsh culture. Several festivals are held all over the region to celebrate different festivals and occasions.

It also organizes folk dance sessions also known as Twmpath. Other celebrations include Gwyl Werin or folk festival where number of performers sings best folk songs of the country. Ceilidh or traditional party is also a popular method of unwinding in welsh.

Welsh is also known as “the land of song” because of its rich musical tradition and passion for music seen amongst the general populace. Male Voice Choirs are typically associated with Welsh and there are several world wide renowned choirs who have enthralled the audiences in many parts of the world. Famous among them are Morriston Orpheus Choir and Treorchy Male Voice Choir. Most used instruments are crwth, pibgorn, whistle, flute and harp.
Several other genres are also popular in Welsh including pop and rock. Well admired groups and singers include, John Cale, Green Gartside, Man, The Alarm, Budgie, Catatonia, Feeder, The Peth, 60ft Dolls, Duffy, Christopher Rees, Bullet for My Valentine, A59, Xms3, The Automatic, SDR, My Turn To Kill, Goldie Lookin’ Chain Lostprophets to name a few.

Directory of Welsh Music, songs, mp3 downloads.
These are sites & cultural music resources which offer free Welsh songs, new releases, free Welsh mp3, movie songs, cultural folk songs, tribal music, Welsh music downloads online, lyrics databases etc. Some of these listed music sites or companies may offer them free while some may charge a small fee to register to download their songs or mp3s. Always read their terms & conditions. Feel free to suggest us good, clean song & music resources.

folkwales.org.uk/ – Official site of Welsh Folk Song Society.

http://tycerdd.org/ – Welsh Amateur Music Federation site.

ligtel.com/~wales/Welshmusic – Provides Welsh Midi Files & Welsh song Lyrics

claudiorecords.com/welshsongs – Offers Traditional Welsh songs for Tenor and Harp.

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Armenia music is quite a mix of many cultures. Armenian music is quite unique because of its own typical instruments mixed with that of European, Iranian and Turkish music.

The vocal works in this music is articulated on the lines of European music. Armenian music is a wonderful amalgamation of traditional folk songs, classical music and celestial music. Famous Armenian music artists are; Komitas, Avet Terterian, The Duduk, Anna Mayillian, Kamantcha and Armenian Music Assembly. These artists have a special place in the Armenian music world. Komitas is known as the father of Armenian music. A supremely talented compositor, he is credited to reveal Armenian musical notation which was on the brink of extinction. Even after his death in 1935, he is still remembered by Armenian people. Avet Terterian is another famous pioneer in the world of Armenian music.

His compositions gave a complete new dimension to the music of Armenia.
Anna Mayillian is a modern day singer and is extremely popular in this part of the world. Her singing capabilities have a complete generation swinging on her tunes. Other famous singers are; Hakob Halatian, Zaruhi Babaian, Armeni, Christine Pepelyan, Ara Martirosyan, Papin Pogosyan, Hasmik Leyloyan, Leyla Saribekyan, Alla Levonian, Gagik Yepremyan, Baghdasar Harutyunyan, Martin Aharonyan, Ruben Kosemyan, Art Mokatz to name a few.

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littlearmenia’s shop for musicEnjoy the mystical sounds from Armenian culture. Gathered here are selections exploring not only the traditional sounds of Armenia, but also the exciting melodies of contemporary Armenian musicians. Includes Music for Children – entertain and educate your child with Armenian Music CDs and videos!

eroica.com/ Offers the latest music cds of very good quality  good prices. Has a variety cds to offer from crystal cds to musically speaking cds. It also recommends other sites for musically inclined people.
medieval.org/– Gives one information about the roots of armenian music, explains the origin and how it has evolved from the medieval ages. Music CDS also available.
cdbaby  Offers so much variety that one would be  confused on picking only a single category. There is something for everyone from rural to electronic, from folk music to metal music, from gospel songs to pop music.