Laments were traditionally sung by women
A Ceílídh (Ceílí) is a traditional Irish gathering complete with Irish Folk music, songs and dancing
The word 'Jig' comes from the French word 'giguer' which means to jump
A light jig is the fastest of all the jigs, danced in ghillies (soft shoes). It is performed in 6/8 time
Slip jigs (performed in 9/8 time) are sometimes referred to as the 'Ballet of Irish Dance' as it is danced in soft shoes and dancers are mainly on their toes like they are in ballet
Single jigs are the least commonly performed jig and are usually in 6/8 but occasionally in 12/8 time
The reel is the most popular Irish dance followed in second place by the jig
The jig was developed in Ireland in the 17th Century
Treble Jigs are performed in hard or heavy shoes and are famous for the stomps and clicks made by the hard shoes
Margo was given the unofficial title of 'Queen of Country and Irish'
To date, Daniel O'Donnell has been the most successful artist in this genre
Daniel O'Donnell and Margo are both successful artists in the Irish Country Music genre, they are in fact brother and sister!
Country and Irish developed as sub-genre to Irish folk music and its most successful performer is Daniel O'Donnell who achieved success in England, America and Australia
Bridie Gallagher is commonly known as 'Ireland's 1st International Pop Star'. She made Irish Folk music popular in 1956
Clannad, Sinead O'Connor, Van Morrison and Enya are responsible for making Irish folk songs popular in the late 20th century by creating a fusion between traditional Irish music and rock music