As with many other parts of the world, song and dance form the two main
categories of the Irish folk music. The
has strong modal influences and its form is usually quite simple—AABB or
AABA would be two examples. What
gives these jigs, hornpipes and reels that
light dance-like feeling is that they use meters such as 6/8 and 9/8.
Instruments common to Irish music include the bodhran
(a frame drum), fiddles, pipes, whistles, the harp and reed instruments
such as the accordion and the mouth organ.