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Recordings per Year and per Decade

These two graphs depict the ebbs and flows, the boom and bust cycles of the recording industry in Irish traditional music. It counts how many of the individual tune recordings in this database were originally recorded in each year or decade. The original recording date of each tune (not the publication or reissue date) is considered here. See the Discography for a full list of my sources.

Note: The coverage here of recordings before the 1990s is strongly shaped by choices publishers have made for reissues and anthologies of those older recordings in modern CD format.

Recordings per Decade

DecadeTune recordings%Bar graph
1900–1909420.2%bar
1910–1919900.4%bar
1920–19295752.4%bar
1930–19393551.5%bar
1940–19492531.1%bar
1950–19594942.1%bar
1960–19696392.7%bar
1970–19792,81711.7%bar
1980–19892,1508.9%bar
1990–19996,89228.6%bar
2000–20096,54827.2%bar
2010–20193,22713.4%bar
Total24,084100%

Recordings per Year

Graph of quantity of tune recordings made each year.
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