Cape Breton fiddling is primarily influenced by Scottish music, but many of the jigs and reels are Irish. Jigs were some of the first tunes I learned, which I think is quite common. Jigs are reels are also used in Cape Breton Square dancing, as seen in this video:
I wanted to share some of my favourite Cape Breton fiddlers (and Irish too) in a Youtube playlist, so I highlighted a few of my favourite primarily Irish sets by these fiddlers. Here are some of my favourite Cape Breton fiddlers:
Dawn and Margie Beaton
I also really love the Irish band, Lunasa. Here's my favourite track by them.
On an unrelated note, one of my all-time favourite NON-Celtic bands, U2, hails from Ireland, as I'm sure many of you know ;), and the group Heathers is also from Ireland, is worth checking out (not just because of their name, which is obviously awesome). :)
There is also this awesome song, which is a favourite of my sister's, from the movie P.S. I love you :)
As you can see, I'm destined to visit Ireland someday and Scotland is on the list too - I can't wait to make it over there someday!!!
Hope you all enjoyed some of this music (although it's not really everyone's cup of tea!) and Happy St. Patrick's Day!!