To the extent to which there is one common style in the county, it is characterized by a rapid pace; a tendency to be more straight-ahead (unswung) in the playing of the fast dance tune types (reels and jigs); short (one-note-per-bowstroke), aggressive bowing; relatively sparse ornamentation; the use of bowed triplets more than rolls (an ornament like a turn) as ornaments; and the use of double stops and droning (playing on more than one string at once).
None of these characteristics is universal, however.
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But for many "Donegal music" refers to fiddle playing first and foremost.
While a "Donegal style" of fiddling is often spoken of, it might be more accurate to identify several different, but related, styles within the county.
The centuries-old tradition of fiddle playing in County Donegal, Ireland, famous for its unusual tunes, the virtuosity of some of its players, and its rapid pace, might in fact be better described as a set of coexisting traditions.
Donegal is a rural, remote, partly Irish (i.e., Irish Gaelic) speaking county in northwestern Ireland and one of the three counties of the northern Irish province of Ulster that are part of the Republic of Ireland.