Nightnoise was a music ensemble active during the 1980s and 1990s. Their original blend of Celtic, jazz, and classical chamber music inspired a generation of Irish musicians. They released several albums on the Windham Hill label.
The origins of Nightnoise can be traced to the legendary Bothy Band (disbanded in 1979), who made a name in Ireland and internationally with a lively fiddle-based sound that brought Irish music into the mainstream. One of the band's founders, guitarist Mícheál Ó Domhnaill, came from a long line of Irish musicians, and was considered one of the finest performers of traditional Irish music.