Anyone love Celtic music?

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Postby Laurina~Ainur » Sat Aug 10, 2002 10:09 pm

Ok, I am curious to know how many other people like Celtic music? I think it's the next thing to fairie music, and I love it. Ballads are cool, and I really like dances and reels...lively stuff, with the pipes and sheepskin drums.
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Postby Draugluin » Sun Aug 11, 2002 9:59 am

Yup love it loads - but mebbe that's because I'm Irish and have been playing it all my life.<BR><BR>BTW it's GOATSKIN, not sheepskin<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0>
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Postby Dimamarthiel » Sun Aug 11, 2002 10:51 am

Yes, I enjoy Celtic music very much. There is such a mystical sound and feeling to it. It touches my soul!
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Postby Lady_Nione » Sun Aug 11, 2002 2:20 pm

I could listen to it all day. It is so peaceful...sigh...
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Postby evilpurplepenguinofdoom » Sun Aug 11, 2002 4:30 pm

I love Celtic music. Its just so touching and lovely.
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Postby Almacundo/*Auirandos » Mon Aug 12, 2002 8:14 am

Are you aware of <i>Thistle & Shamrock</i>?<BR><BR><a target=new href="http://www.npr.org/programs/thistle/">http://www.npr.org/programs/thistle/</a>
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Postby vincent » Mon Aug 12, 2002 8:26 am

it depends really on what you define as celtic, I do listen to regular celtic, but i listen to a lot of sea shanties, which are not "celtic" in the normal sense, and also american folk, which has quite a lot of celtic influence. But which might not be considered "celtic"
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Postby Almacundo/*Auirandos » Mon Aug 12, 2002 8:57 am

<b>Celtic</b> refers to that which deals with the Celtic nations: Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man. The region of Galicia in Spain also has Celtic links and affinities. There are New World reflexes in Nova Scotia, Quebec, Acadia (Louisiana, aka Cajun), Appalachia. A sea shanty could be Celtic if it was used by the seafarers of the tradition of Celtic mariners.<BR><BR>BTW, many settlers in New France were from Brittany.<BR><BR>And please don't make the simple equation Celtic = New Age. Some NA is Celtic, quasi-Celtic, <i>faux</i> Celtic, semi-Celtic, Celtic influenced, but not all Celtic is NA.
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Postby Aorin » Tue Aug 13, 2002 12:50 am

I like Celtic music too.It's really wonderful!
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Postby Aorin » Tue Aug 13, 2002 12:50 am

I like Celtic music too.It's really wonderful!
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Postby Breogan » Tue Aug 13, 2002 2:56 am

"Celtic" is just a "label" invented back in the 70's to "export" folk music from countries like Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Galicia...<BR>Nobody knows exactly what kind of music the celtic tribes made - keep in mind that the so-called "Celts" were far from a homogeneous ethnic or cultural group. Actually it was that what made them great, their open-mindness.<BR>The proper way to call this music should be "folk" or "trad", when its the case, "new age"...<BR><BR>Almacundo/*Auirandos <BR>Galiza is one of the Celtic Nations, it just doesn't have "links and affinities".<BR><BR>Breogán, i-vornelleth.<BR>
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Postby Loona » Tue Aug 13, 2002 3:10 pm

Indeed,i've always loved Celtic music,anything from Clannad to Loreena Mckennit<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>and the like
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Postby starlin » Thu Aug 22, 2002 7:41 am

I bought a Galicia-celtic music CD in Galicia, Spain in Santjago de Compostela and it is one of my favourites! Any music close to folk music is good, because in it lives a very core of folklore.<BR>-starlin-
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Postby KBrandybuck » Thu Aug 22, 2002 10:31 am

I am a die hard anal compulsive Irish Traditional musician, which means jigs, reels, hornpipes, slip jigs. polkas, flings, barndances, ancient airs, O'Carolan, sean nos singing - which (among the traditional stuff from the other Gaelic speaking cultures) is what this term "Celtic" is based on. Dont' care for Enya, don't care or Loreena McKeenit as in my opinion (read - for my tastes, so it's not judgement call, just how I listen to music), Enya, more recent Clannad stuff is too predigested and sanitized. Which is not to say that Enya and Clannad aren't real traditional musicians, because they are - they have just chosen a different route. And Loreena is enormously talented and does some great stuff with poetry (like the Highwayman) but I can't listen to too much of it. Gotta go back to jigs, reels, etc.<BR><BR>By the way, I am watching the DVD of LOTR and there is a lovely barn dance the Hobbiton Ceili Band is playing as Bilbo tells his dragon story. Whether Howard Shore knew it or not, that piece is in the rythem of a barn dance.<BR><BR>Irish Traditional music at first listen sounds like cacaphony. Then after a while you start to hear the incredible nuances. Then you read the history of Ireland and you wonder who these people could have come up with this gorgeous stuff. As they say, the winners write the history, the losers write the songs. And when you hear a real ancient air - the old ones, not the synthesized stuff, you really begin to get a glimpse into another world that was never Romanized, Anglicied, Catholocized, etc.<BR><BR>I have a link to our band website where I am playing an ancient air on my harp. http://members.cox.net/eskin/lastnightsfun.html Go to the harp solo. Much of this stuff was sung, so the rythem is very free form. Jigs, reels, etc, are only about 300 years old. I could go off on the history of the harp in Ireland etc, but I won't. Or maybe I will later.<BR><BR>All the Gaelic and Celtic countries have these old traditions which are just fascinating when you dig into them. And getting back to Enya etc: because she and Maire Brennan (her sister in Clannad) were traditional musicians, rather than people just flailing away at a synthesizer, their stuff has more substance to it than someone who didn't spend years as a traditional musician.
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Postby Breogan » Fri Aug 23, 2002 1:27 am

Starlin,<BR><BR>What CD did you get?<BR>Btw, did you like Santiago? <BR>I was in college there for 5 years - for me, it's one of the most beautiful cities in the world! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Breogán, i vornelleth.
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Postby galadralorean » Sat Aug 24, 2002 3:08 pm

I like Celtic traditional and faux-Celtic New Age, but if you use Celtic to describe a country with a Celtic linguistic minority/majority or 'racial' (if I may) background (racial in the sense of genetic heritage specific to a particular country or region), then there is a lot of Celtic music that is little like what we think of it as, like Brittany-music, and some Turkish music would be considered Celtic, by that definition.<BR> - galadralorean<BR><BR>
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Postby galadralorean » Sat Aug 24, 2002 3:15 pm

I mean, there should almost be a new category for the 'Celtic' music like Enya or Altan or the 'ethereal' kind of stuff (even if they're a traditional remix, like Celtic Classics by Shannon.) 'cause those sort of seem to show a peek into a new world, or sort of entrances you. Not all New Age music does that, so it wouldn't be exactly New Age/Meditation kind of stuff.<BR><BR>Does anyone know if Enya's going to be on the new soundtrack? <BR><BR>A lot of other music has the same effect, but especially stuff that ends up labelled Celtic or Celtic New Age, even though 'Celtic' should <i>technically</i> be the more folkloric kind.
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Postby Vanafacwen » Tue Aug 27, 2002 1:00 am

I love music like the type KBrandybuck described, with the pipes and drums. I always perk up my ears when I hear anything like it (or bagpipes-I really like bagpipes<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>), which is not very often<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0>. I was going to tgo to Ireland for a week with my dad in November but I don't think we are anymore<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-crying.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0>.
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Postby KBrandybuck » Tue Aug 27, 2002 7:05 am

Vanafacwen: Winter is a good time to go to Ireland if you want to try to find sessions - in the summer all the musicians flee because of the loads of tourists. <BR><BR>There are music festivals someplace in Ireland almost all year so if you go in November, there might be something you could go see. Go to the Irish Music Magazine website (type in Irish Music Magazine on your browser) and see what concerts there might be.<BR><BR>I hope you get to go - I've never been in the winter but frankly, it wouldn't bother me to go in the off season. It's just that the summer schools are in (you guessed it) the summer, so that' when I wind up in Ireland.<BR><BR>Forgot about Turkey. yes, there was a Celtic population in Turkey.<BR><BR>
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Postby Almacundo/*Auirandos » Tue Aug 27, 2002 12:53 pm

The Galatians lived in Asia Minor, but were assimilated into the local population long before the Turks arrived in the area. Galacia also ws populated by Celtic speaking people, also assimilated in ancient times. The strongest remnants of this history is probably found in local folk musicality.
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Postby Altariel9 » Tue Aug 27, 2002 10:31 pm

There is this band called Flogging Molly and they are a mix of Celitc music and punk..it is very fun to listen to..if anyone is interested.
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Postby Earundra » Tue Apr 22, 2003 11:22 am

Hi everyone. I love celtic music. I think it's in the blood - Scottish and Irish. I have a cd of Celtic jigs and reels (though there is the odd hornpipe in there). It's so great and happy and bouncy I wrote a jig for my GCSE music. They're so much fun! Also the shows like Riverdance and Lord of the Dance are great fun! Anyone heard of the Whistlebinties?
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Postby Gormegil » Tue Apr 22, 2003 10:05 pm

Who doesn't? Although, I prefer the more "traditional" style of Celtic music. I generally can't stand the more "New Age" stylings that use syntheziers and other electronic instruments. The mystical soul of Celtic music seems to get lost the more modern it sounds.
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Postby Neenime » Wed Apr 23, 2003 5:45 am

I absolutely adore Celtic music, both the traditioinal folk style and the newer stuff (a la Enya and others). I am a big fan of Loreena McKennitt, a Canadian artist who started out with a lot of Celtic-inspired stuff (she is a harper/ harpist) but hads branched off into Middle eastern influences as well.<BR><BR>Celtic music tugs at my heartstrings. I love the lonely, melancoly sound of it.<BR><BR>There's a group calling itself "Lothorien" that does Celtic music. A friend of mine found them on the Internet. I haven't seen them in the music stores yet, but then maybe they don' have a big name distributor.<BR><BR>The discussions about the tribal migrations and various influences on so-called Celtic culture are very interesting. Just reminds me that we are none of us very far removed form the other, when it comes down to it.
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Postby TinyDancer » Wed Apr 23, 2003 11:11 am

Well, I never venture into music, but I can say that I and Minardil both love Celtic music, as well as Pepe the Kilt wearing bagpipe playing Llama.
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Postby Gormegil » Thu Apr 24, 2003 11:11 pm

Ugh.......<BR><BR><BR>Can't stand Enya for three simple reasons:<BR><BR>Boring.....<BR><BR><BR>...........boring..............<BR><BR><BR>...................................boring!<BR><BR>Every song of her's is EXACTLY the same. Exactly.<BR><BR>But most other forms of Celtic music I like. Irish and Welsh seem to be two languages that a just made to be sung. It's almost magical when done properly.... <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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Postby specialk2ca » Sat Feb 14, 2004 9:20 pm

well i found this off a link from another thread and i want to add my two cents...i'm not sure if everyone else would consider all of this celtic but i do...<BR><BR>i listen to ashley macisaac, great big sea, the mudmen, and dropkick murphys...again...not sure if you would consider it celtic, but whatever. the first two are more traditional combined with a distinctive flair of modern something or other, and the last two are what i call celtic metal...very heavy rock tones with a subtle celtic influence (namely bagpipes and fiddles...that sort of thing)
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Postby Linwe » Sun Feb 15, 2004 9:48 am

I love flogging molly!! I also listen to Thistle and Shamrock on Sundays. <BR><BR>Last night
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Postby specialk2ca » Sun Feb 15, 2004 12:23 pm

i was actually thinking this morning that i should mention flogging molly (forgot about them completely!)
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Postby Linwe » Sun Feb 15, 2004 5:55 pm

I really dont' know why I didn't finish my reply up above.
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