Anyone love Celtic music?

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Postby LadyDernhelm » Fri Apr 02, 2004 7:58 pm

I love Celtic music! I'm so happy I am not alone, my friends and ar ethe only ones I know who LOVE Celtic and Bagpipe music at my school. We went to a Renassaince Festival a few times this last fall and heard SCOTLAND RISING a ounk bagpipe band that ROCKED!!<BR><BR>I LOVE Flogging Molly, I got DRUNKEN LULLABIES a few months ago and love it . . .my parents on the other hand can't see why I like it ><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> <BR><BR>The Riverdance Soundtrack rocks! We played some of it at my orchestra's pop concert alst year and it was so much fun!
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Postby Elian_Ranel » Thu May 27, 2004 4:41 pm

Bumping this thread up for Mith, even though he doesn't like Loreena McKennitt....sigh. :P
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Postby RoseMorninStar » Fri Jun 11, 2004 12:05 pm

Is anyone here familiar with 'Leahy'?? I think they are an Irish family from Ontario, Canada. I first heard them on PBS music video/between shows clip. We have their CD titled 'Leahy' put out by Narada records. I think it is quite good, and I like Celtic music but I wouldn't consider myself an afficienado.

Is anyone familiar with the band 'Emerald Rose'? They played at the LotR-Return of the King Oscar cast party. (I was not there) but I am asuming they must be pretty good. They have a CD out called, 'Songs for the night Sky' with some of the songs they wrote specifically for LotR. I was wondering if anyone has heard it before I order it. Thanks!
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Postby Melilot_Moss » Tue Aug 31, 2004 7:58 pm

I also, as everyone else here, love Celtic Music. Amoung my favorite groups are Claanad and the Black Family. I also like the Cheiftans if anyone has heard of any of those.

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Postby Wasara » Thu Sep 02, 2004 7:54 am

Like very much when i hear it.Got no CDs.Any suggestions where to begin?
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Postby greenleafwood » Thu Sep 02, 2004 2:14 pm

old stuff like Turlough O'Carolan, with harp and flute, and Celtic Tenors, Chieftains. I played some Irish folk music on the violin at a concert once. It's much more fun actually playing than listening!!! :)

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Postby Mumakil » Tue Sep 21, 2004 11:32 pm

O'Carolan's compositions played by the late Derek Bell form the Chieftains are a pure delight, and illustrate the universality of Celtic music.
O'Carolan was very much appreciated at the court of Louis XIV, as one of the most inventive composers of his time.

Any other piece of Celtic folk music is my cup of tea: polkas, reels, jigs, hornpipes.... mmmmmmmh!
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Postby LunaRaven » Wed Sep 22, 2004 3:43 am

I adore Celtic music! ^^
Has anyone here heard of Julia Lane perhaps? :?:
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Postby Wasara » Thu Sep 23, 2004 5:56 am

In prog genre there is known one band called Hiberian Space...I don`t recall end of the name.Somebody who knows it and have anybody heard this?
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i love it!

Postby AlatarielCarnesir » Sat Sep 25, 2004 6:45 pm

i LOVE celtic music...i've heard it all my life...and now i especially love it because i've really been listening to a lot of it...my grandmother left me some really cool cds of traditional celtic music...and it's great... :)
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Postby Celticaite » Sat Jan 22, 2005 8:35 am

This thread hasn't been used for a while, but I was browsing the site and came across it. My ears pricked up when I heard the subject (or should that be "my eyes pricked up when I saw the suject" ? :? Doesn't sound quite right :) )

Anyhoo, I'm responding because I'm also a lover of Celtic music and I happen to play in a Celtic band in the US called Gaelwynd. (You can check out our website at www.gaelwynd.com if you want.)

We have heated discussions about exactly what Celtic means, and the purists disagree, but we basically apply it to music from the Gaelic speaking countries, e.g. Scotland, Ireland, Wales, as well as Breton, Galician and Astorian, Cape Breton, some Scandinavian stuff, and even Quebecois and American Appalachian and Old Time music. Oh, and a little British now and then. And Cornish. And probably some I left out. Some of our band members compose, and since we're American, I suppose you could say it isn't truly Celtic, but we compose in that style.

But we all come to it with an indescribable sense that that music is part of our collective subconcious heritage. It just speaks to something in our souls...

Great stuff!

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Postby BanuiRochon » Sat Mar 26, 2005 1:30 pm

Huge fan of Celtic music here (and traditional folk, and singer-songwriter folk, bluegrass, a wee bit of gospel, etc.). Folk music in general is what I grew up with--though no one in my family is particularly musical my dad is very musically-minded and knows loads about instruments and some music history and such. Celtic music was my first love--I still remember that my favourite band at the tender age of six was the British band Steeleye Span (popular in the seventies; they fuse traditional Celtic songs/pseudo-traditional Celtic songs with some electric instrumentation). I can remember going to many outdoor concerts and festivals throughout my childhood, and when I got old enough to truely appreciate music and finally started realising what an important part of my life it was, there Celtic music sprang again and saved me from the mire of pop music my young mind had attached itself to. *laughs*

So my first favourite band after my "musical turning point", per se, was--and still is--the Celtic band Solas. From their very traditional albums to the heavily rock-influenced The Edge of Silence (even if it's not necessarily traditional in any way, it's still brilliant). I've seen them live five times...ah for Boston with its never-ending folk calander. Moved from there a bit over six months ago and miss the music so much. I also love the Chieftains, Danu, Mary Black, Lunasa (haven't got any of their albums, but they did a stellar live set at the Canton Irish Connections Festival last year), and Loreena McKennitt, who's the only Celtic/New Age artist I really connect with. Likely because her work is more deeply rooted in tradition than, say, Enya's. (I love "May It Be" and "Aniron" but was sorely disappointed when I checked out A Day Without Rain from the library. She did too many strange things to her voice and made herself sound syrupy. The best songs were the foreign-language ones. Ah, if she would only sing everything the way she sang "May It Be"...)

There are probably some other artists out there that I love, and I just can't think of them at the moment. I listen to NPR's Thistle & Shamrock almost religiously every week and adore Fiona Richie's accent. *laughs* I also love how she draws on not just your typical Irish/Scottish music but pulls in the gems you don't often hear, such as a show of nothing but Welsh music, or last week's show which centred on Canadian music with Celtic roots.

(Eh...does the Braveheart sountrack count? I haven't got it--yet--but watching the film I was overpowered by the score. Even if the bagpipes were really Irish uillean pipes in disguise. I need to get the album...soon...)
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Postby Celticaite » Mon Mar 28, 2005 9:29 am

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Chieftains, Danu, Mary Black, Lunasa

Love 'em all. Mostly Irish on your list. You should also check out Flook, the Mulcahy Family, Altan and Dervish from the Irish, and Jock Tamson's Bairns, Old Blind Dogs, Tannahill Weavers, Ossian and Battlefield Band from the Scottish side. Also the House Band for a mixture. The list is endless!

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Postby LalaithUrwen » Mon Mar 28, 2005 12:50 pm

I love Celtic music!

Solas is quite good. And I like Loreena McKennitt all right. I picked up a CD by Natalie MacMaster (fiddler) that I've enjoyed.

My favorite groups/artists include Clannad, Moire Brennan (solo Christian stuff), Enya, Robin Bullock, Joemy Wilson, Will Millar, The Chieftans, etc. My favorite cross-over group is Great Big Sea--I just love them to no end! :D

Celticaite, that is quite cool about your band. :) I play on a very, very amateur level, at home, for friends, and at church, but I enjoy it tremendously.

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Postby Celticaite » Mon Mar 28, 2005 4:15 pm

Robin Bullock is a phenomenal Celtic string player. I go to Celtic music camps in the summer, and he has taught at several of those. My husband, who plays guitar in our band, has taken lessons from him. I'm the whistle/flute player in our group. :D

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Postby LalaithUrwen » Mon Mar 28, 2005 6:38 pm

Wow! :Q You and your husband are very lucky! :)

I'm a whistle player, too, btw. And flute and mountain dulcimer. And, well, non-Celticly-speaking (new word!! ;) ) I also play the clarinet and piano/keyboards.

Next on my list to learn is the Uillean pipes (which I'm afraid I've just misspelled).



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Postby Celticaite » Tue Mar 29, 2005 7:39 am

What a coinky-dink!
I also play the clarinet! In fact, I play it for 2 pieces in our band, one Breton and one Scandinavian. Otherwise it's not trad enough for my taste for the jigs and reels and strathspeys. Next on my list to learn is (are?) the Scottish smallpipes. I have a beautiful set from Hamish Moore that I just haven't had time to learn yet (was busy learning flute) but that's next up. Good luck with the uillean pipes, Lalaith! They looked too scary to me! :Q

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Postby LalaithUrwen » Tue Mar 29, 2005 6:52 pm

That is cool! :)

I play clarinet for our church's praise band; it's my main instrument, but I never thought of playing it in Celtic music. :doh: I have incorporated some Celtic/whistle techniques into my clarinet playing, though (cuts, trills, etc.).

Scottish smallpipes, eh? Sounds wonderful! And I will need good luck for the Uillean pipes--both for affording them and for learning them! ;)

BTW, what make are your whistles? Since I'm not professional or anything, I've not shelled out the big bucks, but I have Susatos. I didn't think I'd like them, but I actually love them. They sound terrific!


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Postby Celticaite » Wed Mar 30, 2005 9:01 pm

BTW, what make are your whistles?


My whistles are all sorts, since I have them in many different keys: I have a regular D and a low D by Michael Copeland, a low E and a low G by Ian Lambe, a low G by Michael Burke, low F and G by Susato, C by Clarke, and various and sundry others. I use the regular D, low D, G and C the most, I'd guess. I hear the Thin Weasel and WaterWeasels aren't bad, and I forget what John Skelton plays, starts with an S, Sindt I think, they're pretty good. I took lessons once from Joanie Madden at the Augusta Heritage Irish week camp. That was a blast! I forgot whose she plays, but they're hard to get. I've seen the pros play ordinary $6 Generation whistles that they whip out of their back pockets, so my guess is that it's the player, not the whistle that makes the great sound! :whistle:

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Postby LalaithUrwen » Thu Mar 31, 2005 8:33 pm

Impressive! :shock:

Given that you say you use your D, low D, G, and C the most, what would you recommend that I get next? I have a D and a C.

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Postby Celticaite » Sun Apr 03, 2005 7:41 pm

Lalaith, I would recommend the low G as your next whistle (between low D and regular D) It is the next most versatile and can play in G and C and some commonly used minor/modal keys. Good luck!

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Postby LalaithUrwen » Wed Apr 06, 2005 7:06 am

Thanks for the suggestion! :) I will definitely look into it. (Normally, I have to wait till the end of summer for the Celtic Fest to come to town in order to buy my next whistle, but I discovered last fall that the little British Isles shop in a nearby town carries Susatos. So I just need to wait for the next time I venture out there!)

Thanks, again!

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Postby elf_of_the_forest » Thu May 12, 2005 8:27 pm

Hello again Lalaith!

I posted on one of your other threads! I don't if the same keys refer to flutes and whistles but I would recommend an F whistle. Don't ask why, I've found that both flute and whistle are easy and versatile in F.

Back on the subject! Has anyone ever heard of the annual show "Celtic Woman"? :? It has many operatic quality musicians, in fact they are too good for opera! They have the most beautiful voices I have ever heard! You have to hear it! :)

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Postby Vanaladiel » Sat Nov 08, 2008 1:21 pm

I will gladly revive this old thread.

Yes Celtic Women is a great group and have been on the PBS channel givig performances. There is also Celtic Thunder now as well. It is men who are performing in the same way.

I have acquired many of the Gary Stadler cds now. He has several and I love listening to them as I drift off to sleep each night.
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Postby lady*of*rohan » Sun Nov 09, 2008 11:36 am

I love Celtic music! Celtic women is a great group, I listen to their music all the time. I think they have a Christmas cd out, I want to get it.

I really like a lot of the groups that have been mentioned. But I absolutely love Flogging Molly. I know they are more of a rock group, but their still Celtic. I love them so much! I want to go a a concert of theirs.

Talking about Celtic music makes me want to listen to my Celtic harp for Christmas cd. It's so pretty!

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Postby Vanaladiel » Mon Nov 10, 2008 12:53 pm

Flogging Mollys are a great group. We enjoy their music as well.

We have been waiting for the group WolfStone to make it to America or near us in Canada to go see them. So far they have been denied visas to come play here.
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Postby RoseMorninStar » Mon Nov 10, 2008 1:00 pm

I've got a lot of Flogging Molly.. but has anyone mentioned The Pogues yet?? :shock:

I love the soundtrack from P.S. I Love You.. that has a lot of Celtic/modern inspired Celtic Rock sound in it.
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Postby Vanaladiel » Mon Nov 10, 2008 1:11 pm

I never heard of the Progues! Do you have any links to some of their stuff???
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Postby HELMHAMMERHAND » Mon Nov 10, 2008 7:53 pm

I have a 'Furys' cd.

Thats about it.

I brought more out of curiosity, but don't listen to it that much.
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