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What is celtic music

Surely you have read, heard and, perhaps, even used this phrase yourself in different combinations – “Celtic music”, “Celtic music” and even “traditional Celtic music”, “folk Celtic music”, “funny Celtic dances”, “Ancient Celtic chants”, etc. etc. The phrase itself is very, very popular, but what kind of music is actually hidden behind it, no one can really explain. “Celtic music” can be fully electronic ambient with tracks like “Sacred Stonehenge and eighteen druids in a circle”, Latin American with electronic bagpipes, aggressive punk rock, violins, pipes and harmonica of funny drunk Irish men. Can you imagine how much everything fits into one definition? And after all, this is far from everything, you can fit anything into the “Celtic music”, even though the gloomy unstable mooing of the neruids, circling, holding hands, around the sacred bush. The musical genres described today by the word “Celtic music” can be divided into two categories:

Category One To describe it, we propose to introduce the term “Celtic music”, since it, perhaps, reflects its shape and not rich content much better.

This is, first of all, author’s commercial music. This is rock, electronics and other popular genres that use individual elements of Irish, Scottish, Breton folk music. One side of the “Celtic” medal is slow, beautiful, not very informative compositions (acoustic, electronic or created at the junction of some popular styles), designed for meditation, relaxation, creating a good mood. Usually plays the role of background music, it’s hard to concentrate on it. Such music is sometimes called “ethnics” or “world music”. However, we prefer to separate it into a separate, “Celtic” category. There are a lot of such artists in the world. They are mainly grouped around the American label Narada.

“Celtic music” in this regard may well be considered a solo play on any instrument that has received recognition as “Celtic”. For example, the Irish harp – no matter what melody you play on it, all this can be called “Celtic”, as well as the harp itself. The recognizable sound of the instrument paves the way for rich imagination and clear associations skillfully built by marketers. All of the above does not at all diminish the quality of the music itself and the skill of the musicians performing it, however, for the sake of objectivity, it should be clarified that “Celtic diversity” has an extremely distant relation to truly traditional music. In Russia, a similar niche is occupied, first of all, by the well-known Telenn Gwad group.

The other side of “Celtic” music is the use of all the same folk elements by rock and pop groups. So the monstroid term “Celtic rock” and the like appeared. Moreover, the Moscow group “Tintal” is far from being pioneers in using it; dozens of performers all over the world call themselves “Celtic rock”. However, we should pay tribute to the authors of the posters and press releases of Tintal, who came up with the absolutely incredible advertising slogan “Celtic rock in the bagpipe”.

A significant role in the dissemination of such music and its conquest of a wide springboard in the market was played by its deliberate introduction into the circles of fans of fantasy, which, firstly, are very numerous, and secondly, are initially predisposed to such romantic and quasi-historical themes. Record an album on which there will be ten tracks with a harp, bagpipe, synthesizer and your ingenious vocals skipped through ten lotions, name them, for example, “The Call of the Celts”, “Middle Kingdom”, “Celtic Myst” – and minimal sales Your drive is secured. The same thing applies to rock artists. Add a block flute, a harp (or, best of all, a Scottish bagpipe to the sound of your band), a reliable option, even if you play furious black metal), and you can still call it the same “Celtic rock”.

The Celts do not care, they have already died out for a long time, but the audience will increase significantly – exotic always attracts. To heighten the surroundings, you can include in the program several songs about “mighty Finn”, “Hero Kukhulin” or “Green Erin” – all the same, most of those who came to your concert do not know what this means, but they will surely infuse respect for the group using creativity such smart, and, of course, truly Celtic words. And in no case do not forget about the bagpipe. A good piper will make you a positive image and good training, even if you have a clear lack of talent.

One can often hear the following phrase: “This group is not authentic, they have an electric guitar, but these – they certainly play a real, authentic Celtic folk.” Let’s figure it out – does it happen at all, authentic, and even Celtic, folk.

Category two. It includes folk music from the following countries: Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, Wales, Cornwall, Galicia and the Isle of Man.

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