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Taras Bulba
Monday, February 9th, 2004, 05:53 PM
This is a Celtic forum, I'm sure obviously many of the people who post here are big fans of traditional Celtic folk music. I sure am! What bands or artists in particular are your favorite of them all?

I have to say that my all time favorite Celtic band is the Scottish group Old Blind Dogs.


http://www.oldblinddogs.demon.co.uk/

For over ten years now, the Old Blind Dogs have stood at the leading edge of the roots revival that has both reawakened and revolutionised Scottish folk music.

Combining a deep appreciation of ancient traditions with a highly contemporary, dynamically cosmopolitan musical approach, their uniquely distinctive arrangements of ballads, airs, and dance-tunes put the sounds of their homeland firmly on the world music map.

You can also listen to songs from their latest albums. My favorite album of theirs is "the World's Room", especially the first song "To the Beggin' I will go", which also happens to be my favorite song done by the.
You can listen to it here
http://www.greenlinnet.com/shopping/search_detail.cfm?ProductID=173

I also love their version of Robert Burns' "Is there for honest Poverty" from their album "Fit?" http://www.greenlinnet.com/shopping/search_detail.cfm?ProductID=1003

I also very much like the Chieftains. Clannad is another group I like.

sciath
Tuesday, February 10th, 2004, 11:32 AM
I used to find the music and words had some strength.

Liar, you are in love with Karen Matheson ;) ;) ;)
I am too ! :D :D

sciath
Tuesday, February 10th, 2004, 12:30 PM
For the sake of the argument, let's just say that I prefer her over the rest of the group components ;)

Honest, for me it's a break from the emptiness that characterizes most music in English language:



One song I like a lot but I don't understand a word of it is Rann Na Móna... I wish someone would translate it from Scottish Gaelic:

Indeed it is a very powerful band who led to a revival of celtic consciousness in Scotland
I don't know Scottish Gaelic. All I can understand is that "my heart is dancing....I 'll go to Rann na Mona...on the seaside " and she'll "fish salmon" there :D :D

Scáthach
Wednesday, February 11th, 2004, 03:30 PM
So many!
Horslips and Steeleye Span are by far the very best though - esp the album I spend my life raving about; ''the Táin'' by the former!
Steeleye Span do an excellent ''Black leg Miner'' and are some of the best musicians I have ever heard.

Milesian
Wednesday, February 11th, 2004, 03:59 PM
So many!
Horslips and Steeleye Span are by far the very best though - esp the album I spend my life raving about; ''the Táin'' by the former!
Steeleye Span do an excellent ''Black leg Miner'' and are some of the best musicians I have ever heard.

I thought Steeleye Span were English?
And isn't Black leg Miner a Red song? :D ;)

Scáthach
Thursday, February 12th, 2004, 10:04 PM
They're half Irish and half English. Black leg Miner is a song about the union and i LOVE it. :D

Milesian
Thursday, February 12th, 2004, 10:05 PM
They're half Irish and half English. Black leg Miner is a song about the union and i LOVE it. :D


So you love the Union eh?
You'll be giving us a rendition of Land of Hope and Glory next :-O ;)

Scáthach
Thursday, February 12th, 2004, 10:07 PM
Can I also sing Seeger's ''Union maid''? ;)

Laedifox
Saturday, February 14th, 2004, 01:40 AM
I like Enter The Haggis, from my hometown. The guys are cool (I've known them for about five years) and Craig rocks on the bagpipes.

Slainte Mhath from Cape Breton are OK too.

Awar
Saturday, February 14th, 2004, 02:01 AM
I don't really like the band Orthodox Celts but they're interesting because the're Serbs playing Irish music ( mostly original Irish songs, but some of their repertoire is their own ).
Visit their website at www.orthodoxcelts.co.yu

their discography( RealAudio feeds ): http://www.orthodoxcelts.co.yu/discoe.html

Best songs ( according to me ):
http://www.orthodoxcelts.co.yu/green.ra
http://www.orthodoxcelts.co.yu/celts.ra

Saoirse
Saturday, February 14th, 2004, 08:08 PM
France has Celtic origin. Paris was named after the Celtic tribe Parisii.

Dr. Solar Wolff
Sunday, February 15th, 2004, 08:00 AM
When I play the song "River" by Enya something strange happens to me. I hesitate to describe it because it is so wierd. As the music is playing someone comes inside my head and tells me a story. It is an ongoing story and it is told to me an episode at a time in random order. If I play this song over and over again, the information just keeps coming. It is a very emotional story, so it is hard to work or do anything other than "listen". Recently, someone asked me to reasearch a historical fact described in this "story". To my surprise the exact context was verifed by historical fact. Yet, what was described to me was a person to person account of the event, not something from a history book.

Has anyone ever heard of such a thing?

sciath
Sunday, February 15th, 2004, 04:12 PM
1) Capercaillie : forgive me my Irish friends...but Karen Matheson I love you :P :P

2) Altan : very good Donegal tradition

3) Denez Prigent : a champion of gwerz and Kan ha Diskan (= Breton sean nos) blended with techno ...definitely hypnotic !

Sigrun Christianson
Sunday, February 15th, 2004, 04:39 PM
Have any of you heard of Tempest? I know very little about Celtic Rock, but I did see this band live and they were just awesome.

http://www.tempestmusic.com/

BTW, does DKM count as Celtic music? :D

Scáthach
Monday, February 16th, 2004, 02:48 PM
Alright someone has to mention these, surprised no one has!

Planxty - need no introduction, perhaps Ireland's finest, even though Christy Moore annoys me..

Stockton's Wing - excellent musicians

The Bothy Band - my parent's raised me on them...

Tim O Brien - brilliant musician, excellent lyrics and renditions of Irish folk songs


How about a thread dedicated to links to some of the best Celtic songs?

Ragnarok
Friday, June 4th, 2004, 01:46 AM
Cruachan
www.cruachan.cjb.net

Milesian
Friday, June 4th, 2004, 09:30 AM
Cruachan
www.cruachan.cjb.net

Yeah, I have a few of their songs on my HD :)

Johannes de León
Friday, June 4th, 2004, 02:58 PM
just to add some bands here:

Gaelic Storm
The Chieftains
Milladoiro
Altan
Gael Sli
Lúnasa
Deaf Shepherd
The Tannahill Weavers
Maire Breatnach
LLan de Cubel
Balandrán
Trisquel

pat
Wednesday, August 11th, 2004, 07:14 AM
Geasa are my favourite

WarMaiden
Saturday, August 14th, 2004, 03:40 AM
When I play the song "River" by Enya something strange happens to me. I hesitate to describe it because it is so wierd. As the music is playing someone comes inside my head and tells me a story. It is an ongoing story and it is told to me an episode at a time in random order. If I play this song over and over again, the information just keeps coming. It is a very emotional story, so it is hard to work or do anything other than "listen". Recently, someone asked me to reasearch a historical fact described in this "story". To my surprise the exact context was verifed by historical fact. Yet, what was described to me was a person to person account of the event, not something from a history book.

Has anyone ever heard of such a thing?
I've had that same feeling with Clannad....

WarMaiden
Saturday, August 14th, 2004, 03:41 AM
Cruachan
www.cruachan.cjb.net (http://www.cruachan.cjb.net)
I like Cruachan and they are good live, they just need to get rid of that awful female singer, the best part of their show is when she goes off stage and the boys just play :D

Lord Wind
Saturday, August 14th, 2004, 11:28 AM
There is a celtic pagan metal band from my homeland called Eluveitie. I saw them live a few months ago, they impressed me with their music very much.
Another celtic metal band i like is Aes Dana from france.

http://aesdana.free.fr/

www.eluveitie.ch (http://www.eluveitie.ch)

+Suomut+
Sunday, August 15th, 2004, 02:16 PM
There is a long-standing band in the American South (from Jacksonville, Florida) called "Celtic Soul," (I'm a big fan!) who are widely known among enthusiastic Scots and Irish folks in my part of the world for they have long been touring Scottish Highland events, St. Patrick's Day events, etc. Their genre is basically 'rockified-tradtional-Celtic music (esp. both Scottish & Irish). Their band consists of both American and European Celts. I have several of their CDs if any of you are interested in hearing some of their stuff. ;) For those of you down South...I HIGHLY!!! encourage you to check them out sometime soon if they are ever in your locale. :)

CHEERS! :)

Johannes de León
Sunday, August 15th, 2004, 02:36 PM
There is also a Southern American band, though many of them are ethnic Irish, it's something along punkified-folk, but it is very good, the name of the band is Flogging Molly, I am a big fan of them, and i have all his albums. :)


I have several of their CDs if any of you are interested in hearing some of their stuff. I'm very interested... :thumbsup

+Suomut+
Monday, August 16th, 2004, 03:22 PM
There is also a Southern American band, though many of them are ethnic Irish, it's something along punkified-folk, but it is very good, the name of the band is Flogging Molly, I am a big fan of them, and i have all his albums. :)

I'm very interested... :thumbsup

Here you go sir, one track from one album/CD: http://hosting.skadi.net/Suomut/07.mp3 (http://hosting.skadi.net/Suomut/07.mp3) . :) :thumbsup It's entitled: "I Will Go." It's a traditional Scottish song about a man of the McLeod clan/family who leaves his glen/home...joins the British Army...fights abroad...then in the end when he returns home he and his comrades find their homes on fire/devastated (I presume by the Brit. Army/Gov't.). 'Tis a tragic story from some older, more tragic times. :-|

Here are the lyrics:

(chorus)
I will go, I will go,
When the fightin' is over
To the land of McCleod,
That I left to be a soldier.
I will go, I will go.

The King's son came along,
He called us all together
Sayin' "Brave Highland men,
Will ye fight for my father?"
I will go, I will go.

I've a buckle on my belt,
A sword in my scabard,
A redcoat on my back,
and a shillin' in my pocket.
I will go, I will go.

(chorus)
I will go, I will go,
When the fightin' is over
To the land of McCleod,
That I left to be a soldier.
I will go, I will go.

When they brought us all onboard (a ship),
The lassies were singin',
But the tears came to their eyes,
When the bells started ringin' (to depart).
I will go, I will go.

When they landed on the shore,
And saw the foreign heather
We knew that some would fall,
And would lie there forever.
I will go, I will go.

(chorus)
I will go, I will go,
When the fightin' is over
To the land of McCleod,
That I left to be a soldier.
I will go, I will go.

(fiddle solo)

When they came back to the glen,
The winter was comin'
Our goods lay in the snow,
And our houses were burnin'.
I will go, I will go.

(chorus x3)
I will go, I will go,
When the fightin' is over
To the land of McCleod,
That I left to be a soldier.
I will go, I will go.

I will go, I will go....

(instrumental...exit)


This song is fairly well popular and can oft be heard at most Scottish events, festivals, etc. This version is a mellow/soft one...there are others that are more lively and/or 'hard.' I have another version of this song performed by a family act/band consisting of a man, his wife, and his daughter (all born in Scotland excluding the daughter who was born in the US--all live in the US now) also...it's good too (very moving).

This diddy puts tears in my eyes nearly everytime I hear it. :-| ...makes me wonder sometimes that I might be a McCleod! lol ;) I am indeed part-Scot...surely that explains it! lol ;) :)

CHEERS Johannes de Léon!!!:prost :)

Willowsprout
Thursday, August 19th, 2004, 11:53 AM
Flogging Molly
Make me want to get up dance a Jig and punch someone maybe lol

Johannes de León
Thursday, August 19th, 2004, 12:00 PM
Flogging Molly
Make me want to get up dance a Jig and punch someone maybe lol Welcome aboard... :D

+Suomut+
Monday, August 23rd, 2004, 11:57 PM
Welcome aboard... :D"Welcome aboard!??!" To her?!?! She's been here as long as you have! lol :-P :D ;)

@you: WELCOME ABOARD! :D If you liked the song, you're welcome. :) If not, sorry. :-\

Johannes de León
Tuesday, August 24th, 2004, 09:18 AM
"Welcome aboard!??!" To her?!?! She's been here as long as you have! lol :-P :D ;)
Welcome aboard for having the same feeling that i have while listening to Flogging Molly. :D


@you: WELCOME ABOARD! :D If you liked the song, you're welcome. :) If not, sorry. :-\ Thanks for the warm welcome. :D I liked it, thanks. :thumbsup

Newgrange
Friday, August 27th, 2004, 04:43 PM
You can listen to Celtic music at Green Linnet (http://www.greenlinnet.com/listen/index.html)

Buy CDs online at Shop Green Linnet (http://www.greenlinnet.com/shopping/index.cfm)

Green Linnet is located in Danbury,Connecticut USA

Newgrange
Saturday, September 4th, 2004, 05:45 AM
Fiona Ritchie (http://www.npr.org/programs/thistle/about/roots.html) has a weekly radio program The Thistle & Shamrock (http://www.npr.org/programs/thistle/season/index.html) ,focusing on Celtic music. You can listen to her show on the internet on Saturdays 11:50am-12:50pm here (http://www.wfuv.org/stream.html)

AngryPotato
Saturday, September 4th, 2004, 06:07 AM
You can listen to Celtic music at Green Linnet (http://www.greenlinnet.com/listen/index.html)

Buy CDs online at Shop Green Linnet (http://www.greenlinnet.com/shopping/index.cfm)

Green Linnet is located in Danbury,Connecticut USA


That's a really great link. Only 45 minutes away and never knew it existed. One thing that should definitely be pointed out about this site is that the prices are truly affordable. Very good info! :D

cultofodin
Tuesday, March 15th, 2005, 08:08 AM
A good Breton/Celtic singer/band is Alan Stivell.

Bismark
Tuesday, March 15th, 2005, 10:30 AM
FloggingMolly !!!


In particular the songs,

Drunken lullaby,
The Likes of You,
And
Whats's Left Of The Flag