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    Question Is Jig Music peculiar to Ireland and Scotland or is it common to other Celtic countries?

    Everyone knows what an Irish jig sounds like and most people would be able to identify a traditional reel or jig as "Irish".
    Scottish traditional music is very similar (though it doesn't get quite as lively as some of the Irish jigs), this isn't suprising considering the common heritage of the two peoples.

    However, is this music peculiar to Ireland and Scotland or is it common to other Celtic countries?
    The music would be characterised by use of the pentatonic scale among other things.
    I have heard Galician traditional music and it sounds very similar if not identical to Irish traditional music.
    These three lands (Ireland, Scotland and Galicia) all share a common Goidelic/Gaelic past.
    But I wondered if this was an overall Celtic type of music or restricted to the Goidelic culture.

    I have never heard traditional Welsh music, perhaps that would give a clue as to whether the Brythonic Celts shared this with their Gaelic brethren. Also, does anyone know of traditional European music which sounds similar?

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    Providenje tells me that trad Serbian music can be quite similar He'll be the man to ask, i suspect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scathach
    Providenje tells me that trad Serbian music can be quite similar He'll be the man to ask, i suspect.
    I've heard two songs he sent me, actually
    While the instrument used was a form of bagpipe (which providenje said was likely brought to Serbia by the ancient Scordician Celts), the tune itself sounded decidedly un-Celtic, I'm afraid.

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    I know; they´re not traditional Celtic.

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