Celtic music

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Celtic music is a broad grouping of music genres that evolved out of the folk musical traditions of the Celtic peoples of Western Europe. It refers to both orally-transmitted traditional music and recorded music, and the styles vary considerably to include everything from "trad" (traditional) music to a wide range of hybrids.

Origins and History[edit | edit source]

Celtic music has its roots in the traditional music of the Celtic nations, which include Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Galicia, and the Isle of Man. The music is characterized by its use of traditional instruments such as the fiddle, bagpipes, tin whistle, and harp.

Instruments[edit | edit source]

  • Fiddle: A string instrument played with a bow, similar to the violin.
  • Bagpipes: A wind instrument using enclosed reeds fed from a constant reservoir of air in the form of a bag.
  • Tin whistle: A simple six-holed woodwind instrument.
  • Harp: A multi-stringed instrument which has been used in Celtic music for centuries.

Genres and Styles[edit | edit source]

Celtic music encompasses a variety of genres and styles, including:

Modern Celtic Music[edit | edit source]

In the 20th and 21st centuries, Celtic music has seen a resurgence in popularity, with many artists blending traditional elements with contemporary styles. Bands like The Chieftains, Clannad, and The Corrs have brought Celtic music to a global audience.

Festivals and Events[edit | edit source]

Celtic music is celebrated at numerous festivals around the world, including:

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