Celtic Music

The Celtic nations have much in common with one another. But it is perhaps music more than anything else that unites them.
Traditional Celtic music is still very much alive, characterised by its pipes, harps, fiddles accordions and flutes and played at ceilis, dance competitions and concerts throughout the world.
But music never stands still. Contemporary musicians take the traditions of the past and do things with it that make it fresh and vibrant. The musicians of today take the themes, melodies, techniques and, of course instruments of their forbears and make something completely new.

A new generation of Celts

Global stars like Clannad, Enya, The Chieftains, The Corrs and The Pogues have put Celtic music on the map, but there’s so much more to it than that. From Celtic fusion through Celtic rock, punk and hip hop, a new generation of Celts across the six nations and the diaspora are taking traditional sounds in directions their forebears couldn’t possibly have imagined.

Celtic Culture

Here you'll find news, interviews with the movers and shakers in the Celtic music world and reviews of latest releases - everything you need to know about this most dynamic part of the Celtic cultural scene.   

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Features

Gary Innes

Accordion genius and former shinty player Gary Innes from Spean Bridge, Lochaber talks music, sport and career highlights…

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Jamie Smith

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Julie Fowlis

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Reviews

Gary Innes - Era

I sat down to listen to ‘ERA’ with high hopes.  The host of high calibre Scottish musicians involved in the making of this ‘solo’ album could not fail to deliver.

Just like the man himself, this album exudes warmth, love, craic and good humour.  Best enjoyed with a healthy measure of Lagavulin in front of an open fire in the middle of winter.

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Ross Ainslie - Sanctuary

‘Sanctuary’ is one of those albums that get right under your skin.  The melancholy strains of the Eastern-influenced strings coupled with the deeply haunting whistle take you to another plane…  where there are elephants.  There are definitely elephants.  And peacocks.

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band of the month

Ímar

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