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Celtic Music Links

Celtic music links

Lion Gargoyle Ceolas, the ultimate source for information about Celtic music.

Green Man John Moulden, Ulster folk music guru, offers a catalogue of Ulster folk music and song at his Ulstersongs site. And volume 2 of the Sam Henry collection (edited by him) will be out soon!

Fiddle Larry Sanger is attempting to construct the definitive website on Donegal fiddling. The site gets larger all the time.

Green Man Claddagh Records, who put out lots of good traditional music recordings.

Green Man A good source for reproductions of early Scottish fiddle collections is Fiddler's Crossing.

Lutenist Lyre Publications, suppliers of Scottish lute MSS.

Green Man Dan Beimborn's mandolin and cittern pages.

Lion Gargoyle CelticMusic.Com e-zine.

Kells Head Irish Music magazine.

Kells headSearch the IRTRAD-L archives for the accumulated wisdom of on-line Irish musicians worldwide.

Lion flagThe home page of the Scots-L Scottish music list has archives but no search facilities yet. There's also link collections on Scottish culture and dancing.

Kells Head Official Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Web Site for traditional Irish music and culture.

Tommy PeoplesTommy Peoples is one of Ireland's greatest fiddlers. His new album is a limited edition—it can only be purchased in a few selected shops in Ireland and through his website) There is a real audio section on the site that allows visitors to listen to a sample of the music contained on the album and the track listing page explains his reasons for writing the tunes.

Celtic Thing Every musical Celtic thing on the Web.

ReelMusic linkThe ReelMusic site has lots of Celtic MIDI files, and more.

Lion flag Tulloch Gorm is "a web site dedicated to the preservation, performance and appreciation of the traditional Celtic music of Scotland, Cape Breton, and the United States", and nicely done too.

Manx flag You hear a lot about Scotland and Ireland. Here's where you can get information about the third Gaelic country, the Isle of Man.

Leafy thing The Folksy Links page attempts to list all folk artists in every European country, including many from minority language groups that don't have their own spot on the map (but he has a flag for each one!). Some non-European as well.

More links:

Harp Harp links

Harping pig The harping pig will take you to Harpers' Hall and Culinary Society, the folk harp society in the South Bay. These people believe that good food is almost as important as harp music!

Other music links


Book reviews lifted from relevant newsgroups

Scotland's Music:
A History of the Traditional and Classical Music of Scotland from Early Times to the Present Day
by John Purser
Published by Mainstream, 1992. (7 Albany Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3UG)
ISBN 1-85158-426-9
311 pages; 225mm x 285 mm, hardback, 25 pounds (and worth every penny)

I got this book after seeing a lecture given by the author, now Dr. John Purser. This groundbreaking award winning book evolved from John's BBC radio series (covering 45 hours). The book covers the whole of Scotland's music—from 8th Century BC to the present day. The book covers both classical and traditional music individually and the links between them. Includes early Celtic plainchant; ballads in Scots and Gaelic; Renaissance music; music for lutes and virginals; music today: operatic; symphonic; Gaelic; folk revival and pop.

Chapters include:

Also includes: select bibliography; select discography; libraries and archives; glossary of Scottish musical terms; plates in colour and black and white; over 200 musical examples; full index.

An absolutely brilliant work, meticulously researched, magnificient in scope and beautifully presented. A must for anyone interested in learning in depth about one of Europe's most musical cultures.

A double CD set was also issued, (1) including one track of particular interest to soc.culture.scottish: "Calgacus", by Edward McGuire (for orchestra + pipes), performed by an unnamed piper and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Can anyone name the piper? George McIlwham, perhaps? (1) "Scotland's Music" (Linn Records 1992, LINN CKD 008; Linn Products Ltd, Floors Road, Eaglesham, Glasgow G76 0EP).

Musica Scotica

A new series of scholarly editions of Early Scottish music, edited by Dr Kenneth Elliott of Glasgow University. The series is being published in stages. Titles planned include: The Complete works of Robert Carver, The Complete Sacred Music of Robert Johnson, 16th Century Scots songs for voice and lute, 17th Century Scots songs for voice and lute/harpsichord, The Cantatas of Sir John Clerk of Penicuik, Early Scottish Music for Keyboard, Early Scottish Psalm-settings

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