Ceolas, the ultimate source
for information about Celtic music.
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
Larry Sanger is attempting to construct the definitive website on Donegal
fiddling. The site gets larger all the time.
Claddagh Records, who put out
lots of good traditional music recordings.
A good source for reproductions of early Scottish fiddle collections is
suppliers of Scottish lute MSS.
Dan Beimborn's mandolin and cittern
Irish Music magazine.
the IRTRAD-L archives
for the accumulated wisdom of on-line Irish musicians worldwide.
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.
Official Comhaltas Ceoltóirí
Éireann Web Site for traditional Irish music and culture.
Peoples is one of Ireland's greatest fiddlers. His new album is a limited
editionit 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.
Every musical Celtic thing
on the Web.
ReelMusic site has lots of Celtic
MIDI files, and more.
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.
You hear a lot about Scotland and Ireland. Here's where you can get
information about the third Gaelic country, the Isle
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
Smithfield Village seems to be an odd sort of place, featuring "a selection of bars, restaurants and vibrant shopping core". There's a Chief O'Neill's Hotel. The restaurant features dishes the likes of "Steamed mussels with tomato, coriander & chilli sauce", and "B.B.Q. pork belly with blue cheese, watercress & beetroot salad". Not a rasher in sight. Would Denis Murphy have eaten here? Sounds like an attempt to cash in on the Riverdance market. Possibly some Dublin resident can provide more insight.
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!
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)
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 musicfrom 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.
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).
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
For more information, contact
Dr Kenneth Elliott
General Editor, Musica Scotica
Department of Music
University of Glasgow
Tel: 0131 339 8877 (extn 4094)
Fax: 0141 307 8018
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