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23rd Nov 2013, 10:22
What is it about the Celtic nations that no matter how savage they can be they produce some of the most evocative, nay haunting, ballads...

Is it the whisky, the mist or something else that imbues their music so...?

Sandy Denny - Fhir A Bhata - YouTube


23rd Nov 2013, 10:23
evocative, nay haunting

or, as we say, weird

23rd Nov 2013, 10:31
or, as we say, weird

Whisky does have that effect...

Slàinte ;)

The Whisky Song (Scottish drinking music video) - YouTube


23rd Nov 2013, 10:48
Ah! pay a visit here to see and hear the Celts gathering ..

Festival Interceltique de Lorient: August 2014 / Brittany's main events / Events / Things to do (http://www.brittanytourism.com/things-to-do/events/brittany-s-main-events/festival-interceltique-de-lorient-august-2014)

I have a bombarde which can only be played for max 5 mins before complete exhaustion sets in .... but the sound is magnifique, best heard from no closer than 1/2 kiliometre from the player! :eek:

23rd Nov 2013, 10:52


Quiberon - Bombarde Cornemuse musique Bretagne - TV Quiberon 24/7 - YouTube


23rd Nov 2013, 11:33
Warning: aviation content! (2:00)

Runrig - Going home..Hearthammer..Siol ghoraidh (Life) - YouTube

Dak Man
23rd Nov 2013, 11:36

23rd Nov 2013, 12:00
Warning: aviation content! (2:00)

A fly past at a music concert now that I like!


23rd Nov 2013, 12:26
A few years ago we attended an open air "Last night of the Proms" concert, with a Spitfire display in the middle and real fireworks with the 1812. Brilliant.

Lon More
23rd Nov 2013, 13:26
The Lone Pipe and return to barracks with the Black Bear.

Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2011 - Lone Piper & Closing Scenes - YouTube

Unfortunately spoilt by the brass band in the middle.

23rd Nov 2013, 13:47
Check out these 4 albums by Alan Stivell:-

Celtic Roots.
Live In Dublin.
Live At Olympia.

And then there's one of the best Irish bands ever……Horslips.

23rd Nov 2013, 14:10
Here ya go LFAJ. (After you paste the video URL between the YouTube brackets you have to erase everything in front of the = sign)


I can't find it on You Tube but give a listen to Rachel Earwicker singing Pearl's Song. Raise the hair on the back of your neck.

23rd Nov 2013, 16:45

23rd Nov 2013, 17:01




Haunting music that brings me out in goosebumps. I saw Loreena McKennit in concert at the church of Oour Lady of Guelph in Ontario - unforgettable. And Clannad at the Waterfront in Belfast.

23rd Nov 2013, 19:53
Unsure about the Celtic origins of this particular song, but there's plenty more where this came from, from these talented ladies..



Lon More
23rd Nov 2013, 20:53
Gaelic Waulking song - YouTube

Bothy Ballad and photos from old farming days of North-East Scotland - YouTube

Puirt A Bheul - Traditional Scottish Gaelic Mouth Music - YouTube

Metro man
24th Nov 2013, 01:47
A thread about Celtic music and no ones mentioned Clannad yet ?

CLANNAD-Theme from Harry's Game - YouTube (http://youtu.be/2KpNzalFKPo)

24th Nov 2013, 04:41
A thread about Celtic music and no ones mentioned Clannad yet ?Err ... post #14, or perhaps I'm on your ignore list in which case you won't see this either.

Metro man
24th Nov 2013, 06:10
I'm just seeing a big blank space on my IPAD for post 14, will check on the PC.

Lon More
24th Nov 2013, 08:22
Caledonia - Dougie MacLean

24th Nov 2013, 09:30
To fully appreciate celtic music you to have:
1. Been born a Celt.
2. Be from the Western shores of Ireland, Scotland or from Brittany. Preferably from Donegal or Arran (Árainneacha) Ireland.
3. A melancholic soul.
4. An 800 year memory as if all things only happened yesterday.
5. An appreciation of open wild wet moors and distant misty hills, i.e. if it you can see the hills it will soon rain and if you cannot see the hills it is raining and time for a pint of guinness.


24th Nov 2013, 09:33
and if you cannot see the hills it is raining and time for a pint of guinness.

Ah, I knew I had some Celtic in me somewhere! ;)

Van Morrison - Into The Mystic (Original Version) - YouTube


24th Nov 2013, 09:35
for a Seffer you get Honorary Celtic status plus your music videos get bonus points. :cool:

24th Nov 2013, 09:49
for a Seffer you get Honorary Celtic status

I am honoured Vercingetorix! :ok:

I will register my newly endorsed bardic status with the relevant authorities...;)

Do Virgins Taste Better & The Dragon's Retort - YouTube


24th Nov 2013, 09:57
for those who don't know your bardic status has long been confirmed by Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo.
I initially read your response as barbaric status! All same difference to our Anglo cousins but what the hell. Vive la différence. :ok:

Lon More
24th Nov 2013, 10:02
time for a pint of guinness.

I'd rather be guinless as it gives me the runs, .... but a nice glass of aan Islay malt, sat in front of a peat fire ....

Scotland the What? "Our Glens", featuring George Donald. - YouTube

24th Nov 2013, 10:09
you are definitely of Celtic origin. Bruichladdich, Lagavulin, Laphroaig and even Ardbeg are the drinks of the Gods.
Also being a bit of a heretic I would add in Calvados Apple brandy from Normandy

P.S. Total heresy, I have a bottle of Black Bush in the house.

Lon More
24th Nov 2013, 10:25
I could happily settle down in Normandie. Went to Llorient years ago for the festival. Great memories, Soldat Louis, Dan Ar Braz,
Calvados, cidre and excellent food.
Karen Matheson & Dan Ar Braz (L'héritage des Celtes) - Left in Peace - YouTube

But Scotland's still God's own Country



24th Nov 2013, 10:33

She reminds me of a younger Petula Clarke with a dark wig!

24th Nov 2013, 10:39
For more authentic Karen Matheson performances check out Capercaillie recordings.
Another lovely Scottish Gaelic singer, Julie Fowlis, recently featured on the soundtrack of Disney's Brave - although they made her sing in English!

24th Nov 2013, 13:19
Avicii Vs Lurgan - "Wake Me Up" as Gaeilge - YouTube I really like this one, it actually sounds better than the original version.

flying lid
24th Nov 2013, 17:48
The Corries --- Wha Wadna Fecht For Charlie - YouTube

The Corries A' The Blue Bonnets - YouTube

01 - Sherrifmuir - YouTube

Fighting music !!


Lon More
24th Nov 2013, 19:07
For those outwith Scotland but with Sky tv there are lot of good Celtic music programmes on BBC Alba and on the BBC Scotland channel.

Celtic Connections is an example. Karen Matheson featured a lot this year as did Julie Fowlis.

I have a bottle of Black Bush in the house.

ex GF always brought a Black Bush with her when she came to stay. :E

Gren fields of France

The definitive anti-war song, written by an expatriate Scot - Eric Bogle

24th Nov 2013, 19:44
ex GF always brought a Black Bush with her when she came to stay.To drink, or just to taste?

Lon More
24th Nov 2013, 19:55
To drink, or just to taste?

It was a pleasure to get my tongue round it.

24th Nov 2013, 20:55
"So glad you made it"!

25th Nov 2013, 09:09
Another Fowlis fan here.

For celtic guitar, try Tony McManus or Pierre Bensusan.

25th Nov 2013, 15:26
Thing of beauty, joy forever etc

Muirsheen Durkin (1968) - YouTube

Little cloud
25th Nov 2013, 20:38
A real blast from the past, Skara Brae. They didn't last long, 1970 to '72 I think but they did morph into the late, great Bothy Band and didn't go down the Celtic twilight commercial route of Clannad.

Skara Brae: Caitlín Tiriall - YouTube (http://youtu.be/xvTdnj2TwLk)

Lon More
25th Nov 2013, 21:37
A question for maybe Magnus.
Back in the70s there was a group called IIRC Dundonald. They issued an LP of the same name think. I've been trying to find one track from that, "Hielan' Chiels", for years

Lon More
25th Nov 2013, 21:40
The Black Family - Celtic Colours - October 2011 - YouTube


If you're unaware of the abuse that took place in the Magdalene Laundries watch this

26th Nov 2013, 07:19
Lon More: Sorry, that doesn't ring any bells. I was listening to and playing mainly hard rock and blues then, and lost touch with the folk world. Wouldn't be "The Buchan Turnpike", would it? It tells of the "hieland and the lowland chiels cut doon the knowes wi spads and shiels".

Only reference I could find online was a request on the mudcat site, and I suspect that maybe came from you.

Lon More
26th Nov 2013, 11:41
Thanks anyway Magnus.

I must have posted that on Mudcat 10 years ago.
I had the track on a C90 cassette years ago, but it's long gone.

Just did another web search and found a version by Mike Vass and Fiona Hunter (https://soundcloud.com/mikevass/fiona-hunter-and-mike-vass-ye)