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Irish & Celtic Music

Is this folk music? Is it dance music? Is it world/international music? Celtic and Irish music may be challenging to categorize, but one thing's for certain if the only tune that comes to your mind when you think of Irish music is "Danny Boy," you are missing out on some of the most compelling, joyous, and high-spirited music on the planet. Listening to this music can bring bright, warm rays of sunshine to the grayest and bluest of days.

The traditional music of Celtic countries - Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany (in France), Galicia (in Spain) has journeyed far from its origins in these parts. Widespread emigration of Irish and Scots to the U.S. and Canada brought Celtic music to the maritime provinces of Canada, including Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The French Canadians known as Acadians then traveled south to the swamps of Louisiana, where Cajun music was born. But no matter the origins or regional flavor, all of these branches of Celtic music feature similar instrumentation: fiddle, accordion, concertina, other stringed instruments mandolin, guitar, and banjo not to mention flute, pennywhistle, bagpipes, Uilleann pipes, harp, and other instruments. For descriptions of the instruments commonly used in Celtic music, visit our Celtic Instruments page.

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