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    Celtic Music

    I like Celtic music. I don't really know how to define it, but I know it when I hear it.

    I want to start this thread with a song that does not sound especially Celtic, but it is one of my favorites, and it was performed by the Clancy Brothers. Feel free to post your Celtic favorites.



     


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    I like the Chieftains, Enya and Loreena McKennitt.

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    Here's some Celtic music from Wales by 4 Yn Y Bar. I like it.

     


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    Here's one of my favorites. I like its Jacobite theme.

     


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    great idea...I thought we had a celtic thread a long time ago but was never able to find it

    love the songs posted, and I'll take a look for a few of my faves

    here was a nice surprise when I found it...the Chieftains, featuring Mick Jagger of all people
    ...and I though he did a great job!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4F-4rY4g4Do

    one of my fav songs from a fav band
    The Pogues - I'm a Man You Don't Meet Every Day

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    I do think in general the term "Celtic music" is generally more of a North American term, here in Ireland we tend to talk about "Folk music" or "Traditional music" (eg. Trad)

    Of course you also have Irish language music which can either be similiar to Trad (as sung in English) due to same music, or completely without music (Sean-Nós eg. "Old-Style")



    (In this the woman is wishing she was the wife of Paidín and is wishing his wife trouble)


    Máire Ní Eidhin

    Ar mo dhul chuig an Aifreann le toil na nGrásta,
    Bhí ‘n lá ‘cur báistí is d’ardaigh gaoth
    Casadh an ainnir liom le taobh Chill Tártain
    Is thit mé láithreach i ngrá le mnaoi
    Do labhair mé léithe go múinte mánla
    ‘S de réir a cáilíocht’ do fhreagair sí
    Sé dúirt sí – “Raft’rí, tá m’intinn sásta
    ‘Gus gluais go lá liom go Baile Uí Laí”

    Nuair a fuair mé an tairiscint níor lig mé ar cairde é
    ach rinne mé gáire ‘gus ghet mo chroí,
    Ní raibh le gabháil againn ach trasna páirce
    Níor thug muid an lá ann go tóin an tí
    Leag sí anuas bord a raibh gloine is cárt air
    Is cúilín fáinneach le m’ais ina suí
    ‘Séard dúirt sí: ‘Raiftaraí, bí ag ól is céad fáilte
    Tá an siléar láidir a’ainn i mBaile Uí Lí.

    Sí Máire Ní Eidhin an stáidbhean bhéasach
    Ba dheise méin agus b’áille gnaoi
    Dhá chéad cléireach ‘s a gcur le chéile
    Agus trian a tréithre ní fhéadfadh scríobh
    Buail sí Déirdre le breáthacht is Véineas
    Is dá n-abrainn Hélen le’r scriosadh an Traoi —
    Ach scoth ban Éireann as ucht an mhéid sin
    An pósae gléigeal ‘tá i mBaile Uí Laí.

    Nach aoibhinn aerach ar thaobh an tsléibhe
    Is tú ag féachaint síos uait ar Baile Uí Lí
    A’ siúl na ngleannta a’ baint cnó is sméara
    ‘Gus ceiliúr éan ann mar na ceolta sí
    Níl brí sa méid sin dá bhfaigheá léargas
    Ar bláth na gcraobh ‘tá lena thaobh
    Níl maith dá shéanadh níos fada ar aon neach,
    A spéir na gréine, is tú grá mo chroí

    Dá Siúilfeá Sasana ‘s an Fhrainc le chéile
    An Spáinn, an Ghréig ‘s ar ais arís
    Ó bhruach Loch Gréine go Béal Loch Éirne
    ‘S ní fheicfeá féirín ar bith mar í
    A grua thrí lasadh is a mailí caola
    A haighaidh dá réir is a béal tais mín
    Scoth ban Éireann, is as ucht an scéil sin
    A thug mé an chraogh dhuit i mBaile Lí

    A réalt tsolais, is a ghrian bhreá an Fhomhair,
    A chúilín ómra a mheall mo chroí
    Siúil ar uaigneas liom go ndeanfaidh ár gcomhairle
    Fá choinne an Domhnaigh cá mbeidh ár suí
    Níor mhór liom ceol dhuit gach aon tráthnóna
    Puins ar bord is dá n-ólta fíon
    Ach Rí na Glóire, go dtriomaí an bóthar
    Is go bhfaighe mé an t-eolas ar ais aríst

    Mary Hynes, or The Posy Bright

    Going to Mass of me, God was gracious,
    The day came rainy and the wind did blow,
    And near Kiltartan I met a maiden
    Whose love enslaved me and left me low.
    I spoke to her gently, the courteous maiden,
    And gently and gaily she answered so:
    “Come, Raftery, with me, and let me take you
    To Ballylee, where I have to go.”

    When I got the offer, I did not put off (its acceptance),
    I laughed, and my heart bounded ;
    We had only to go across the field,
    And we only brought the day to the back of the house.
    There was laid for us a table on which was a glass and quart,
    And the ringletted coolun beside me sittmg,
    ‘Twas what she said, “Raftery be drinking, and, a hundred welcomes,
    The cellar is strong in Ballylee.”

    It is lovely and airy on the side of the mountain
    Looking down upon Ballylee,
    Walking in the grass, picking nuts and blackberries,
    The warbling of birds there is all as one as fairy music.
    What is the good of all that, till you would get a sight
    Of the blossom of the branches who is by its side;
    There is no use in denying it, and I conceal it from no one,
    She is the sky of the sun and the love of my heart.

    I travelled England and France together,
    Spain and Greece and back again,
    From the brink of Loch Greine to the Mouth of the Quay,
    And I nover saw a faireen at all like her.
    If I were wed to the Blossom of Youth,
    Through Loch an Toraic I would follow her,
    Harbours and coasts I would walk, and roads,
    After the jewel-woman who is in Ballylee.

    It is Mary Hynes is the courteous, stately woman,
    Of nicest mien and most lovely appearance;
    Two hundred clerks, and to put them together,
    One-third of her accomplishments they could not write.
    She beat Deidre for fineness, and Venus,
    And if I were to mention Helen by whom Troy was destroyed,
    But she is the flower of Ireland on account of all that,
    The Posy Bright who is in Ballylee.

    O Star of Light, O Sun of Harvest,
    O Amber Coolun, (my) share of the world,
    Would you proceed with me, against Sunday,
    Until we take counsel where shall our sitting be.
    I would not think it much for you, music every Sunday night,
    Punch upon the table, and, if you would drink it, wine,
    And, O King of Glory, may the road dry,
    Until I find the way to Ballylee.
    Of course there's also music that would be termed "Marches" one of most famous is Marcshlua uí Néill (The Cavalary March of the O'Neill's).

    Sean Ó Riada's version:


    This song actually provides a foundation for Horslips "Dearg Doom" (Celtic-Rock -- Dearg = Red eg. "Red Doom")


    My love is colder than black marble by the sea.
    My heart is older than the cold oak tree.
    I am the flash of silver in the sun.
    When you see me coming you had better
    Run...run...run...
    From Dearg Doom.

    You speak in whispers of the devils I have slain
    By the fire of my silver Devil’s Blade,
    And still you dare to flaunt yourself at me.
    I don't want you, I don't need you,
    I don't love you, can't you see

    I'm Dearg Doom.

    And when the stars go out
    You can hear me shout
    "Two heads are better than none,
    One hundred heads are so much better than one."

    I'm a boy who was born blind to pain
    And, like a hawk, I'll swoop and swoop again.
    I am the flash of hawkeye in the sun.
    When you see me coming you had
    Run...run...run...
    From Dearg Doom.
    I like Emm Gryner's version of Dearg Doom


    The song is about Cú Chulainn



    Cú Chulainn could basically "Hulk out" into what's known as a "warp spasm"


    The character Sláine in 2000AD (the comic book that gave us Judge Dredd) is heavily based on Cú Chulainn (though armed with an axe), and likewise can go into "Warp Spasm"
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    Since this thread was started by a fellow Virginia resident, I should tag the Irish Breakfast Band. One of the Russian folk ensembles my wife and I play in took turns with them (same venue, in the George Washington Masonic Memorial) for several hours during First Night in Alexandria, VA a few weeks ago. Our younger son used to sit in with them on mandolin, but it was close to ten years ago. http://www.irishbreakfastband.com/Index.html

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    ahh, it does not get better than this...I grew up with the intense Montreal Canadians vs Boston Bruins rivalry of the early 70's...both perennial Stanley Cup contenders...
    As a Hab fan in Boston/Toronto territory, I cant tell you how many fights I got in as a kid...well, until the growth spurt when I was around 15...just watching this makes me want to go to a bar and pick a fight with a bruins fan...the irony being, Boston is one of my 2nd fav. teams...oh well

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