Rooted in the folk heritage of western Europe, the organic nature of Celtic music is empowered by its oral and aural traditions, flourishing with each new generation.
From the more familiar Irish and Scottish forms to its Breton and Galician/Asturian interpretations, Celtic music has traversed the globe, reaching a truly international audience.
A wider net
The ‘Celtic Fringe’ is comprised of six territories: Scotland (Alba), Ireland (Éire), Wales (Cymru), Cornwall (Kernow), Isle of Man (Ellan Vannin) and Brittany (Breizh), where a Celtic language is spoken in each. However, historical Celtic incursion into large areas of Europe left its legacy across north-western Iberia ─ particularly in Galicia, northern Portugal and Asturias (Gallaecia and Astures) ─ leaving regions there to be considered Celtic nations, albeit without a Celtic language in popular contemporary usage.
But Celtic culture and tradition remains ingrained in the entire diaspora; not only in Europe, but in North America, Canada and Scandinavia, too, where its influences have informed indigenous musical expression from bluegrass to ‘Nordgrass’.
Now, with a respectful ear to the past and an eye on the future, celticsounds.net will endeavour to escort you on a musical journey into a new age of Celtic music.
So sit back, relax, and release your inner Celt.