Celtic Artists 1 + 351 - 59 Why is this #1? The Dubliners Folk music of Ireland, Irish rebel music ; 2 + 294 - 57 Why is this #2? The Chieftains Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music ; 3 + 571 - 191 Why is this #3? Irish flute The term Irish Flute (Irish: fliúít Gaelach) or "Scottish Flute" (in a Scottish setting) refers to a conical-bore, simple-system wooden flute of the type favoured by classical flautists of the early 19th century, or to a flute of modern manufacture derived from this design (often with modifications to optimize its use in Irish Traditional Music or Scottish Traditional Music). The vast majority of traditional Irish flute players use a wooden, simple-system flute. Although it was, and is, played in every county in Ireland, the flute has a very strong heartland in the mid-western counties of Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon, with South Fermanagh, East Galway, Clare and West Limerick also having a reputation. §Physical characteristics The flute has six main finger-holes. Wooden flutes have a cylindrical bore in the head and a conical bore in the body. There is some confusion with modern players in that a modern Boehm keyed system flute is typically pitched in C. Rolls Cranns
Celtic Woman Albums The release of the second album, Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration, on 19 October 2006 knocked their first album to the #2 spot on the World Music chart. In preparation for their third studio album, Celtic Woman performed at Slane Castle in County Meath, Ireland, on 23 and 24 August 2006, with this show airing on PBS during December 2006. The studio album, titled Celtic Woman: A New Journey, was released on 30 January 2007. A fourth album, Celtic Woman: The Greatest Journey, was released in 28 October 2008. The group recently released their sixth album, Lullaby, available through PBS pledge or the QVC shopping website. On February 15, 2011, it was released by other major retailers as a limited edition album. On October 9, 2012, the group released its second worldwide Christmas album "Home for Christmas". In July 2013, Celtic Woman released a promotional video on its YouTube channel for a new PBS special, due to be screened in early 2014. Tours See also
Folk music of Ireland Traditional music sessions are commonplace in public houses throughout Ireland The folk music of Ireland (also known as Irish traditional music, Irish trad, Irish folk music, and other variants) is the generic term for music that has been created in various genres in Ireland. Irish traditional music has survived more strongly against the forces of cinema, radio and the mass media than the indigenous folk music of most European countries. Music for singing Like all traditional music, Irish folk music has changed slowly. Unaccompanied vocals are called sean nós ("in the old style") and are considered the ultimate expression of traditional singing. Non-sean-nós traditional singing, even when accompaniment is used, uses patterns of ornamentation and melodic freedom derived from sean-nós singing, and, generally, a similar voice placement. Caoineadh Songs Caoineadh/kˠi:nʲɪ/ is Irish for a lament, a song which is typified by lyrics which stress sorrow and pain. Music for dancing
Northumbrian Smallpipes, Pipes used in Traditional Celtic Music at Celtic-Instruments.com Northumberland County, or Northumbria, is located at the northeast corner of England, and shares its northern border with Scotland. Northumberland is also the native region for the pipes which bear its name, the Northumbrian smallpipes (the name is sometimes abbreviated to NSP). All the drones on the Northumbrian smallpipes are mounted in a common stock, and the pipes are bellows-blown. The NSP are unique among British Isles bagpipes in having a closed-end chanter. Evolution and the Northumbrians There are no historical traces of bellows-driven pipes prior to the 16th century, so it is likely that they were invented around the middle of that century, the first models probably being imported from Germany. Throughout most of the 18th century, the basic design and functionality of both Border pipes and Northumbrian smallpipes did not make much progress. Reids to the Rescue Modern Modifications In 1983, however, the evolutionary path of the Northumbrian smallpipes took a sudden left turn.
Flogging Molly History Early years In 1993, King met guitarist Ted Hutt, bassist Jeff Peters, and fiddle player Bridget Regan and put together a rock band with a Celtic feel. They began to play a mix of Irish traditional and rock. Putting Dave's poetic lyrics to rocking melodies, they played at a Los Angeles pub called Molly Malone's weekly building a small but loyal following. Together they wrote songs such as Black Friday Rule and Devil's Dance Floor, which was the beginning of Flogging Molly's unique sound. They continued a routine of playing every Monday night at Molly Malone's. Career Dave King performing live in Budapest - 2011 Musical style Flogging Molly's music is influenced by artists such as The Dubliners, The Pogues, Horslips, Johnny Cash, and The Clash. Members Discography References External links
African Music - Music of Africa By Espie Estrella African Music Africa is a continent where a rich and diverse cultural heritage exists; hundreds of different languages are spoken in Africa. Musical Instruments The drum, played either by hand or by using sticks, is an important musical instrument in African culture. They use drums as a means of communication, in fact, much of their history and culture have been passed on for generations through music. The variety of musical instruments is as diverse as their culture. Singing and Dancing A singing technique called "call and response" is evident in African vocal music. continue reading below our video Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% This technique is still very much used in today's music, for example in gospel music. Dancing requires the movement of various body parts in time to the rhythm. For more information on African music visit our Go Africa website.
Ludwig van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven ( i/ˈlʊdvɪɡ væn ˈbeɪ.toʊvən/; German: [ˈluːtvɪç fan ˈbeːt.hoːfən] ( Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and Christian Gottlob Neefe. Biography Background and early life Prince-Elector's Palace (Kurfürstliches Schloss) in Bonn, where the Beethoven family had been active since the 1730s Beethoven was born of this marriage in Bonn. Beethoven's first music teacher was his father. A portrait of the 13-year-old Beethoven by an unknown Bonn master (c. 1783) Maximilian Frederick's successor as the Elector of Bonn was Maximilian Franz, the youngest son of Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, and he brought notable changes to Bonn. In March 1787 Beethoven traveled to Vienna (possibly at another's expense) for the first time, apparently in the hope of studying with Mozart. Establishing his career in Vienna Musical maturity
The Chieftains The Chieftains are a traditional Irish band formed in Dublin in November 1962, by Paddy Moloney, Sean Potts and Michael Tubridy. The band had their first rehearsals at Moloney's house, with Tubridy, Martin Fay and David Fallon. Their sound, which is almost entirely instrumental and largely built around uilleann pipes, has become synonymous with traditional Irish music and they are regarded as having helped popularise Irish music across the world. Paddy Moloney came out of Ceoltóirí Chualann, a group of musicians who specialised in instrumentals, and sought to form a new band. The group remained only semi-professional up until the 1970s, by then they had achieved great success in Ireland and the United Kingdom. Name Career In 2012, they celebrated their 50th anniversary with an ambitious album and tour. Collaborations Paddy Moloney pictured with Bob Dylan, who is a fan of the band's work. Performed with Canadian astronaut Cmdr. Success and legacy Dr. Personnel
Uilleann Pipes, Chanters, Practice Pipes at Celtic-Instruments.com Traditional Celtic Music Uilleann pipes (pronounced ill-in) are a variety of bellows-blown bagpipes that is unique to Ireland. The word Uilleann is Irish for elbow, referring to the method used to play bellows-driven pipes. To fill the bag with air, the piper compresses the bellows by squeezing them between elbow and ribs. These pipes have many aliases, including elbow pipes, union pipes, and Irish pipes. Uilleanns—like Northumbrian smallpipes, Scottish smallpipes, and Border pipes—are quiet enough to be played indoors, unlike their mouth-blown cousins the Great Highland Bagpipes and Irish warpipes, which are for outdoor use only. Of the more than 200 types of bagpipes found across the globe, Uilleann pipes have earned a reputation as the most complex (and difficult to play) of all. Historical Notes At specific points in time, the history of the Uilleann pipes has moved in tandem with that of the Celtic harp. That Sweet Second Octave This range, however, causes a few problems of its own. The Bellows. The Bag.
Pipes: Uilleann, Great Highland Bagpipes, Northumbrian, Scottish Smallpipes, Border Pipes, in Traditional Irish & Celtic Music Like many Celtic instruments, pipes are known by many names and come in a multitude of flavors. There are Great Highland Bagpipes, Irish Warpipes, Uilleann Pipes, Union Pipes, Northumbrian Smallpipes, Scottish Smallpipes, Chuisleann Pipes, Border Pipes, Lowland Pipes, Irish Pipes, pastoral pipes, shuttle pipes, elbow pipes, parlor pipes, and even kitchen pipes. Lest all of this get too confusing, it's possible to quickly boil all of these varieties down into two main categories, based on the method used to fill the instrument's bag with air: mouth-blown pipes, which must be played outdoors (unless you live in an airplane hangar), and bellows-blown pipes, which are quiet enough to be played indoors. Regardless of the type of instrument being played, the principles of piping remain the same. Mouth-Blown Pipes When most of us think of bagpipes, the Great Highland Bagpipe, played by a kilt-wearing Scot, is the sound and image that immediately springs to mind. Northumbrian Smallpipes.