I've noticed a great resurgence of interest in celtic music here
in the United States in approximately the past 5 years.
Although one can hear the celtic influence in the folk music of
the Carolinas, Kentucky, and Tennessee (ie: modal compositions, reels,
jigs and strathspeys) which is due to the heavy immigration of Irish and
Scottish into the region. Celtic music in its "original" form has
developed quite a following.
There are also a number of successful "new-age" artists from
Ireland, Scotland, Canada and the U.S. creating music which is "celtic in
spirit" while utilizing new musical technology and non-traditional
In a recent interview, Derek Bell, Grammy-winning celtic harpist
and former member of The Chieftains, remarked that he believes the
interest in Celtic music stems from it's ability to "evoke collective
memories of ancient cultures and events". A rather deep explanation.
So I submit to you, why do you think Celtic music has recently
become so popular?
Peace Be With You,
T. Arnold Rider