From: Ellen Rudd <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Tue, 24 Dec 1996 12:35:51 -0500
Subject: Re: New resurgence in Celtic Music.
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> I segued my interest into learning the Irish Celtic language through
music. I got (still am) frustrated because I couldn't understand the
I have found that Gaelic is not an easy language. I've been
studying it for several years and I've found that it really helps to have
several native speakers to converse with regularly. Particularly people
from different regions, because there are distinct spoken regional
dialects, not to mention the differences between Irish and Scots Gaelic.
There are numerous good textbooks on Gaelic. I also found that
reading the Gaelic bible was really helpful in learning. Like anything
else that one wants to learn, it just takes dedicated doing.
> Irish pipes are my favorite instrument (so beautifully mournful).
I am a fiddle player, although the small pipes are wonderful, I
always will remain a little biased.
> I saw the Chieftans life in concert in Indianapolis a couple of years
ago; an incredible,wonderful experience. Derek Bell was with them. Did
you know he is an accomplished pianist as well?
Derek plays several instruments quite well. It wouldn't surprise
me if he released a disc featuring himself playing the Northumbrian
pipes, the dulcimer, piano and celtic harp SIMULTANEOUSLY, whilst downing
pints of Guinness, singing songs and telling wild stories :)
> And, I know Enya is "new age", but some of her stuff is wonderful,
too, and I especially appreciate her because I play the piano and her
music is published so that I can play it.
That's interesting, because the music industry likes to have
convenient categories for different genres of music. It makes business
run smoother and allows them to plan more efficient marketing strategies.
Though this may be the reality, I believe that some "celtic"
music doesn't always easily fall into neat categories.
What is it when a celtic women like Enya makes music with
synthesizers and "new" instruments? Does it go in the "World Music" bin
or the "New Age" bin?
I propose that all record stores create a separate bin called
Goltraighe (the musical evocation to valour or tears), put all the discs
in there, and solve this perplexing question :)
Athbhliain faoi Mhaise Daoibh
Toby A. Rider