> If you ask me, the current wave started around the time that Clannad
> doing soundtracks, rather than songs from the Donegal tradition around
> The whole 'Robin the Hooded Man' thing was typical in that it contained
> musical mush, visuals with *far* too much dry ice, and hints at paganism
> just because it made the whole thing 'more romantic'.
..and started using those 'traditional' 'celtic' synthesisers
and computer samples to give that 'authentic', 'mystical'
'celtic' feel. In fact, some otherwise quite good recordings have
been destroyed by the addition of synthesiser 'wash' (authentic
celtic, of course). The problem with the sound is that it will
probably sound very dated around 2002 - we'll probably have
a flood of remastered CDs minus the wash at budget price then.
Of course, most of this genre is rubbish anyway - you know the
type: former 70s/80s rock star discovers his/her roots and releases
a 'Celtic' album. It doesn't even fall into the category of elevator
music (at least Enya can be played in elevators & supermarket