Celtic music means two things mainly. The first: the music of the peoples calling themselves Celts (a non-musical, more political definition), as opposed to, say, “French music” or “English music.” The second: whatever qualities may be unique to the musics of the Celtic Nations (a musical definition). Some insist there is actually nothing in common, such as Geoff Wallis and Sue Wilson in their book ‘The Rough Guide to Irish Music’, whereas others (such as Alan Stivell), say there is.
Often, the term Celtic music is applied to the music of Ireland and Scotland, because both places have produced well-known distinctive styles which actually have genuine commonality and clear mutual influences; however, it is notable that Irish and Scottish traditional musicians themselves avoid the term “Celtic music,” except when forced by the necessities of the market. They are famous too because of the importance of Irish and Scottish people in the English speaking world, especially in America, where it had a profound impact on American music, particularly bluegrass and country music. The music of Wales, Cornwall, Isle of Man, Brittany, Galicia, Cantabria and Asturias and Northern Portugal are also a part of Celtic music, the Celtic tradition being particularly strong in Brittany, where Celtic festivals large and small take place throughout the year, and in Wales where the ancient eisteddfod tradition still occurs. Additionally, the musics of ethnically Celtic peoples abroad are vibrant, especially in Canada and the United States.
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