Re: "good" Celtic music
- What�s good Celtic music? First of all, what is good music?
That question is essentially subjective, and allows for music
that caters to different tastes to be good even when I don�t
personally like it <G>.
So what�s good Celtic music? What�s �Celtic�? Celtic can be
considered as a body of inherited material with an accompanying
inherited style, or as a linked body of related regional genres,
or as a heritage of culture, style and essential spirit. Celtic
can be a narrow focus or a broad inspiration. An individual
knotwork pattern can be (and often is) the work of one of
today�s Celtic-style artists; it doesn�t have to be replicated
from the Book of Kells to be true to the style. Only let the
contemporary artist be positively inspired by that heritage,
rather than reacting against it; let the tradition be honoured
and respected even as it grows and is transformed.
There must have been a point when the clairseach and the
uillean pipe were newfangled things to be viewed with suspicion
by the purists of their day. How much poorer we would be now if
the voice of an exclusionary traditionalism had prevailed then.
I was raised around folk music, mostly British Isles, and
have been performing as a vocalist since I was 16 � thirty years
ago now. My tastes have grown more inclusive than exclusive as
time passes, and much of my current repertoire was written by
American artists who are still alive � yet the style is still
traditional and the intent is timeless. And as Diana said, let
the music be harmonious and carry the emotions between the
performer and the audience � this is, for me, the heart of the
tradition, the compact fulfilled between performer and listener.
A Celtic bard expressed in music, on behalf of his (or her)
people, their beliefs and ideals and hopes and feelings. It
was, and is, a sacred trust and an enchanting privilege.
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