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Independent Celtic Music

Referring to the regions of Great Britain specifically outside England, celtic music encompasses the folk music of Ireland and Scotland (plus the outlying areas of Wales and Cornwall), distinguished by stringed instruments, fiddles and pipes. It is a term that covers both classic, traditional folk and contemporary Celtic music, which often combines the instrumentation of the genre with ambient New Age production and spirituality.




Irish traditional music.

Eli Bissonett

Minnesota violinist playing Celtic, classical and contemporary melodies.

The Blessed Blend

Blended American Native and Celtic sounds

The Gaels

Minnesota Celtic music.

Paul Imholte

Blends country hoedowns, enchanting Celtic melodies, classical transcriptions for folk instruments, humorous songs, and treasured ballads.

Paul Kyle

Christian Celtic music.

McInnis' Kitchen

A mix of traditional dance tunes and folk songs that are Irish, Scottish, and French-Canadian in origin and are influenced by regions like Newfoundland, Cape Breton and New England.

Northwind Crossing

Traditional and original Celtic music with a Christian flavor.

Peter Ostroushko

Award-winning fiddle and mandolin player playing folk, roots, celtic, jazz, new age, and classical music.

Sue Spencer

Duluth, Minnesota Celtic singer/songwriter and member of Willowgreen.


Traditional and contemporary music from Ireland, Newfoundland, Scotland and other parts of the "Celtic" world.

Wood's Tea Company

Acoustic group that performs fiery Celtic tunes, bluegrass, sea shanties, and American folk songs.

More superficially the term 'Celtic' has come to apply to an easy-listening, 'mood' music with dreamy, non-specific but Irish/Scots flavor, marketed as 'relaxing', 'evocative', etc. Yet celtic music, as with other musical styles, has grown and expanded.

In the early 1980's, celtic music took a new direction. Enya and Clannad introduced a new sound that is now known as Celtic New Age. This style of celtic music is largely based more around synthesizers and heavy effects. It attempts to capture the "feel" of "celtic music". Clannad was followed by Loreena McKennit, Sara McLaughlin and many more artists.

Celtic Rock began with the formation of the Scottish band Runrig who combined Scots Gaelic in a modern rock band. They were the first successful band to do so, and their success spawned countless imitators. In general, most Celtic Rock bands combine their sound with some traditional Celtic sound whether that be instrumentation (such as fiddle andbagpipes) or vocal (singing in Gaelic).

Independent Music From Independent Bands and Musicians

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