In Portugal there are a couple now, picking traditional folk songs and music as if the traditional Portuguese bagpipes were a proof that the songs had a Celtic origin.
The thing is that we don’t know if the traditional Portuguese (and Spanish) bagpipes have a Celtic origin. I don’t even think that we can trace sources previous to the Middle Ages. But I would like to hear some other opinions here.
This genre of music is my personal favorite. I especially enjoy traditional hymns done in Celtic/Irish/Scottish style.
An interesting note: I find that many music sources will lump Celtic into the genre called New Age. That is a mis-categorization as I see it. The Celtic style is really 'Old Age' if there was such a category.
The bagpipes have two curious characteristics that are or can be misleading:
One is that they are often associated with Scotland, forgetting that other areas of Europe that also have the bagpipes in their traditional culture.
Other is that they are associated with the Celtic culture: And as far as I know, we don’t know if that is true; but this probably misconception may be a consequence of what I stated in the previous paragraph, ie, due the association between Scotland and the Celts.
Exactly, I also have doubts that the bagpipe is from Scotland, and about the Celtic connection/origin.
By the way, thanks for the Wikipedia link, I confess that I didn’t knew that they were also used in the North of Africa and Western Asia, which at first sight seems to reinforce my doubts about the Celtic connection; as it mentioned here, in this part: Bagpipes - Wikipedia