For the discussion and Appreciation of Celtic Folk Music

Salah

Forum Staff
Oct 2009
23,284
Maryland
#11
Cuchulainn's Last Battle...

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBPRWEpvc-k]YouTube - cuChulainn's Last Battle by Brian Dunning and Jeff Johnson[/ame]
 

olly

Ad Honorem
Feb 2011
2,268
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#12
ok so lets get a little background here on irish musical roots, lets mention one of the worlds most basic of instruments..

The History Of The Fiddle

Although the fiddle was established in Irish traditional music before the Uilleann Pipes, the references to its predecessors do not date back as far as those of the pipes. Bowed instruments appear in numerous European carvings and illustrations dating from around 900 A.D. However, the interpretation of these carvings is difficult and the names given for the instruments differ and overlap in texts. The term 'fiddle' itself is somewhat general; it was originally the term for a twelfth century instrument, which was constructed of flat boards for the top, back and sides. This original 'fiddle' developed into the litre da braccio, the most significant predecessor of the violin. The term was later adopted for any member of the classical strings family, but has become particularly associated with the violin in the context of traditional music in Europe and America... read on
 
Oct 2010
6,502
Éire
#14
ok so lets get a little background here on irish musical roots, lets mention one of the worlds most basic of instruments..

The History Of The Fiddle

Although the fiddle was established in Irish traditional music before the Uilleann Pipes, the references to its predecessors do not date back as far as those of the pipes. Bowed instruments appear in numerous European carvings and illustrations dating from around 900 A.D. However, the interpretation of these carvings is difficult and the names given for the instruments differ and overlap in texts. The term 'fiddle' itself is somewhat general; it was originally the term for a twelfth century instrument, which was constructed of flat boards for the top, back and sides. This original 'fiddle' developed into the litre da braccio, the most significant predecessor of the violin. The term was later adopted for any member of the classical strings family, but has become particularly associated with the violin in the context of traditional music in Europe and America... read on

That's a nice touch olly.

[ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tin_whistle]Tin whistle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]
[ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banjo]Banjo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]
 
Oct 2009
831
Ontario, Canada
#19
My favourite group has to be The Wolfe Tones, politics aside. I think they had the best vocal harmonies.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORifieiZiP4&feature=related"]YouTube - The Wolfe Tones - Come Out Ye Black And Tans[/ame]

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXyv1TW4R4A"]YouTube - The Wolfe Tones - The Streets Of New York[/ame]
 

olly

Ad Honorem
Feb 2011
2,268
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#20
I like the softer, more traditional approach..

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=328wZ5jo_G8&feature=related"]YouTube - The Black Bird[/ame]

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTdRmBAOpNo&feature=related"]YouTube - Michael O'Gorman's - The Bothy Band 1976[/ame]

The Uilleann Pipes

The uilleann pipes (pronounced, as near as English orthography allows, 'illyun' - not 'yooleeun' as many would have it) are an Irish development of an instrument which is found in many versions throughout the world: Groves' Dictionary of Musical Instruments lists seventy different types of bagpipe. the uilleann pipes are generally thought to have evolved from the old Irish war-pipes (which were somewhat similar to the Scottish pipes) about the beginning of the 18th century. Their distinguishing characteristics are: a bag filled by a bellows, not a blow pipe; a chanter or melody pipe which gives a two-octave range; and the addition of regulators which can be used for accompanying the melody. The present full set of pipes comprises bag, bellows, chanter, drones and regulators. source
 
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