Here are some links to excellent Celtic music
resources. Feel free to email me with more links, if you think I've
missed something, or have any good links you think I should include.
For Bagpiping and Highland wear links, try my Bagpiping
For links specific to the fiddle or Celtic fiddling, try my Celtic
For costuming links, or information on period clothing, try my Costuming
If you're in the D.C. area and want to hear a great Irish
session, come to Nanny
on Monday nights.
For entertainers and pubs around the rest of the U.S., try IrishUSA.com
maintains a list of events, concerts, and workshops in the Washington,
For my Texas friends, the Texas
Celtic Music Network
maintains a page keeping track of
Highland Games and Celtic Festivals around the world.
The website U. S.
also maintains great listings of the Scottish and Celtic
around the U.S.
For Canada, specifically the Atlantic coast, try Celtic Relics
Here are a few of the Celtic festivals I try to regularly attend:
Celtic Music on the Radio and in the Media:
Name and Link
Southern Maryland Celtic Festival
Highland Games and Scottish Festival
Mountain Highland Games
|The Celtic Classic
Arundel Scottish Festival and Highland Games
Richmond Highland Games and Celtic Festival
There's always Thistle and Shamrock
, on most NPR stations.
For a general source on Cape Breton music, try Cape Breton Online
For listening online, there's Celtic Grove radio
For those in the D.C./Baltimore area, there's Mary Cliff's radio show, Traditions
also maintains a wonderful and comprehensive list of the performances
of folk music and dance in the Capital area.
Online Celtic Music Catalogues:
There are a number of places to get Celtic music CDs online. One
is Celtic Grooves Imports
. Another is Maggie's Music
seems to specialize in music from the D.C./Baltimore area. A
is the Goosetracks Catalog
, operated by my good friends
Maggie Drennon Band. Finally, there's Bandstore
independant artists can sell their own CDs.
Celtic and Folk Bands:
Here are a few of the bands I follow, or used to...
Musical Instrument & Music Suppliers:
I've left off bagpipe makers and outfitters, those
will be listed in my Bagpipe Links
The Celtic music store where I get most of my instruments,
gear, and sheet music is the Lark in the Morning. When they say of an
instrument "great sound at a bargain price", they mean it. They
deal in ethnic instruments from around the world, not just Celtic, and
are just a wonderful place to window-shop.
Locally, I turn to the House of Musical Traditions
in Takoma Park, MD. They also have links to music teachers in the
D.C. area, and sponsor the Takoma Park street festivals, which are
wonderful places to see all kinds of music.
- the best Irish superband out there.
|Battlefield Band - Part of the troika of Scottish
|Blarney Brothers - just a bunch of fun guys in
|Carbon Leaf - not Celtic, but definitely with a
|Hanneke Cassel - one of the great fiddlers in
Muse - Several women, one voice. R.I.P. Maggie Drennon went on to
SixMileBridge and now her own band.
|The Chieftains - the best-known Irish band in the
|Clandestine - my favorite band in the world, R.I.P.
- awe-inspiring Celtic new age.
|Maggie Drennon Band - great rock with a Celtic
Bhoys - Celtic rock from Canada!
- three lovely lady fiddlers and a guy on guitar.
|Jen Hamel used to be the lead singer in
Clandestine. Now she sings solo, or with her new folk band Mosby.
|Jiggernaut - a great modern Celtic fusion band.
|Moch Pryderi - a fun little Welsh music ensemble.
- progressive Celtic music from Scotland.
|SixMileBridge - a great Celtic rock band, R.I.P.
Now the Maggie Drennon Band
|Solas - the biggest Irish band from America.
|The Tannahill Weavers
- the 900lb gorilla of Scottish music.
|E.J. Jones used to thrill us with his pipes in
Clandestine. Now he does it in the Willow Band.
|And more soon...
Another well-stocked site is Song of the Sea
. Another is Celtic Fire, Ltd
For guitars (acoustic, electric, 12-string), mandolins, stage gear,
and everything you might need that isn't necessarily Celtic, try Musician's
Instruction and advice:
If you're in the D.C. area and are interested in Scottish Fiddle,
there's no better place to go than the Washington
Conservatory of Music
, where Elke Baker, my instrucor, teaches.
For the Irish flute, try the Irish
Flute Guide Home Page
has a lot of good information for the tinwhistle. Another
good source is Whistletutor.com
, run by Sean Cunningham, the
former flautist, whistler, and piper for SixMileBridge. Here's
, maintained by the McTeggart Irish Dance schoo.
And don't forget The Sessioneer
, which maintains a tinwhistle tutor
For those interested in Celtic
, here's a page for you.
produces online lessons for whistle, Uilleann pipes,
flute, Irish fiddle, bodhrán, accordian, and banjo.
For information on the Irish Bouzouki, try Han's
For information about the Cittern, especially its early roots, try the Renaissance
Increasingly, folk musicians are using a music format called abc, which
allows notation of music in ASCII text format, making it easy to send
tunes through email, and keep large libraries of tunes on very little
disk space. I use this format for most of my music storage.
- maintained by Chris Walshaw, creator of the format.
Also includes lots of abc-related links, including a tutorial.
- Perhaps the best abc reader I've seen, Phil Taylor's
shareware software Barfly is only for the Mac, for now.
also has some abc-friendly utilities.
The CERL Sound
makes Lime, another useful piece of music notation software
for PC and Mac.
Tune & Song Collections:
The abc homepage tune collections section
good source for files with numerous tunes.
The abc tune finder
- a search engine maintained
by John Chambers that scours the web for tunes in abc format.
is a very
useful Celtic music resource, and they maintain a tune archive here
Both The Session
maintain great tune archives, mostly of Irish music.
Also you can check out
for more. Or Bruce
. And there's Paul
's site. Or
Or another site here
. Or here
The Pub Scouts
, a large Ceilidh band from Chico,
CA, maintaines tune archives as well.
is a great source for folk
tunes from all over Europe. So does Heinrik
also keeps some tune manuscripts.
Some free sheet music, for any number of genres, is available at Musica Viva
prints sheet music and books on any number of Celtic, Scottish, and
specializes in fiddle music from Cape Breton, Ireland,
also have released some tunes in abc format
from the books they publish.
For Celtic songs, one place to look is the Celtic Lyrics
another source for traditional Irish songs (the main page is in
is an excellent resource for Celtic songs.
from the Marianas Trench
is another great site for the folk music
of Britain, Ireland, and America.
If you're looking for traditional Scottish songs in MIDI with lyrics,
. Or here
. Or here
Gaelic Resources and Dictionaries:
etymological dictionary of (Scottish) Gaelic.
A more universal Gaelic dictionary
engine, including Irish, Gallic, and Manx dictionaries.
Gaelic Languages Info
The Celtic Names of the British Isles
has Gaelic lessons, along with a lot of other information.
Also, Language Quest sells a Gaelic tutor package called Irish Now!
General Music Theory:
For a simple primer on music theory, try Gary
Ewer's Easy Music Theory
Here are another couple of sites on musical modes, which come up a lot
in Celtic music: Site 1 Site 2 Site 3
Also useful is Thomas Hightower's The
Creation of the Musical Scales
And how about the Anatomy
of the Octave
For those of you looking for a chord generator for fretted instruments,
try this site