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30+ Outstanding Celtic Songs, Artists, and Music

Updated on April 20, 2016

If you are of Irish, Scottish, Welsh, or Gaelic descent, Celtic music is probably a part of your ancient heritage. Derived from stories passed down from generation to generation, Celtic music is folklore and poetry sung for entertainment. There are many divisions of Celtic music outside of the more commercial music done by artists such as Celtic Woman.

I hope you enjoy this collection of songs and artists. As always, bealtaine an ghaoth a bhí riamh ag do dhroim. (English translation: May the wind be ever at your back.)

30+ Outstanding Celtic Artists and Songs

1. Enaid & Einalem: "The Road to Camelot"

This is from the album Avalon: A Celtic Legend. This instrumental music has a very medieval sound to it that perfectly fits the theme of ancient legends.

2. Gaelic Storm: "Black is the Color," "Heart of the Ocean," "Nancy Whiskey," "Johnny Tarr," and "Johnny Jump Up"

Gaelic Storm is a beloved Celtic band from California. I've chosen five songs that I think are some of their best.

"Black is the Color" is one of the most beautiful, serene, and touching Celtic songs you will ever hear. It is rumored to be a song with origins in the USA's Appalachian mountains where there were many Celtic transplants. "Heart of the Ocean" is another beautiful love ballad with lovely Celtic overtones and rhythms.

In contrast, "Nancy Whiskey," "Johnny Jump Up," and "Johnny Tarr" are raucous and popular drinking songs that will get your feet stomping and your hands clapping.

3. Lark and Spur: "Down by the Sally Gardens"

"Down by the Sally Gardens" is a traditional Celtic tune about (what else?) love and love lost.

Lark and Spur is an Irish group that consists of Jeff Whiteley and Lori Decker. Their first performances were in the Metro tunnels and public squares of Paris and their tunes tend to be very melodic and soothing.

4. Irish Descendants: "Uncle Dan"

The Irish Descendants are my personal favorite band! Uncle Dan is a traditional drinking tune that is perfect for a round or two with your best mates.

Formed in the spring of 1990, The Irish Descendants have been a mainstay in Newfoundland and Canadian music for over two decades. They have remade many Celtic classics and fun drinking songs.

5. Orthodox Celts: "The Star of the County Down"

"The Star of the County Down" is a traditional Celtic tune and an outstanding example of the Celtic sound loved by people all over the world. The Orthodox Celts are a band from Serbia that is known throughout Europe for their Irish songs with a touch of rock.

6. Loreena McKennitt: "The Bonny Swans" and "Prologue"

McKennitt is probably the most widely known Celtic artist worldwide even though she is actually Canadian. Her career has spanned more than 20 years and she has won many awards for her music.

She recently starred as the narrator in Tinkerbell for which she wrote the theme music. With over ten CDs of original songs, McKennitt has a large volume of enjoyable work.

7. The Irish Rovers: "Drunken Sailor"

This is a classic drinking song, remade in 1968 from the famous "Sea Poem."

The Irish Rovers are a very established Irish and Canadian band with an extensive music collection. They have appeared on many TV shows in their 45 years together.

8. Celtic Thunder: "Amazing Grace"

Celtic Thunder is an all-male vocalist group from Dublin, Ireland who are accompanied full-time by the Celtic Concert Orchestra. They have seven albums to-date and have even performed privately for President Obama.

9. Enya: "May It Be," "The River Sings," and "Orinoco Flow"

Born in Ireland as Eithne Ní Bhraonáin, Enya began her musical career in 1980, when she briefly joined her family band (she is the sixth of nine children), Clannad, before leaving to perform solo. She did not realize great success until 1988 when her first album Watermark took off.

Today, Enya's music is popular worldwide. She produces all aspects of her music on her own including keyboards, vocals, and composition. To achieve her hallmark sound, she uses a technique called "layering" in which she records different instrument tracks and mixes them together. In Ireland, she is listed as the third highest paid entertainer. She is also an avid, self-proclaimed cat collector.

10. The Chieftains: "The Battle of Aughrim"

Founded in 1962, The Chieftains are considered to be the first established, commercial Irish band and are credited for making Celtic music popular worldwide. This band has played before popes and Chinese dignitaries.

11. The Corrs: "Joy of Life"

The Corrs is a modern Irish family band that writes Irish tunes such as this one as well as pop classics that are mixed with Celtic flair such as "So Young and Breathless." The band has been taking a break since 2006.

12. Cherish the Ladies: "Ballad of the Fox Hunter"

This is a great song if you are looking for authentic Celtic music. This is an all-female Celtic band from the United States. While not as widely known or commercial as some of the other artists, they do have a haunting authentic sound.

13. Seamus Egan: "I Will Remember You"

Born in Pennsylvania, Seamus Egan was once part of the Irish band Solas known for performing the soundtrack to The Brothers McMullen in 1995. Egan left Solas to pursue a solo career as a flutist. He is credited for writing the song "I Will Remember You" which is most famously sung by Sarah McLachlan.

14. Altan: "Harvest Storm"

Altan is an authentic Celtic band from Northern Ireland. This band offers the best of everything from upbeat jigs to powerful ballads.

15. Clannad: "I Will Find You"

This song is from the soundtrack to the film The Last of the Mohicans.

Clannad is an Irish band is composed of the brothers and sisters of Enya. Enya left this group in 1980 to pursue a solo career.

16. Lord of the Dance: "Cry of the Celts"

Irish-American Michael Flatley created this popular musical entitled Lord of the Dance which premiered in 1996. This music inspired an interest in Celtic music and in riverdance which is a combination of Irish step dance and other styles of dance.

17. Dougie MacLean: "Caledonia"

MacLean is one of the most popular artists of Scotland. His moving song "Caledonia" and melody "The Gael" have been recorded by hundreds of artists and enjoyed by millions worldwide.

18. Adrian von Zielger: "A Celtic Tale"

This composer from Switzerland writes great Celtic relaxation music with woodsy and gothic themes.

19. Celtic Woman: "Scarborough Fair"

Though they are a bit commericial, Celtic Woman is composed of some of Ireland's best female vocalists. They sing traditional old ballads as well as contemporary pop hits.

20. Dropkick Murphys: "Cadence to Arms"

This is a beloved Scottish anthem. The Dropkick Murphys add a rock twist to this ballad as well as to most of their other compositions.

21. Denez Prigent with Lisa Gerrard: "Gortoz a ran—J'attends"

The lyrics to this song are in Breton, a Celtic language from Brittany in France. This song became very popular when used by Hans Zimmer in the movie Blackhawk Down. It is a very, very moving song.

22. Tracey Hewat: "The Firelands"

This song has beautiful female vocals, and this artist is featured on the 2002 compilation, The Best Celtic Music.

23. James Horner: The Braveheart Soundtrack

This entire soundtrack is amazing and contains original scores from Queen as well as traditional Celtic tunes.

24. The Corries: "The Skye Boat Song"

The song tells the Scottish legend of how Prince Charles Edward Stuart escaped from the Jacobites in a small boat, disguised as a serving maid.

25. Joan McInnes: "Song for Ireland"

This is a traditional Irish song featured on the 2002 compilation, The Best of Celtic Music.

26. Frederic Weatherly: "Danny Boy"

This beautiful song is the unofficial adopted hymn of descendants of Irish immigrants living in the United States and Canada. Many famous artists have sung moving renditions of it and you can often catch references to it in pop culture.

27. Celtic Legends: "The Irish Washer Woman"

This is a catchy little jig that is a traditional song in Ireland and Scotland.

28. Eva Cassidy: "Danny Boy"

This is another rendition of that heart-rending ballad "Danny Boy" by an accomplished Celtic artist.

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      Vanessa Martinez Wilson 5 years ago from Vancouver, WA

      Thanks for the list! I absolutely love celtic music and I have The Clannad's entire collection. I see they're missing from you list, but they are outstanding, in fact, Enya is/was their lead singer. She's fabulous and her voice is amazing singing native celtic songs.

      Thanks again and voted up!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi there Vmartinez.. I LOVE this music and always have. It took me years to find the good stuff. Clannad is number 11. I appreciate you stopping by!

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      Vanessa Martinez Wilson 5 years ago from Vancouver, WA

      Sure enough, I'm not sure how I missed that! I missed Enya too. I feel silly now, but it was probably because your numbers skipped and I got confused! I'm going to have to listen to some Gaelic Storm, because I adore the soft tones and melodic beats.

      My favorite Clannad CD is The Legend, which is the Robin Hood Soundtrack, though I have 3 of their greatest hits that include songs from The Last of the Mohicans soundrack.

      Sorry for my silly confusion and I'll be listening to some of these groups. In fact, I'm going to put this as a favorite and start picking when I download some new CDs!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi VM,

      This page is a little too much. If I started over I think I would have done 2 separate hubs.. One on traditional and one on the drinking songs. I listen to the Last of the Mohicans almost daily. That theme song is the best song I have ever heard. It sounds Celtic, but it is rooted in English so I couldn't add it.

      Gaelic Storm is probably the best. The do many shows on PBS also. I hope you find some goodies for your collection!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      VM,

      Thank you for pointing out the numbering problem. I have fixed it.. Gee wiz.. No more Irish Whiskey for me when I am writing hubs.. LOL!

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      Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI

      I love Loreena Mckenit or however u spell her name lol. I love her take on the highway man. She is truly one talented women. Voted up.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you Cresentmoon! Loreena's talent is beyond this world. The Highway Man is one of her best. I was shocked to learn she was Canadian, but I think she is still legit. I love her song Dante's Prayer. I want that played at my funeral.. and Enya's Hope Has a Place.. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hey Cresentmoon, I added some of your Celtic links to this page because I think people would enjoy them and they are very inspiring!

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      Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI

      I actually did not know that she was Canadian, but she is still killed and her music is wonderful. Enya is also wonderful as well. Thank you for posting some of my links btw. I appreciate that.

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      American View 5 years ago from Plano, Texas

      I read your name for the first time in the comment section in a hub by Feenix. I came to check your writings and I am happy I did. This is a great article with a great list of songs.

      Many years back while tracing some of my family tree, I listend to some of this music and I was hooked. I cannot explain how I fell when I listen to it or how I fell about it. Kind of like when we were younger and listened to Led Zeplin for the first time.

      I saw in your article you like heavy metal as well. Check out a band called the Kildares, they are from the Dallas area in Texas and they are a Gaelic metal band, there older songs were more metal than now but I think you may like the sound.

      Up and awesome across the board. Look forward to reading more

      PS. went to a Celtic Woman concert, it's a beautiful show to see live

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      jenubouka 5 years ago

      What a great selection on Celtic music, I have to check funny for Drop Kick Murphy's they are a riot!

      Your hub has reminded of some great music to listen to, thanks for the links!

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      Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

      Beautiful suggestions! I know what I'm listening to today. Thanks for sharing with us. Voted up and useful and awesome. Oh, and thanks so much for the link! You're too sweet. :)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      American View,

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I have these same feelings of connectedness when I listen to this music. I am 1/4 Irish through my late Grandma. It is the part of me that keeps me in trouble.. It is a way I feel like I can honor her memory and impact on my life. I would LOVE a Celtic Woman concert.. How wonderful!

      I will definatley listen to the Kildares. I am ALWAYS looking for new music. I love the Celtic metal.. Ensefirum is awesome. I am working on a metal list and a 90's Alternative List.

      I will definatley check out your writings today. I can't keep up with you and Feenix and JT with the great political insight, but I love learning through you guys.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Jenubouka.. thank you for stopping by! I love the Dropkick Murphys.. The song Kiss My Irish Arse' is fabulous. If I feel blue, I will listen to the drinking songs and cheer up. The dry, sarcastic irish humor is hard to beat.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you Kitty.. It is always a pleasure to hear from you. You are welcome.. I think those who are inspired by this music are those who still believe in Fairies and will appreciate all the magic and celtic widsom you have to offer. :)

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ....yes I love the Dropkick Murphys too along with the Pogues, the Chieftains and the Clancy Brothers - love this most definitive hub list - it's such a wow!!!!! and a true labor of love by you which will be posted to my Facebook page with awe and admiration -with a direct link back here - and talking about a small world with Kitty the dreamer earlier - I once sat beside the lovely Loreena McKinnett at a concert back in the early 90's at a Massey Hall gig in Toronto featuring the Michael Nyman Band (who did the score for the film The Piano) - I believe she is from Stratford, Ontario

      lake erie time ontario canada 6:39pm you certainly know and love your music says epi-man the musicologist!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      You are an "Epi.. c" hubber my friend. I hope you have the best hubpage karma because you are such a kind person. You are the best! I need to check out the Pogues.. that is new to me. I can't believe you sat next to Lorenna.. how wonderful! What is her personality like? What a voice. Between you and Susan.. I am seriously thinking of moving to Canada with all the cool people.. Much love to you always!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Tammy, I have no clue about celtic music except for Enya's name. Since I might be cluless with celtic but I know an outstanding hub when I see one and this is my favorite hub of the day! The details, links, pictures and information all flow together and you got my vote and share!!!

      BTW..I'll move to Canada in a heartbeat but their winters are brutal, there are cool people in Orlando too, just saying!:)

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      Brian L. Powell 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas (Oak Cliff)

      Interesting. The only group I recognized was the Corrs. I like that group. I will be exploring the links you provided. In some ways Celtic culture is a whole new world to me.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hello Sunshine,

      This music is sooo beautiful. It is slightly related to folk and country. I would encourage you to listen Star of the County Down.. you many like it better than Keith Urban.. well its good, not sure if it is that good.. :)

      Orlando sounds appealing. Are you close to Disney? That would be a great retirement destination.

      Thank you for "shining" on my page!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Leroy,

      I am glad you have finally found Celtic music! There is nothing better for meditation and relaxation. I hope you enjoy it and please let me know if you find any here that you really fall for. Thanks for your visit!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Better than KU, that's impossible! My heart skips a beat just seeing his name!! :)

      We are 30 minutes from Disney. Us youngens forced the older folk more South, they couldn't keep up with our partying ways! Haha!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      MARVELOUS hub, and really enjoyed every bit of it. Fantastic videos. Celtic Music is so pure and beautiful. Voted UP and thank you!

      vocalcoach~

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, this was great, I didn't realise who Loreena was but I have loads of cds of her music, I have a friend who downloads them for me! lol! I listen to them but never realised who sang them! one thing I would like to add is that most people don't realise that the South of England was mainly celtic as well, for example Bodecea our greatest Celtic queen, came from the southeast of England, so most of the south down here is celtic. I love the music, I have it playing most nights, great stuff! cheers nell

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you Vocal Coach.. do you sing any Celtic tunes?

      Thank you too Nell. Very great info on Celts. I didn't realize that Southern England was Celtic to. This has been a wonderful learning hub!

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      Rachelle Williams 5 years ago from Tempe, AZ

      I absolutely adore Celtic Music, Clannad is one of my all time favorites, and I believe that everybody loves Enya.

      Thanks for sharing this informative hub.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Rachelle! Nice to meet you and I am glad you liked it. It is some of the best music in the world!

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      Rachelle Williams 5 years ago from Tempe, AZ

      Truly "I Will Find You" by Clannad is one of the most hauntingly beautiful songs I have ever heard.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I love it to Rachelle.. if you like this you need to hear "Requiem for a Dream" by Clint Mansell and the soundtrack to "The Last of the Mohicans" by James Horner. I loovvee these tunes. I will find you is so beautiful!

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      Moira Garcia Gallaga 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thanks for sharing this list Tammyswallow, I really love and enjoy listening to Celtic music. I have about a third of the songs listed in your hub, and they are definitely excellent choices. This means I need to start looking for the other ones on your list. One of my favorites is "Song for Ireland," truly beautiful. Of course, there's also "Danny Boy," my husband's favorite who could play it over and over again. He would sing that to our son when he was an infant to put him back to sleep when he would wake up in the middle of the night.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Moiragallaga,

      I am glad you enjoyed it. That is such a sweet story. I love this music because it is so relaxing and inspiring. I hope you enjoy them all. Thanks for your comment.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      i do enjoy celtic and celtic influenced music. There's a bar in Portland called Kell's that has celtic bands and, of course, celtic influenced punk groups like the dropkick murphys, flogging molly and the ballydowse are legit :-)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      PDX,

      That sounds wonderful! Have a pint there for me. I would love that. I must check out the Ballydowse. I am always looking for new music! Thank you.

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ...really love this one Tammy - back for more - and of course just an excuse to see you .......lake erie time 8:01pm

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hello there my favorite Hubber Epi! Anytime my friend whether it is my hub or yours! :)

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      The Ballydowse is hard to find. They were an obscure band on an obscure label, but I know they're on amazon. I'll surely have a pint for you. They also make one hell of a shepherds pie and amazing sweet potato fries

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      An unusual music hub -- I like very much that you provided a "listening center" as well as the videos. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much Alocsin! This is some of my favorite all time music. Thanks so much for reading and listening!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Alocsin. I hope you will give these songs a try. I appreciate your visit.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      I love celtic music. The purity of the tones and the rhythmic flow is so spiritual to me. I have several Cds and some of my favorites that I would play in my store would be the Chieftains. They ROCK!

      Voted up and across!...and shared!

      Lisa

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      chasmac 5 years ago from UK

      Great hub - very informative. I'd just like to mention my personal favourite - the Breton harpist/singer, Alan Stivell, especially his album - Renaissance of the Celtic harp.

      Thanks for the article - voted up.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Rusticliving. I love the sarcasm and dry humor of Celtic people. They have great tunes from drinking songs to relaxing music. I love it too. Thank you so much for reading!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Ohhh... thanks Chasmac. I will have to check that album out. I am always looking for great new tunes. Thank you so much!

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      How have I not seen this before now?! I HAVE to send this to my mother - she's ALL crazy over our heritage (Irish). She will love this page :)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Ardie! I hope she loves it. :)

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      "Gaelic Storm - Black is the Colour" - SUPERAWESOMENESS!!!!!!!!!!!

      I love this stuff, thanks!

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Beautiful images Tammy Bookmarking this for another read later.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Wesman Todd Shaw. That is one of my favorites too. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for your visit molometer!

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      bmukherjii 5 years ago

      You have created a great hub. I am sure it has taken several hours to research.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks bmukherjii! It didn't take to much because I have listened to these songs all my life. I am always searching for something new. Thanks for the comment and your visit!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are a writing machine. I can't keep up with your hubs and yet that is a weak excuse since I love your work. I happen to be a big fan of Celtic music and I'm sharing this right now before St. Patrick's Day is over. Great hub my friend!

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      John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Great hub.

      I belong to a music group and we have a few people of Irish background. They introduced me to Irish/Celtic style music and I did like it. I'm somewhat fickle and mostly like classical music, but I enjoyed what I heard.

      Voted interesting

      John

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a great reference hub! I enjoy Celtic music, and there are many new singers for me to explore on your list. Thank you very much for the listening center too. I will be visiting your hub several times to explore all it has to offer.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks billybuc. When you leave writing groups you can actually find the time to write. LOL. Thanks for reading and for your most awesome support.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Cool John Sarkis! Do you have any music anywhere to listen to? That is really need. Glad you enjoyed it!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for that AliciaC. I love it too. Glad you enjoyed it.

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      Jennifer Essary 5 years ago from Idaho

      It is great to know you've compiled an extensive list of Celtic music. I'm not very familiar with the artists but I do enjoy listening to it. Thank you for putting this together : )

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      Shinkicker 5 years ago from Scotland

      Many classics in there and I love the crossover with Americana. When you hear country and bluegrass you know where it all comes from. The Celtic Heritage crosses oceans.

      Thanks for the Hub Tammy.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Jennifer! These are great to listen to with some green beer. LOL. Thanks for your comment.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you Shinkicker. We love the Celtic Heritage here in the United States. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

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      molometer 5 years ago

      I remember the chieftains from when I was kid in London.

      The Irish rebel songs were always on the record player.

      I liked the way you laid out the different groupings of Celts, from Breton in the south to Scotland in the north and the Appalachian connections.

      The Irish in the middle and don't forget the Welsh and Cornish or we will never hear the end of it lol.

      Dolly Parton always says her music came from the Scots Irish of Appalachia.

      I can hear it when I listen to her guitar pickers.

      Great hub Tammy I learned something new and the images are stunning too.

      Voted up interesting useful and beautiful. SHARING

      Clannad are a great band.

      The second video was very good.

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Tammy....Just the other day my husband and I watched "Celtic Thunder" on PBS.....we were totally mesmorized...just glued to the set. Absolutely wonderful music. The songs by these fabulous Irish men were like heaven. I enjoyed this hub. Hope you had a wonderful St. Patrick's Day. UP +++

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Molometer! My apologies to the Welsh and Cornish. :) I am glad you enjoyed it and I appreciate you taking the time to read and share!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading and responding fpherj48. Celtic Thunder are great. I think Gaelic Storm is my favorite. These songs are comforting, soothing, and entertaining all at the same time. Hope you had a great St. Patrick's Day also and I appreciate your visit.

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      StellaSee 5 years ago from California

      Hi tammy! I love the Chieftains!! though I'm not sure if I've heard their Battle of Aughrim song..are most of the artists here on the more contemporary side? (because I don't know anyone else here besides Chieftains, Corrs Celtic Woman and Enya ) and I like more traditional-y sounding celtic music :)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading and commenting StellaSee. Gaelic Storm is an excellent contemporary band. They stay very true to the celtic traditional sounds. They are probably my favorite. They do a great version of Johnny Jump Up and the Heart of the Ocean. You might like them.

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Loved this Tammy, Celtic Thunder, May It Be, Lord of the Dance- all the ones familiar with and some new ones to discover. Perfect for a share with the followers!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much Alastar. I appreciate the share!

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Tammy... what a great hub of tradition Celtic music. Funny as I came across this I have the Celtic Women playing in the background. There is something in the music that stirs the soul each time I hear them and or many others. Thanks for sharing this with us... voted up and across the board.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much Rolly. There isn't a more comforting genre than Celtic Music. Thanks so much for visiting.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      I love Irish music. In fact I have some Celtic CD´s my husband and I bought when we were living in Ireland. Music of Enya, The Corrs and many others. Thanks for sharing this hub. Have a great day!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Thelma,

      Did you enjoy living in Ireland? I really, really want to go there and spend at least a month. Your experience there would make a wonderful hub. It is hard for anyone to not like this music. Thanks so much for sharing that! :)

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      watergeek 4 years ago

      I didn't realize Enya came from Clannad . . . though I don't know why not, since I used to get their sounds confused all the time (lol). Those are the only two Celtic groups I have CDs for right now, but I plan to get more. Thanks much for this list, tammyswallow.

      You might want to look at the hub I just wrote about water themes in music, although unfortunately I didn't include Celtic music.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      This is some of the best music ever written. Thanks for sharing your appreciation. I will check out your music hub too! Thanks for reading.

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      Claire 4 years ago

      Scarborough Fair is English, not Celtic (though I am aware about its connections with Scotland). I love Loreena and Celtic Women, great list.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Claire!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Came back to say Happy Birthday! voted up! and shared, nell

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      PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

      Happy Birthday, and this is a super great hub. I love this music---it makes my spirit float in another orbit it is so beautiful.

      Thanks for writing this for us.

      Bobbi

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much Nell. I appreciate that. All the wonderful Hubbers like you really made it a special birthday. :)

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      watergeek 4 years ago

      Had to come back and listen again :-)

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you PurvisBobbi. You are one of the kindest Hubbers on Hubpages. Thank you for the birthday wishes and for always being a gem. I appreciate it.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Good to see you again watergeek. I am glad you came back. :)

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      joymoy 4 years ago

      great topic. thanks for the new discovery! you sould also listen to beltaine, especially the album Rockhill. they are a polish group and stay my favorite

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      Salival 3 years ago

      Nice list....But how is "The Gael" not on here in fact it should be #1 IMO.

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      Tammy 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for the suggestion Salival. I must hear this!

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      joe o'joe 3 years ago

      thanks for this list.......was looking for some ideas for a st pattys day mix (am DJing)...Gaelic Storm is a big fav of mine and disappointed "Scalliwag" wasn't on the list, but I'll have a pint and forget me troubles ;-)

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Great list. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and shared.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I'm back for another visit and enjoying this again so very much. Thank you Tammy ~ Audrey

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      sujaya venkatesh 3 years ago

      good record tam

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Tammy: What a wonderful hub! I so enjoyed reading this and listening to the music. I love Celtic music and songs as I have a bit of Welsh in me. I didn't previously know about all these Celtic singers and music and this is a great catalog of Celtic music for me. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. And, Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      Love, Love, Love this. I am half Welsh myself and delve into the tales and legends and truth of Camelot on Bubblews. There be too many things and stories that collaborate that people just don't see. I may even put this link in those posts about Camelot and the players and the lives of those who lived then. Thanks for this hub! Just another link to that age and to this age as well.

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      This is BEAUTIFUL!!! How I LOVE Celtic music. Can listen for hours. It's inspiring and so uplifting. A WONDERFUL hub and great St. Patrick's Day gift, Tammy... Thank you!! UP+++ pinned

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      Boo McCourt 3 years ago from Washington MI

      Irish and Celtic music have always been my favorite. There are so many great artists. Thank you for the awesome links too. I listen to many of the artists you mentioned, many I will check out as I haven't heard of them. Magnificent hub!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Only two words needed here ; beautiful and brilliant.

      Voted up and shared also.

      Eddy.

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Tammy. I think this is the most comprehensive hub I have ever seen. Congratulations. I have saved it for my own entertainment in the future.

      voted up and all.

      Graham.

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      priya 11 months ago

      dear tammy...thank you ever so much for imparting such tremendous joy, to the point that it makes me cry when i listen to these grand compositions and such gargantuan talent!

      god bless.

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      Bluenoser 8 months ago

      This is a wonderful list and I enjoyed it immensely! I have been a big fan of Enya, Clannad, and Loreena McKennit for a long time. "I Will Find You" by Clannad is one of my favourites of all time! Not to mention the amazing "trad" tracks listed on here, too!

      I did notice a few snickers and/or shock towards Loreena McKennit being from Canada. Just respectfully chiming in here! Many parts of Canada are still quite culturally connected to the celtic world in music, folklore, and even accents. Nova Scotia for instance is home to the Celtic Colours festival on Cape Breton Island, one of the largest celtic music festivals in the world. The region has strong historic and cultural ties to Scotland, Nova Scotia meaning "New Scotland." Traditional music is very popular and it is not uncommon to find local ceilidhs in most small communities, and families that still come together to play traditional fiddle or pipe music during evenings. Nova Scotia is also the only place outside of the west coast of Europe where the Gaelic language is spoken (it is officially its own variant of Scots Gaelic, as it has been isolated for so long). I encourage you to look up the music of Natalie MacMaster, she finely represents traditional Cape Breton fiddle music and is popular worldwide. Also from Cape Breton is The Rankin Family...their song "Chi Mi Na Morbheanna" brings me to tears. The song was featured in the movie Margaret's Museum, with Helena Bonham Carter.

      No intent to undermine anyone, just spreading the word of the wonderful celtic music we have preserved and produced in Canada, including Loreena McKennit!

      Cheers from Halifax! :)

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      Don 8 months ago

      If you like Celtic and Gaelic music I suggest you listen to the album Fairich newly released by Scottish duo Whyte.

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