The term 'Celtic Music' is a rather loose one but principally it coves the traditional music of the Celtic countries - Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany (in France), Galicia (in Spain) and areas which have come under their influence, such as the US and the maritime provinces of Canada. The term is sometimes controversial. For starters, the Celts as an identifiable race are long gone, there are strong differences between traditional music in the different countries, and many of the similarities are due to more recent influences. There is also the notion that 'Celtic' implies Celtic mysticism and a particular influence in new-age music which has little to do with traditional music. In general, the strongest connections are between Irish and Scottish tradition whilst contemporary Breton musicians will experiment with a derivative of Bretton, Irish and Scottish music. In Canada and the U.S, the traditions are much more mixed, and it is there that the term 'Celtic' is most used, though it is also true that many groups from particular Celtic regions play the music of another region too. Even a term such as 'Irish traditional music' is a lumping together of many different styles, from the raw, Scottish-tinged music of Donegal to the lyrical, easy-going style of Clare and many other regional styles that are only partly compatible. Nonetheless, the music as a genre is worthy of it's international appeal beyond the borders of the Celtic countries and it's place in any world music library. The 'Orient, France, Festival Interceltique is a celebration of traditional and contemporary music and undoubtedly one of the best live concerts of the year.
Artists Performing Live Include: - Alan Stivell - Rory Gallagher - Tri Yann - The Christians - Cherish the Ladies - Jacques Pellen - Dan Ar Braz - The Chieftains - Martyn Bennett - Arre Youank - The Brothers Morvan - Denez Prigent