|The Celtic music canon is one that is a broad as it is diverse splitting purists, academics, and music lovers alike in definition. One mans Celtic music is another mans folk music; one mans folk music is another mans world music. Still, this genre is widely acknowledged to have it roots firmly placed with the Celtic nationals of Northern Europe.
How the music of these nations (the Welsh, Cornish, Manx, Irish, Scottish, and Bretons) would have sounded is likely to remain an age old mystery as the music was created and performed without being written down instead relying on it being handed down through the generations.
Nevertheless instruments of the period; including the Button Accordion, Piano Accordion, Hammered Dulcimer, Mandolin, Citterns, Bouzoukis, Concertina Banjo, Guitars, Harp, Bodhrán, Fiddle, Flute Pennywhistle, Bagpipes and Uilleann Pipes, were, in general, portable leading to the music being able to be played wherever and whenever desired. Modern day artists, such as William Coulter, Mychael Danna, Bill Douglas, Peatbog Faeries, The Corrs, Bert Jansch, Tony McManus, Clannad and The Chieftains, have taken these traditions and help to give us an insight today of a popular form of music, as rich as the Celtic genre itself.
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