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A genre of traditional folk music from Ireland, Scotland, Bretagne (France) or Galicia (Spain).

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Why does this major-key folk song sound sad?

This is an old Scottish folk song. Why does it sound so sad, even though it is in a major key, and doesn't use any of the typical tricks songwriters use to make major keys sound sad (i.e. IV-iv-I)?
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How to identify chord a progression from sheet music

I’m a beginner-intermediate harmonica player. I live in a country where Celtic music is very popular and a lot of my friends and family play along with each other. The problem is very few of them know ...
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How would one research standards for English tempo descriptions in BPM ca. 1900?

I am transcribing a songbook of Celtic folk tunes compiled in 1928 and generating MIDI from the transcription so that I can learn them by ear. The book is filled with tempos like: Flowing and not too ...
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How are sets of tunes, jigs, and reels named

How are sets of tunes, jigs, and reels named? In my experience I have observed that sets on CD albums tend to share the same name as the starting tune. Since session playing can create a set that is ...
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Does the old Druid song, Les Series, have an ancient melody as Villemarque charted it?

This may be too long and specialized for many, but I'll put it up and see what kind of interest or reaction there is: Some of you may have heard of the old Druid number tutorial, Les Series or Ar ...
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How to determine what celtic songs to chain together?

A friend of mine and I are playing celtic music together. He's a guitarist and I'm a clarinetist. With a bit of work we can play any song we like, but what we want to achieve now is to learn how to ...
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What chord progressions are used in traditional Celtic music?

What chord progressions are most often used in traditional Celtic music, such as aires, jigs, and reels? For example, harmonies in classical music are dictated by the common practice rules and focus ...
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