Celtic traditional music, along with the Scottish variety, have many different types of songs and singers. For people who want to sing about the past, the present, or even bring Scottish music into the future to those who claim a deep connection to the Celtics through heritage and blood.
None of these types of music are wrong or right, and all are benefits to the term Celtic music as a whole, and three types of musician really stand out over the rest. With original Scotland boasting people from four walks of life, Pict, Celts, Britons, and Angelo-Saxons, the diversity only helps the music grow.
Type number 1: Tradition Bearers
These musicians are those who are playing to tell a story to their audience without worrying about technique or their contribution to the music, the only thing that matters to them is the song itself. They want to use the past and bring it forward into the modern day, to ensure that people don’t forget.
These singers have either been around a long while or have decided to strictly focus on singing in the style of the past and both types have the respect of their fellow musicians.
Type number 2: Revivalists
These musicians are people who value what the past represents but also seek to emulate them. They want to use the past as a foundation to spring forward into songs that will make the listeners happy, blending the desires of the audience with the respect of the source material.
These Revivalists do not just seek a way to sing music, they want the music to go through them and become a conduit, and the musician is simply the person giving the song and style of music its power over the people, bringing it all into a new light.
Type number 3: Combiners
These musicians combine the songs of the past and the desire to emulate them with the need to create their own personal mark on the genre of music. These people are the dreamers, who look at the music of the world and then pick and choose what elements they want to use.
They believe that tradition can change and that it’s worth it when it does because it brings in a new era for musicians everywhere.
None of these three types are bad or negative, and not every musician has to conform to one of these three types, as every single song, story, and piece of music is a contribution to the world of Celtic music. As long as the music tells a story and brings people together, then it matters.
Despite all the types of musicians in the Celtic music genre and the discussion over which of the three groups is better for music, every single group shares two things in common.
One they tell a story, whether big or small and two they respect the past songs that came before them. That’s what Celtic music is all about, and that’s why it will continue to grow.