Ceolas: What's New - 1997 archive


* Elizabeth Scarlet has created new Windows programs which can transpose, search, and check abc format tunes.

* The Whistler's Page has a fair deal of information on the Tin Whistle.

* New musician pages


* All about Celtic Music in Toronto.

* The Manchester Irish Traditional Music Archive project in England.

* Whistling Low is a site devoted to low whistles.

* David Williams has put up a page of Bagpipe Tunes in BMW format, and another site (requiring frames) for Bagpipe supplies.

* New musician pages


* New site dedicated to the Irish Tenor Banjo

* The Irish Times has some recent relevant features, including a piece covering the Blas summer school, one on learning the Bodhran and one on the Irish harp festivals at Keadue and Granard.


* Pick of the month review is We Won't Be Home 'Til Morning a fine traditional album by accordionist and singer Brendan Begley of Kerry.

* Brent Santin has a major update to his article on how to make a bodhran, now in HTML.

* The latest issue of the Claddagh newsletter is out and says very nice things about the Brendan Begley album!

* New musician pages


* New musician pages


* The May edition of Claddagh's New Releases newsletter is now out.

* New festival pages:

* New musician pages


* The latest edition of Andrew Kuntz's Fiddler's Companion is here, with an index to some 32,000 fiddle tunes from the Celtic, British, and American traditions. I've also finished updating James Stewart's TuneIndex with references to 55,000 published tunes. TuneIndex

* The new draft FAQ for is now online. Please have a look and let Graham know what you think of it, and if you have any suggestions.

* Articles on Celtic Guitar and Traditional music in the Isle of Man by Cliff McGann.

* Jim Scarff has a nice website with reviews of his favourite celtic music and celtic happenings in the San Francisco area.

* A site dedicated to Wales' most famous song, The Ash Grove.

* New sites for Scottish Dance in Minnesota and Irish Dance in New York. The latter also has an excellent guide to Irish music in New York.

* The same site has an excellent guide to Irish Music in New York.

* New Festival pages:

* New musician pages:


* The tour schedules area has been revamped, with links to band profiles and home pages where known, and some cosmetic changes.

* An article on the development of the uilleann and war pipes by Fintan Valleley, from the Irish Times.

* Did you know that Beethoven wrote arrangements of Irish folk tunes? You can hear some on the new release, The Pulse of an Irishman.

* A few dozen tunes in Midi format at Richard Jordan's site.

* There's a new version of Richard Robinson's Tunebook at Ceolas, where you can see graphic images of hundreds of traditional tunes.

* The Grammies were good to celtic music this year, with Bill Whelan winning Best Musical Show album (Riverdance), the Chieftains winning their umpteenth nomination, for World Music Album (Santiago), and Enya taking the Best New Age award for The Memory of Trees.

* March Pick of the Month is the debut album from Calgary band Scatter the Mud, a modern-traditional blend.

* The March edition of Claddagh's New Releases newsletter is now out.

* New bands:

* New festivals:


* The Ceilidh Trail school of celtic music in Cape Breton, directed by Jerry Holland, runs classes in Jul and Aug.

* BarFly is a new, free Mac program for handling abc musical notation. It can play, check, transpose and display tunes in musical notation; this is an early test release, so beware of bugs!

* The famed Willie Clancy Summer School in Co. Clare, Ireland, now has a web page.

* The February edition of Claddagh's New Releases newsletter has albums from Altan, Paddy Keenan and more.

* New or updated festival sites include those for San Francisco, Dallas and Lorient.

* New musician pages:


* The Artists listings has been revamped with new pages for Canadian celtic music and celtic music in the far flung four corners of the earth (currently featuring the three corners of Australia, New Zealand and Japan).

* KRL Records are on the net with snippets of information on a whole bunch of Scottish groups.

* New musician pages:

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