Celtic music on the Internet
This is the hypertext version of the list maintained at celtic.stanford.edu and
posted monthly to rec.music.celtic Please let me know of any corrections,
additions or comments to the email address below.
Gerard Manning firstname.lastname@example.org
Current version: June 6 1998 (partially updated)
- Where can I discuss celtic music on the internet?
- What are the major online sites for celtic music?
- What magazines are available online?
- How can I find tunes on the internet?
- Where can I find out about concerts and festivals?
- Where can I discuss and find out about particular instruments?
- Where can I discuss and find out more about particular musicians?
- How can I buy celtic music through the internet?
- Other celtic resources
- A few technical notes
Chief celtic music group on Usenet. About 30-80 messages per day.
Higher traffic than rec.music.celtic and much broader coverage, especially of
American folk. Most of the celtic discussion is cross-posted to
Discussion of Enya (Eithne Ni Bhraonain) and some similar artists, such as
Loreena McKennitt and Sarah McLoughlin.
Occasionally deal with musical matters, as well as other celtic questions.
Mailing list on Irish traditional music, oriented towards players and
traditional, as opposed to popular, music. Membership is over 600, with up to
50 messages per day. A daily digest is also available.
Subscription address: email@example.com
List address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maintainer: Hammy Hamilton (ARMU6001@bureau.ucc.ie)
Cape Breton Music mailing list
Discusses the music of the Cape Breton area of Canada, which maintains a strong tradition of celtic music, espcecially in Scottish-style fiddling.
List address: email@example.com
Subscription: Send message with 'subscribe' or 'subscribe digest' to list address.
Maintainers: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jamie Foulds and Mike Gurstein)
Folk Music radio shows
This is primarily for hosts of folk/bluegrass/celtic radio shows, but all are
welcome to join. Runs about 5-10 messages per day usually, includes playlists,
band information, Folk Alliance news and chat. Very much US-based.
Subscription address: email@example.com.
List address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maintainer: Tina Hay (email@example.com)
(if you are on Bitnet, use the addresses listserv@psuvm and folkdj@psuvm)
American Folk Music
Moderated mailing list, concertrating on American singer-songwriters, more
folk than celtic.
Subscription address: firstname.lastname@example.org
List address: email@example.com
Maintainer: Alan Roworth (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Celtic Music in Houston, TX
Unmoderated list covering Celtic music events in the Houston, Texas area.
Messages are accumulated and sent out in a digest form once per day.
Subscription address: email@example.com
List address: celtic-houston-digest
List Maintainer: Chuck Ivy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This is the largest celtic music archive on the net, with information on artists,
tunes, schedules, instruments and much more.
This is a listing of almost a quarter of a million albums by the biggest
names in almost every genre of music, including celtic. It is available in
book, CD-ROM, and online form. The listings have most of the albums by the
group/artist, along with a brief descriptive note, rating of most of the
albums and some details for each album.
Internet Musical Archives
This is the grand-daddy of internet musical archives, containing lyrics,
discographies, reviews and other information, sorted alphabetically by artist.
It's so huge, it can be difficult to search completely: a partial list of
celtic artists covered by this archive is available by FTP from
celtic.stanford.edu as /pub/uwp-list
The archive is no longer being actively maintained, and the original site has ceased to be, but a parital mirror may be found at AOL:
The archive is often overloaded, it may take several attempts to get through.
Sunsite Gaelic archive
This archive has a lot of information on gaelic and celtic matters,
including the bagpipes archive and information and sound samples for a few
north american celtic musicians.
Dalriada celtic heritage society
At the same site as the Living Tradition, this gopher has information on celtic
culture including music.
Lark in the Morning
A new Web site run by Lark in the Morning who sell all kinds of celtic and
other instruments. They have several good articles on instruments, maintenance
The Living Tradition
This Scottish folk/trad magazine is now being made available by Gopher. The
online version includes album reviews, articles news and Scottish events
Editor: Pete Heywood (email@example.com)
American folk/celtic/world music monthly, now has a sample of each month's
articles available on the Web.
Maintainer: Cliff Furnald (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Irish rock magazine also has some celtic coverage.
English folk and world music magazine.
Editor/Maintainer: Ian Anderson (email@example.com)
The Digital Tradition
This giant database contains over 6000 lyrics and over 2000 tunes of
folksongs from around the world, including a fair amount of celtic-related
music. Versions for Unix, Mac and PC are available by FTP, but be warned, the
whole database is over 10 megabytes. Recent legal wranglings have shut it down,
but now at least the lyrics are available for search on the Web, and the full
database is promised soon.
Maintainer Dick Greenhaus (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This has several hundred tunes in abc and bagpipe.tex formats as well
as transcriptions of the abc tunes to postscript, software for viewing and
manipulating tunes and several descriptive files.
St. Olaf tune index
This is an index of printed collections of tunes, with over 28,000 entries,
mostly of celtic or American-celtic origin. It is broken up into 25 files in
the form a_index.prn for each letter; the whole set comes to about 2.7
megabytes. There is also a biblio.txt file listing the source books and Intro
and a Readme for more information. The collection is copyright but freely
available for non-commercial use.
Maintainer: James Stewart (email@example.com)
Now updated, with just over 35,000 entries!
Richard Robinsons' Tunebook
This is a nice listing of Richard's personal collection of tunes, available by
WWW; each tune has an associated graphic file (gif) which will display
the staff notation for that tune.
Richard Darsie's TuneWeb
Similar project to that of Richard Robinson.
Maintainer: Richard Darsie (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dan Beimborn's Virtual Tunebook
Another collection of gif tunes.
Maintainer: Dan Beimborn (email@example.com)
Michael Loehr's collection
This has a collection of tunes in postscript format, including John Walsh's
collection of about 60 of the most popular session tunes. Most WWW browsers
cannot display postscript, but the files can be saved and printed using
software such as the Macintosh LaserWriter Utility.
Irish folksong lyrics collection
The lyrics to over 300 Irish folk songs are at:
Maintainer: Seppo J Niemi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Gaelic Song Archive
Contains songs in Irish, Scots Gaelic and Manx, with accompanying tunes
in abc format.
Maintainer: Liam Hart (email@example.com)
Ceolas carries information on most of the big touring groups and some local
musicians in the US and Canada. It also has spotty information on European
and other locations and has listings of festivals around the world.
Listings for individual states and provinces are also available:
FTP: celtic.stanford.edu /pub/schedules/Listing-by-state/
You can subscribe to a monthly posting of each state-wide calendar by email.
For more information, mail firstname.lastname@example.org a message with the
single command "info lists", or see:
Ceolas also carries George Keith's list of Irish/celtic open sessions around
Electronic Dirty Linen - Tour Schedules
Dirty Linen, the American folk music magazine maintains publishes an
extensive monthly calendar of folk and celtic events, mostly North American
concerts and festivals. The nysernet.org site carries the calendar in a
single, ~300kb file, while the psu site and the Web site have it broken down
by artist and by state.
Calendar of New England Folk Events
FTP: theory.lcs.mit.edu in pub/wald/concert-calendar.
email: send mail containing the line "send wald concert-calendar" to
Maintainer: David Wald (email@example.com)
Houston, Texas Celtic mailing list
This is a new (Aug 1994) list designed to spread the word on celtic events in
Houston. All mailings are sent out in digest form, daily.
Subscription address: majordomo@Chron.com
List address: Celtic-Houstonfirstname.lastname@example.org
Maintainer: Michael Croft (email@example.com)
Lark in the Morning sells all kinds of celtic (and other exotic) instruments
and their Web site has a large collection of background information.
Ceolas: See the instruments section:
Covers all kinds of accordions and concertina. 10-15 messages a week,
discusses contemporary accordion music of all sorts, instrument building and
repair. The archive has lots of information on magazines, builders, tutors
Subscription address: firstname.lastname@example.org
List address: email@example.com
Maintainer: Phoebe Sengers (firstname.lastname@example.org)
WWW FAQ: http://info.acm.org/~mscully/faq.html
Another Bagpipe Web site: http://www.rootsworld.com/rw/feature/gaida.html
Discusses all kinds of bagpipes, including Scottish, Irish (uilleann),
Northumbrian, Spanish, Macedonian, Swedish and others. Covers technical issues
and news mainly of interest to players.
Subscription address: email@example.com
List address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maintainer: email@example.com (Wayne Cripps)
Uilleann pipes mailing list
Subscription address: firstname.lastname@example.org
List address: email@example.com
Maintainer: David Daye (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Web Archive: http://www.ice.el.utwente.nl:80/~han/bouzouki/
Subscription address: email@example.com
List address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Subscription address: email@example.com
Maintainer: Cara Camcastle (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Irish Flute FAQ
Started up around July, so still finding it's place. Plans to go to listserv
Subscription address: email@example.com
List address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maintainer: Bill Paulson (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subscription address: email@example.com
List address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lute mailing list
Subscription address: email@example.com
Maintainer: Wayne Cripps (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mandolin mailing list
Subscription address: email@example.com
List address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tin Whistle (pennywhistle) Guide
Ceolas artist profiles
Ceolas carries profiles on about 30 major celtic groups and musicians, as
well as an omnibus file with short snippets on many groups, and links to all
of these other pages.
Boiled In Lead
Subscription address: email@example.com
Maintainer: John Romkey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
WWW: http://www.omnium.com/pub/omnium/bil/ ('official')
Sinead O'Connor Mailing list
jitr ("Jump in the River") mailing list: discusses music and activism
of Sinead O'Connor. About 240 members worldwide; volume is 1 or 2
messages per day.
Subscription address: majordomo@postmod
List address: jitr@@postmodern.com
(jitr-digest also available)
Maintainer: Michael C. Berch (email@example.com)
List Archive: http://www.postmode
Subscription address: firstname.lastname@example.org
List address: email@example.com
FTP archive: refuge.colorado.edu/pub/enya
Maintainer: Tim Hunter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
FTP: ftp.uwp.edu /pub/music/artists/e/enya
FTP: celtic.stanford.edu /pub/artists/Enya.FAQ(FAQ)
Hothouse Flowers Mailing List
Subscription address: email@example.com
All postings get distributed in digest form, 1-2 times per week.
Loreena McKennitt Mailing List
Subscription address: firstname.lastname@example.org
List address: email@example.com
List Maintainer: Christian Walters (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Oyster Band Mailing List
Subscription address: email@example.com
List address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maintainer: Christophe Pettus (email@example.com)
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
alt.music.pogues has been created but does not seem to be widely available.
Richard Thompson Mailing List
Subscription address: email@example.com
List address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maintainer: Brian White (email@example.com)
Subscription address: firstname.lastname@example.org
List address: email@example.com
Maintainer: Jason Westwater (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Silly Wizard mailing list (Ramblin' Rovers)
Subscription address: email@example.com
List address: firstname.lastname@example.org
(rovers-digest also available)
Maintainter: Christian Walters (email@example.com)
Fairly quiet list, several messages per week
Subscription address: firstname.lastname@example.org
List address: email@example.com
SUBSCRIBE van-digest to get a digest form of the list
Discography (FTP): ftp.netcom.com /pub/kevin/van.txt
Wolfstone mailing list
Subscription address: Majordomo@mystery.com
List address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Incredible String Band mailing list
Subscription address: email@example.com (manual)
Maintainer: Michael Ranauro (firstname.lastname@example.org)
CDnow is the latest and greatest in online CD stores. It claims to supply
140,000 titles, with low postage rates (<$5) and shipping within a week to
US addresses. They have the usual popular celtic groups, but also a fair
listing from specialist labels such as Gael Linn and Claddagh. If you do
business with them, please let me know how good they are.
For more traditional options, check out the list of mail-order celtic music
sources on www.ceolas.org
I carried a number of such items on this list in the past, but now have been
admirably superseded by the FAQ for soc.culture.celtic, which can be found on
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