Why I Love Celtic Music and its Influences
Celtic Music is a huge influence on many musicians. I love Celtic Music and for many years I enjoyed singing and playing Celtic music in folk clubs. I had a couple of folk club gigs, but nothing major. This was before Celtic guitar music bounced into the charts as a fashion statement and I would sing Scottish and Irish ballads, play bodhran or guitar along with amateur sessions. These days I have people listening to my Celtic Dream song worldwide and fans in over 40 countries thanks to internet radio. Back then, it was not really big in Lincolnshire, and no internet to reach out of course, but for me it was roots and I loved it.
To this day I am often told my music has a Celtic lyricism to it, which makes me smile as I find this complimentary.
Although I have sold my original compositions on-line, the mainstay of most Sibelius Music composers is actually arrangements, so I have arranged folksongs from all over the world for educational use. Best of all, I like the Celtic ones and in this lens I shall present some of them to you! I hope you find it enjoyable.
Celtic Dream - A Cappella - Lisa sings unaccompanied
Now this is a mix, as I couldn't sing all the parts simultaneously (LOL) however it is unaccompanied!
Flute, Harp and Guitar
Flute and Classical Guitar - a great combination
Sometimes to me there is nothing more suggestive of the Celtic landscapes I love than Celtic guitar music and the sounds of gentle music played on flute and harp, or flute and guitar. The effect is sweet, and wistfully mournful. I also especially love the flute sound in later versions of Sibelius software as each note is sampled and balanced for a mellow and realistic sound.
Flute, Harp and Guitar
Or any combination of the above....
- A Green Farewell
This original piece with an Irish flavour was written as a tribute to celtic poet and writer Pamela Waller. You can hear it and see it with images in the youtube module.Celtic Harp Stickers by Ars_Celtica
- Fhear A Bhata - solo harp (or piano)
This has long been one of my favourite airs. I learned it as a child, though I cannot remember off which recording, nor did I understand the Gaelic. I just adored the tune and the sound of the words. Later I sung it in Scotland on a brief tour of hig
- Fhear A Bhata - Two guitars and Flute
This was the arrangement that inspired the above commission. The flute part could in fact also be played by any C melody instrument, including fiddle or even a third guitar!Fairy Christmas by vintagetreasurechest
- Dance of the Fisherman and the Sea Nymph - Flute Duet
Sleeping Siren by MartinArtStudio An original with folk influence: "I know why Dance of the Fisherman and the Sea Nymph. I don't know why G minor... that is just how it came to me! This duet for quite advanced flute players of equal ability should b
- Fhear A Bhata - Harp Solo (PDF)
If you love this tune, but don't wish to use Sibelius music and Scorch, it is available here as a PDF file.
"A collection of well loved songs and tunes from around the world competently arranged by a professional composer, educator and guitarist for young flute players and guitarists. (The flute part is playable also by guitar and violin). These arrangements are properly transcribed in full in traditional notation for both instruments but professionally edited guitar TAB is given for the non-reader on acoustic guitar. This beautifully presented book is an ideal present for the guitarist, flautist or folk music enthusiast."
Contents: The Drunken Sailor The Water Is Wide The Keys of Canterbury Carrickfergus For Auld Lang Syne Romanza Fhear A Bhata Spanish Ladies MacPherson's Lament The Cutty Wren Song Volga Boat Song A Bunch of Thyme The Bluebells Of Scotland Now the Green Blade Rises Lisa Lan Hava Nagila The Mountains of Mourne
A Green Farewell - MP3 available on Amazon now
A Green Farewell
An original piece of music written by myself as a tribute to a friend and fellow poet, Pamela Waller, who loved all things Irish!
My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose - Flute and Guitar Duet
My Latest Celtic Arrangement
My Love is Like A Red Red Rose
Free Melody with TAB click the first guitar.
Flying To Meet The Sunrise - Celtic and other influences.
The Hag With The Money
Traditional Irish Tune
This is the kind of music I love! Cick on the link to see or print this free sheet music.
String and Mixed Groups - The Older the Fiddle
The fiddle is so central to much folk music and I enjoy writing string arrangements. I am not an expert, but I do have a working knowledge of the violin and play it a little. My left hand works fine but my bowing is all over the place! Sometimes I wish I had learned as a child, then I would love to join in with great energy on reels and jigs and great sweetness on airs....
- A Peaceful Celtic Spring
Commissioned by Ann Miller, this is an ambient New Age piece of music in Celtic style. It is intended to have a peaceful and hypnotic vibe for relaxation and medidtation
- The Rattlin' Bog
A firm favourite with all as it is a cumulative song - just goes on, and on, and on, and on adding verses as it goes!
- Free Fantasy for Strings and Guitar
This original piece has a Celtic fusion feel that has just a touch of the Maritimes and the Spanish mountains so I am told! I just found the melody one night in my head and went from there. I wrote this in January 1978 and dedicated it to the then He
- The Water Is Wide - Strings and Guitar
The Water Is Wide is another all-time favourite of mine first heard peformed by Judith Durham on a Seekers record! Also known as O Waly Waly, when performed well as an unaccompanied song, this has the power to make me cry - even when I sing it! It is
Arrangements for Guitar Group and Solo
Well, in as much as these things can and should be classified! There is no reason why the melody part could not be played on flute, violin, or anything else with comparable range!
Sibelius 7 Software - Sibelius 7 is the latest upgrade to Sibelius available
I have just upgraded to Sibelius 7 - it is a lot different but I know it will be OK with practice.
Guitar Solo and Groups
I have done several folksong arrangements for guitar solo and flexible groups. That doesn't mean the guitarists have to practise yoga - just that the arrangements allow for some flexibility in numbers. As a first study guitarist my main aim is always to produce something both playable and melodic. That way the music becomes the reward and performance a pleasure at a far earlier stage!
A Final Word About Arranging
People have varied attitudes to professional arranging. There are those who are only too happy to purchase an arrangement rather than do their own, there are some who feel they would rather play "by ear" anyway and there is a third group who would like them for free.
Free arranging is something I have done for my own students for many years. I always (stupidly I am told) considered it part of a teacher's job in fact because arrangements can be written with educational goals in mind. Now I share my work more widely I still do some free arrangements, but charge a small amount for others. Much as I love the process itself, it does take many hours to come up with a neat and useable score of a more complex arrangement.
Finally, there may come a time when I need to retire and support myself in other ways than teaching. I am told that a workman is worthy of his hire - perhaps that is an attitude we should extend to musicians too? The decision whether to buy arrangements is yours but in any event I hope you enjoy listening to the MP3s on the links!
Thank you for your time!
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© 2009 Lisa Marie Gabriel