Ceolas: Artist Profiles
Here are brief profiles and discographies of some of the more popular celtic musicians and groups of today and the recent past. The list is far from complete - please get in touch if you would like to add information on these or any other musicians. Too much to take at once? Try the regional sublistings:
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- Heather Alexander
- Calfornian singer and fiddler.
- Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin
- Acclaimed Irish concertina player and ethnomusicologist based in San Francisco.
- Tremendously popular traditional group from Co. Donegal in Ireland.
- Energetic new Irish traditional/celtic trio.
- Anao Atao
- Top family traditional group from Cornwall.
- L'Ange Vert
- Breton celtic rock group, based in Paris.
- Electric, eclectic, celtic-based music, from Berkeley.
- An Ríl
- Irish traditional music in ... Hawaii!
- Irish instrumental/choral group specialising in medieval celtic music.
- Irish traditional group founded by Johnny McDonagh.
- Irish/Danish trad group based in Copenhagen.
- Atlantic Shore
- Gaelic group based in Sebastopol, North California.
- Bangers and Mash
- 'Non-profit' group playing Irish folk.
- Battlefield Band
- Official site of one of Scotland's most popular long-running traditional groups. See also this fan site.
- Begley &Cooney
- Furious traditional dance music from a dynamic Australian/Kerry duo.
- Gerry O'Beirne
- Irish guitarist, from Patrick St. and the Sharon Shannon band.
- Benachally Ceilidh Band
- Scottish ceilidh band with impressive lineup.
- Black '47
- Top Irish-American celtic rock group.
- Black Irish Band
- Irish, Italian and American music mix from the Gold Country of California.
- Fiona Blackburn
- Canadian celtic singer with a classical touch.
- Sweden's best (and only?) traditional celtic band.
- All-round Irish trad group from Michigan.
- Luka Bloom
- Irish folk singer and baby brother of Christy Moore.
- Eric Bogle
- The legendary Scottish folk singer, now living in Australia.
- Bogside Zukes
- Celtic/pub/rock music, and a, well, unique name, from Peoria, Illinois.
- Bolingey Troyl Band & Dancers
- Cornish and other traditional music and dance.
- The Borderers
- Celtic Rock from Adelaide, Australia.
- Bothy Band
- One of the greatest ever Irish trad groups, from the seventies.
- Boys of the Lough
- Long-running group with members from many celtic regions.
- Mary Black
- From trad. to pop, one of Ireland's top vocalists: Sites by Carolyn Andre
and Mark van Setten and Andreas Wilkes.
- Frances Black
- Mary's baby sister also has her discography here.
- Brakin' Tradition
- Nova Scotian band playing innovative celtic and maritime music.
- Dan Ar Braz
- Famed Breton celtic guitarist.
- Australian Scottish-celtic-rock; see sites at athenet.net
and cyberramp.net for the low-down.
- Maureen &Brendan Browne
- With a combined age of 25 these two young All-Ireland champions have their own Web page and a promising future.
- Buddy O'Reilly Band
- No sign of Buddy, but this this group keep the Irish music flag flying all around Atlanta.
- Buttons, Strings and Cora O'Donovan
- Trad Irish band from Hamburg, Germany.
- Kevin Burke
- One of Ireland's greatest fiddlers, and member of many legendary groups.
- Douglas John Cameron
- Balladeer from Ontario, with an Irish-Canadian inspired album 'Tangleheart'.
- John Allan Cameron
- The "Godfather" of Canadian East Coast music.
- Paddy Canny
- Analysis of the playing of this seminal East Clare fiddler (by Bernie Stocks).
- A highly successful popular Scottish group playing modern arrangements of trad music.
- Turlough O'Carolan
- Irish composer and harpist of the eighteenth century, his music is
extremely popular today: pages by Art Edelstein,
Lesley Nelson and this Italian one.
- Peadar O Ceannabháin
- Sean-nós singer from Connemara, Ireland.
- Celtic Cross
- High-energy celtic-based group from Lancaster, England.
- Celtic Fiddle Festival
- Trio of fiddlers from Ireland (Kevin Burke), Scotland (Johnny Cunningham) and Britanny (Christian Lemaitre).
- Celtic Offspring
- Traditional Irish/Scottish quartet from Ontario
- Celtic Thunder
- Irish-American group from Washington, DC.
- Innovative Scottish traditional group.
- Cherish the Ladies
- New York-based Irish trad/ceili group.
- Discography and links for this most famous of Irish traditional groups.
- Christy Moore
- Famed Irish folk singer, this discography covers his solo work as well as full coverage of Planxty and Moving Hearts
- New Midwest group featuring All-Ireland champions Paddy O'Brien and Michael Cooney, with Pat Egan.
- Claddagh Ring
- Kansas area Scottish and Irish music (and plenty of Blarney!)
- High-energy Texan Scottish/celtic band.
- Clan na Gael
- Celtic, folk and beyond...based out of northern Nevada.
- Clancy, O'Connell & Clancy
- New trio of the legendary Liam Clancy with son Dó and Robbie O'Connell.
- Discography of Irish traditional group by Don Grimm and Jim McCauley,
as well as a file with some lyrics and translations.
There are also two other Clannad sites, one in
Mexico and another in the
- Jennifer Clarke Skromeda
- Scottish and celtic singer and instrumentalist, from Winnipeg, Canada.
- Julia Clifford
- Study of the playing of the widely respected Sliabh Luachra fiddler (by Bernie Stocks).
- Robbie O'Connell
- Irish folksinger/songwriter based in US, nephew of the famed Clancy brothers.
- Rita Connolly
- Irish singer best known for her work on Granuaile, and other Shaun Davey pieces.
- Sinead O'Connor
- Controversial Irish pop singer, with some traditional leanings;
see also this site.
- The Corbies
- Mostly-Swedish site for this Scottish-influenced band.
- The Corries
- Discography of the Scottish folk duo.
- The Corrs
- Tremendously popular Irish family traditional/pop group with
sites by Daniel,
Reneyo Lusica, and
- an excellent and rising Irish traditional group.
- A Dutch traditional duo.
- Jimmy Crowley
- Inimitable and long-famed folk singer from Cork, Ireland.
- Brian Cullen
- Irish folk singer based in Nagoya, Japan.
- L. E. McCullough
- Innovative and seminal whistle player, based in Indiana.
- Phil Cunningham
- Scottish ace piano accordionist, Silly Wizard member and brother of Johnny.
- Cusan Tan
- Welsh traditional/folk duo.
- Irish trio from the south of England
- Celtic Rock Australian band.
- Darby O'Gill
- "Rollickin' Celtic Music" from Oregon
- Hauntingly beautiful sound from a young Irish group.
- De Dannan
- One of the top Irish traditional groups, since the 1970s.
- Delaney's Donkey
- 'punkish influenced' trad duo/quartet from Blackpool, England.
- Deoch an Dorais
- Sound like a traditional folk/trad Irish-style band from Münster, Germany.
- Trad Irish band from Hanover, Germany.
- Fan site for the Sligo-based Irish traditional group.
- Dewar & McLean
- Scottish, Irish and original music in Northern California and Nevada, now defunct.
- Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin
- Bi-lingual site for this Irish singer and songwriter.
- Dialoud Ar Menez
- Breton group (in French).
- Distant Oaks
- San Francisco Bay Area band playing early and celtic music, often at the same time!
- Quite possibly the Czech Republic's finest celtic band.
- Connie Dover
- Celtic soloist with a crystalline voice from Missouri.
- The legendary ballad group from Dublin.
- Australian pop celtic group.
- The Electrics
- Self-described Scottish Celtic Christian Rockers.
- Try Dave Allum and Peter Pehrson's excellent Enya archive.
- Fianna Rua
- Five-piece celtic band from Lexington, Kentucky.
- Four Men and a Dog
- Energetic and irreverent folk group from Northern Ireland.
- Four Shillings Short
- Truly eclectic, and fun celtic band from Palo Alto, California.
- Furry Village
- Newish rock/traditional group from Galway, in Ireland.
- Acoustic/electric folk and celtic group from Wellington, New Zealand.
- Gan Ainm
- Australian band based in Canberra. Website requires Shockwave.
- Dick Gaughan
- Discography of the Scottish folk singer.
- Roger Graham
- Singer of Scottish, Irish and American folk songs, based in south-central US.
- Great Big Sea
- Newfoundland celtic folk/rock quartet with a rising reputation and a classy website.
- Chris Grotewohl
- Ace banjo player from the Kansas City area.
- Douglas Gunn
- Recorder player, composer, and much else: a specialist in Baroque music with a great twist on the music of O'Carolan.
- Hair of the Dog
- Dutch group whose name and website implies many cultural connections with beer...
- Martin Hayes
- Biography & discography of the Clare fiddle player.
- Julie Henigan
- Irish and American folk singer and DAGDAD guitarist from Missouri.
- The Hibernians
- Irish trad, from Rhein Main area of Germany.
- Hong Kong Welsh Male Voice Choir
- Hothouse Flowers
- Discography of the Irish rock/trad group fronted by Liam O'Maonlai. See also the
Flowers' website, courtesy of Sean McDermott, and
- The Horslips
- Info on the late great founders of celtic rock,
by Martin Feeney and
- The House Band
- English traditional/celtic group.
- Irish music from French musicians, based in Genoble.
- One of several groups by this name, this one is a trio from Virginia.
- The Irish Weavers
- Ballad/Comedy group from Cork.
- Andy Irvine
- Veteran of Planxty, Patrick Street and many other groupings.
- Ashley McIsaac
- Young firebrand rock fiddler from Cape Breton.
- Jacky Tar
- Wellington (New Zealand) based celtic-rock outfit.
- James's Gate
- Swedish group named, seemingly, after the Guinness brewery....
- Breton fest-noz group (in French only).
- Morgana Keast
- Celtic Harpist and teacher.
- Paddy Keenan
- The reknowned piper from the Bothy Band and Moving Hearts.
- Kees Ouwejan en Makkers
- Folk/celtic foursome from Leiden.
- Trad meets the dance scene... Highly popular young Irish band.
- KilBride Brothers
- Traditional Welsh and celtic music from a Cardiff-based family trio.
- King Laoghaire
- Another Swedish-based group, with a very nice website.
- Kips Bay
- Rock, pop, trad and 'Celtic Americana' from this top-rated East Coast group.
- Knodel & Valencia
- Celtic Harping and song duo from Northern California.
- Loreena McKennitt
- Canadian singer/composer with a blend of celtic, Middle Eastern and world beat influences.
- Breton dance music and song, from Québec.
- Kyle-na-no (Coill na gCnó)
- Italian celtic band based in Asti.
- Roger Landes
- Top American bouzoukist, member of Scartaglen and now playing with Connie Dover.
- Dougie MacLean
- Scottish folk singer-songwriter.
- Les EV
- Breton celtic rock group from Nantes.
- Llan de Cubel
- Asturian (Spanish) folk group with celtic influences.
- Donal Lunny
- A major force in Irish music, from his days with Planxty to his recent work as producer.
- Madra Rua
- Energetic Irish/celtic band based in Wales.
- Tommy Makem
- A legendary founder of the Irish folk revival, and still performing.
- The Makem Brothers
- Sons of Tommy Makem put a new shine on the legend.
- Josephine Marsh
- Accordion player from Ennis, Co. Clare.
- MacCrimmon's Revenge
- Experimental celtic music from Halfax, Nova Scotia.
- Michael McGoldrick
- Award-winning wind player from Manchester, of Irish extraction.
- Susan McKeown & the Chanting House
- New York-based, acoustic rock with traditional tinge.
- Melbourne Welsh Male Voice Choir
- Middlewich Paddies
- An Irish group, in the Dubliner's mould, based in Cheshire.
- Celtic group from the Galician region of Spain.
- Will Millar
- Irish folk singer and founder of The Irish Rovers, now based in the US.
- Aine Minogue
- one of the best of Irish harpists, with New Age/worldbeat leanings, now based in New England.
- El McMeen
- Celtic fingerstyle guitarist, from New Jersey.
- The Mollys
- Wild Celtic and Mexican music, from Tucson, Arizona.
- Mick Moloney
- Philadelphia based folklorist, singer, and instrumentalist.
- Connecticut group self billed as 'celtotradrad/irishacoustic punk', whatever that is!
- Neili go Deazz
- Innovative Irish flute/bodhran/song duo.
- New Celeste
- Jazz-tinged celtic from Scotland.
- The New Road
- Atlanta's finest, celtically speaking!
- Celtic-derived contemporary group, made up of Tríona and Mícheál Ó'Dómhnaill, Johnny Cunningham and Brian Dunning.
- Energetic Cork-based Irish trad group.
- Old Blind Dogs
- Scottish quartet playing driving trad-based music.
- 180 & the letter G
- Milwaukee-area traditional band featuring celtic internaut Dan Beimborn.
- The Paperboys
- Vancouver based "celtic bluegrass stompin' pop".
- Niamh Parsons and the Loose Connections
- Arcady's talented singer and her own band: trad with some pop leanings.
- New Breton/Irish group.
- Pipe on the Hob
- Popular Irish trad group from the New York city area.
- Pluck and Squeeze
- Four-part ceilidh group from Cardiff, Wales.
- The Pogues
- The late, the great, the band that brought punk and Irish music together
in an inexplicable but tremendously successful sound.
Web sites, created by
and Devan MacFarlane and
pogues.com. There is also a
Shane McGowan biography
and fan club.
- The Poozies
- Eclectic Scottish foursome, playing everything from harps to accordions. A good fan site, and an official site.
- The Porridge Men
- New young ceili band from Scotland.
- The Promise
- Melbourne based and ....promising?
- The Pub Scouts
- Chico, California-based group, playing Scottish and Irish trad.
- The Pure Drop
- Yorkshire (England) -based band playing "a fusion of traditional Irish and contemporary styles".
- The Rankin Family
- Very popular Canadian band from Cape Breton, with celtic roots and recent leanings toward country music. See also this 'unofficial' site.
- Paddy Reilly
- Famed Irish balladeer.
- The artist known as Ray...has released a new celtesque Jethro Tull tribute album.
- Paddy Reilly
- Famed Irish balladeer.
- The Rising Pints
- Nagoya, Japan-based band playing trad and modern Irish music.
- Robin Huw Bowen
- The top player of the Welsh triple harp.
- Claire Roche
- Singer/Harpist from Dublin with a flair for Yeats poetry.
- Rock, Salt & Nails
- Contemporary folk group from the Scottish Shetland Islands, courtesy of Graham Collins.
- Anne Roos
- Verstatile celtic harpist from Tahoe, California.
- Modern and traditional celtic music, from Melbourne, Australia.
- Scottish folk/rock/trad group with a haunting, 'epic' sound.
- Acoustic celtic/trad quartet from Wichita, Kansas.
- Linda Rutherford &Celtic Fire
- Pop celtic music from upstate New York.
- Tommy Sands
- Singer and songwriter from Northern Ireland, member of the Sands family.
- The Sawdoctors
- Raucous Irish folky group with a touch (only!) of traditional.
- Scatter the Mud
- All-round celtic group from Calgary.
- Seven Nations
- Top American celtic-rock band.
- Shake the Dice
- Ceilidh Band from the Northwest of England.
- Sharon Shannon
- The young and extremely popular accordion player.
- Part-time Dutch Irish group.
- Belgian/Irish trad. group.
- John Sherman
- Fine fingerstyle guitarist playing in a celtic mode.
- Fancy but not very informative site for one of Scotland's top celtic/rock groups.
- Soïg Sibéril
- One of the best-known of Breton guitarists.
- Scottish harp duo of Patsy Seddon &Mary MacMaster.
- Silly Wizard
- One of the greatest of the Scots folk revival groups.
- Smithfield Fair
- Lively Scottish-American band based around Lousiana.
- Squeeze of Scotch
- Scottish-influenced celtic group from Saskatchewan, Canada.
- Standing Stones
- San Francisco based celtic duo with an extensive and educational website.
- Stark Raven
- Jazz-tinged celtic music from Ohio.
- Stockton's Wing
- Energetic Irish traditional/pop band.
- Progressive celtic group from Salt Lake City.
- Brenda Stubbert
- Cape Breton (Canada) fiddler.
- Micheál Ó Súilleabháin
- Musician and enthnomusicologist best known for his modern piano arrangement of Irish tunes.
- Mairéid Sullivan
- Traditional and original Irish singing, with a contemprary/classical twist.
- Suffering Gaels
- Energetic Irish trad group from the Seattle area.
- Sweeney's Men
- The groundbreaking Irish instrumental group of the
- Young Scottish traditional duo.
- Tannahill Weavers
- Short discography of this Scottish ensemble.
- Tara's Thistle
- Gaelic music duo playing around New England.
- Celtic rock group based in Northern California.
- Tory Voodoo
- Florida-based duo with an individual style of celtic/acoustic music.
- Tri Yann (in French)
- Long-running Breton folk rock group.
- Eamon O'Tuama
- New-York based Irish singer-songwriter with a rockish twist.
- Tuatha De Dannan
- Italian group, specialising in early celtic music (1400-1800).
- Two O'Clock Courage
- 'AmeriCeltic' music from Austin, Texas.
- Folk/rock group lead by Mike Scott.
- Elisa Welch
- California-based singer/songwriter/instrumentalist, with a rather funny page....
- Freddie White
- Inimitable folk singer from Cork, now resident in the US.
- WindyMills Ceilidh Band
- Northumbrian dance band.
- Quick Takes
- An omnibus file with information on 30 groups and musicians for which there is not yet enough information to merit individual files.
- Vincenzo Zitello
- Italian Celtic Harpist.
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