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Internet Resources for Celtic Music [LIST]

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Archive-name: music/celtic/internet-resources
Posting-Frequency: monthly, on the eighth of the month
Last-modified: 1995/05/07

See reader questions & answers on this topic! - Help others by sharing your knowledge
This is a monthly posting of pointers to places on the internet relevant
to celtic music. The most current version of this list is maintained at the
Ceolas archive, in text and hypertext (WWW) formats:
Please let me know of any corrections, additions or comments to the email
address below.

   Gerard Manning

Current version:8 May 1996
   (sorry, no time for updates since then)

1. Where can I discuss celtic music on the internet?
2. What are the major online sites for celtic music?
3. What magazines are available online?
4. How can I find tunes on the internet?
5. Where can I find out about concerts and festivals?
6. Where can I discuss and find out about particular instruments?
7. Where can I discuss and find out more about particular musicians?
8. How can I buy celtic music through the internet?
9. Other celtic resources
10.A few technical notes


1. Where can I discuss celtic music on the internet?

  Chief celtic music group on Usenet. About 30-80 messages per day.
  Higher traffic than and much broader coverage, especially
  of American folk. Most of the celtic discussion is cross-posted to

soc.culture cornish
  Occasionally deal with musical matters, as well as other celtic questions.

Mailing lists:

Irish Traditional Music
  Mailing list on Irish traditional music, oriented towards players and 
  traditional, as opposed to popular, music. Membership is about 300, with an 
  average of about half a dozen messages a day. A digest form of the list, 
  with summaries of the most important messages, comes out every month.
  Subscription address:
  List address:
  List address: (digest)
  Gopher archives:
  Maintainer: Hammy Hamilton (

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:
  Subscription: Send message with 'subscribe' or 'subscribe digest' to
  list address.
  Maintainer (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-
  Subscription address:
  List address:
  Maintainer: Tina Hay,
  (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:
  List address:
  Maintainer: Alan Roworth (

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:
  List address: celtic-houston-digest
  List Maintainer: Chuck Ivy <>


2. What are the major online sites for celtic music?

  This is the largest and most complete site dedicated to celtic music.
  Many sections are mentioned elsewhere in this list, but there is a lot
  else besides.
  FTP: /pub/catalog
  Latest updates: finger
  Here are some examples:
    Background information on over 50 celtic groups and musicians
    Resource guides and bibliographies for many instruments used in celtic music
     List of mail-order sources for celtic music
    A list of the three hundred or so US stations that air the Thistle
    & Shamrock weekly program of celtic music and a list of about 80 other
    celtic music radio programs around the world.

All-Music Guide
  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.
  Gopher: (port 70)
  This service is currently in transition and is for the moment being hosted
  by CDNow

Internet Musical Archives
  This is the single largest internet musical archive, 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 as /pub/uwp-list
  Maintainer: Dave Datta (
  The archive is often overloaded, it may take several attempts to get

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.


3. What magazines are available online?

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
  guide. The same site also contains information on the Dalraida celtic
  heritage society, including sections on celtic music.
  Editor: Pete Heywood (

Dirty Linen
  American folk/celtic/world music monthly, now has a sample of each month's 
  articles available on the Web
  Maintainer: Cliff Furnald (

Hot Press
  Irish rock magazine also has some celtic coverage.

Folk Roots
  English folk and world music magazine
  Editor/Maintainer: Ian Anderson (


4. Where can I find out about concerts, festivals and sessions?

  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.
  FTP: /pub/schedules
  FTP: /pub/festivals

  Listings for individual states and provinces are also available:
  FTP: /pub/schedules/Listing-by-state/

  You can subscribe to a monthly posting of each state-wide calendar by email. 
  For more information, mail a message with the 
  single command "info lists", or see:

  Ceolas also carries George Keith's list of Irish/celtic open sessions around
  the world.
  FTP: /pub/session.list

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 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: pub/wald/concert-calendar.
  email: send mail containing the line "send wald concert-calendar" to
  Maintainer: David Wald (


5. How can I find tunes on the internet?

The Digital Tradition
  This giant database contains over 5000 lyrics and about 1700 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 takes up about 10 megabytes. It may also be searched 
  interactively by World Wide Web, which allows the tunes to be viewed and 
  played on the computer.
  FTP: /pub/music
  FTP: ftp.uwp.ed /pub/music/folk  (not always working)
  Maintainer Dick Greenhaus (

  This has several hundred tunes in abc and bagpipe.tex formats as well as 
  postscript versions of most of the abc tunes, 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 (
  FTP or gopher: ftp.stolaf .edu /gopher/"Internet Resources"/"St. Olaf 
  Sponsored Mailing Lists"/Omni-Cultural-Academic-Resource/Fine-
  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 (72 dpi gif) which will 
  display the staff notation for that tune

Richard Darsie's TuneWeb
  Similar project to that of Richard Robinson
  Maintainer: Richard Darsie (

Dan Beimborn's Tune Collection
  A similar collection of gif tunes.
  Maintainer: Dan Beimborn (

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 <>

Gaelic Song Archive
  Contains songs in Irish, Scots Gaelic and Manx, with accompanying tunes
  in abc format.
  Maintainer: Liam Hart (


6. Where can I discuss and find out about particular instruments?

  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: /pub/instruments/

  Mailing list
  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
  and tips.
  Subscription address:
  List address:
  Maintainer: Phoebe Sengers (

  Web Archive

Concertina FAQ

Bagpipes//Uilleann pipes
  FTP/Gopher: (includes mailing list archive?)
  WWW FAQ: http://info.acm.ord/~mscully/faq.html
  Another Bagpipe Web Site:

  Mailing list:
  Discusses all kinds of bagpipes, including Scottish, Irish (uileann),
  Northumbrian, Spanish, Macedonian, Swedish and others. Covers technical
  issues and news mainly of interest to players.
  Subscription address:
  List address:
  Maintainer: Wayne Cripps <>
  FTP or Gopher FAQ and archives:

  Uilleann pipes mailing list
  Subscription address:
  List address:
  Maintainer: David Daye (



  Bodhran-making guide
  Archive: WWW:

  Mailing list:
  Subscription address:  
  List address:

  Mailing list
  Subscription address:
  Maintainer: Cara Camcastle <>

  Irish Flute FAQ /pub/instruments/Flute.FAQ

  Guide to accompaniment

Hammered Dulcimer
  Mailing list
  Started up around July, so still finding it's place. Plans to go to listserv 
  system soon
  Subscription address:
  List address:
  Maintainer: Bill Paulson (,

  Web Site


  Mailing List
  Subscription address:
  List address:



Lute mailing list
  Subscription address:
  Maintainer: Wayne Cripps <>]

Mandolin mailing list
  Subscription address:
  List address:

Tin Whistle (pennywhistle)


7. Where can I discuss and find out more about particular musicians?
Note: I am not listing musicians for which a Website is the only resource:
since they are of use only to Web users, they are instead listed at the
Ceolas artists page (below).

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.
  FTP: /pub/artists

Boiled In Lead Mailing List
  Subscription address:
  Maintainer: John Romkey ( or maybe:
  Drew Miller (

Boiled in Lead Archives:
  FTP: /pub/leadheads
  WWW: ('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:
  List Address
  (jitr-digest also available)
  Maintainer: Michael C. Berch (
  List Archive:

Enya Newsgroup

Enya mailing list
  Subscription address:
  List address:
  FTP archive:  pub/enya 
  Maintainer: Tim Hunter (

Enya archives
  FTP: /pub/music/artists/e/enya
  FTP: /pub/artists/Enya.FAQ (FAQ)

Hothouse Flowers mailing list
  Subscription address:
  All postings get distributed in digest form, 1-2 times per week.

Loreena McKennitt mailing list
  Subscription address:
  List address:
  List Maintainer: Christian Walters (

Oyster Band mailing list
  Subscription address:
  Send a message with the words 'subscribe oysters')
  List address:
  Maintainer: Christophe Pettus (

Pogues Web site

Pogues mailing list
  Contact for more information

Pogues newsgroup has been created at some sites, but does not seem
  to be widely available

Richard Thompson mailing list
  Subscription address:
  List address:
  Maintainer: Brian White <>

Runrig mailing list
  Subscription address:
  List address:
  Maintainer: Jason Westwater (

Runrig Websites

Silly Wizard mailing list (Ramblin' Rovers)
Subscription address:
List address:
(rovers-digest also available)
Maintainter: Christian Walters (

Van Morrison mailing list
  Fairly quiet list, several messages per week
  Subscription address:
  List address:
  SUBSCRIBE van-digest to get a digest form of the list

Van Morrison archives:
  Discography (FTP): /pub/kevin/van.txt

Wolfstone mailing list
  Subscription address:
  List address:

Incredible String Band mailing list(manual): Ranauro 


8. How can I buy celtic music through the internet?

CDnow is the latest and greatest in online CD stores. It claims to supply
140,000 titles, with low posting 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.

Claddagh records are one of the most respected of traditional labels, and
also do an extensive retail business, including mail-order and internet.
They can
be reached at

For more traditional options, and for other internet-accessible celtic music
vendors, check out the list of mail-order celtic music sources at Ceolas:
FTP: /pub/mail-order


9. Other celtic resources

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
that newsgroup or in the following areas:
FTP: in /pub/misc/SCC.FAQ


10. A few technical notes

* Mailing lists. If the subscription address has 'listserv' or 'majordomo'
somewhere in it, subscription is handled by a computer program. To subscribe,
send a one-line message saying
   subscribe <mailing list name> <your real name>  (listserv)       or
   subscribe <mailing list name>                   (majordomo)
If not, it's a person who reads the name, so just drop them a nice note. Most
automatic lists can be set up in digest format, so that all the postings for one
day are delivered in a single message. It's less interactive, but helps a lot
with mailbox clutter.

* Using a Web browser. If you have a World Wide Web browser,
use the hypertext version of this list
for simpler access to WWW, FTP and Gopher sites.

* FTP by mail. You can search FTP archives by email; send a message saying
'help' to for more information.

* Mailing list etiquette: Be considerate when sending a message to a mailing
list; hundreds of people may read what you write. Read the list for some time
before posting a message, to gather the tone of the list. When replying to a
posting, it is often best to reply to the sender of the posting than to the
whole list. If you simply type 'reply' on your mail program, chances are, the
reply will be sent to the whole list: it is safer to retype the senders address
when replying personally.

Copyright (c) Ceolas, 1995, 1996

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