Celtic Music History

In this section we look at the history of Celtic Music, providing lots of useful resources for further education and research on this wonderful art form.

Celtic music is defined as music that originates from the countries of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The people who live in these locations are known as Celts, which is how the music became known as Celtic music. Celtic music is best described as a type of folk music with a distinctive music and lyrics. And, today Celtic music is played and heard not only in Ireland, Scotland and Wales, but also on a worldwide stage.

History of Celtic Music

Celtic music has been traced back to the 1600's and is still a popular musical genre today.

Celtic music can be defined also as music of the Celt people and has been around for several centuries. Some of the common instruments heard in Celtic music include violin, lute, flute, bagpipe, harp and several other commonly heard instruments. While Celtic music covers various types of music, it is popular for dancing as well as having music sung as a ballad. Celtic music tends to be as varied as a rousing dance tune or as tender as a song about a mother’s love.

While Celtic music has been traced back to the 1600's, it is still one of the world's most popular musical genres. Musicians such as Clannad, Enya, The Chieftains and The Corrs are some of the more famous Celtic musicians of the day. We have put together a few pages of information on Celtic music for you to browse. We hope you enjoy learning more about this musical genre.

Origins of Celtic Music

  • What is Celtic Music? - Information on the origins and history or Celtic music, as well as a definition.
  • Ancient Celtic Music - Background information on the origins and a description of Celtic music.
  • Celtic Culture – Overview of the culture of the Celts over the course of history, including music.
  • Celtic Music Origins – Useful information about the beginnings of traditional Celtic music.

Irish Music

Scottish Music



  • The Dublin Legends - Members of iconic Folk Group ‘The Dubliners’.
  • The Chieftains – Information on the Irish based musical group with information on their music.
  • The Coors – Informative site with information on the Celtic group’s songs and history of the quartet.

Celtic Music Resources

Did You Know?

Music was so important to the ancient Celts that a group evolved called the Bards. Bards were wandering singers, storytellers and poets. A scornful Bard could destroy your reputation with a single song.

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