Music Thursday: Celtic Woman “Reels”

Because Monday is already taken. This column will feature music I listen to when I write, or maybe sometimes music I just like (and therefore think everyone else should, too).

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Celtic fiddle.  Fiddle playing has a long and rich tradition in Ireland, and Irish fiddling has had a huge influence on American folk, bluegrass, and country music. Playing the fiddle is different from classical violin playing in a number of ways, from how the fiddler holds the instrument to how he or she draws the bow across the strings. Also, fiddle music was traditionally learned by ear. Take a listen, and again I dare you not to dance in your chair.

The fiddler is Máiréad Nesbitt, an Irish musician. She is playing traditional Irish reels, meant for dancing. Incidentally, the drummers are playing bodhráns, traditional Irish drums.

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