Celtic music, sometimes called fairy music, is a soothing combination of harps, flutes, lutes, and other stringed or wind instruments designed to be the background music for a relaxed life.
While most people think of Ireland when they hear the word Celtic, the term actually applies to all of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, as well as the Cornish and Gaelic people. Celtic even expands to other regions.
Fretted instruments are often associated with the ancient Celtic music, but most of the instruments actually originated in Greece long before becoming popular in the Celtic tradition and include Mandolins or banjos. As long as we’re on the subject, Celtic is pronounced with a hard “K” unless you are a sports fan.
“Traditional” Celtic musical instruments include fiddles and flutes, accordions, and the ones previously mentioned. At one time these instruments were present at every big event in the Isles and beyond.
New Age Celtic Music Enthusiasts
Today with the rise in popularity of “New Age” music, Celtic tunes are also associated with meditation tapes, CDs, and digital downloads. Many are found in the self-help section of local and online bookstores and also in the instrumental section of your local music store (do they still call them “record” stores?)
Stephen Rhodes has been putting out his version of Celtic music CDs since 1997. His first album was titled “First Love” and is a collection of soothing music that has been reviewed and promoted as excellent meditation music to help you fall asleep. The latest faeries and dreams inspired music compilation by Stephen Rhodes CD is called “Music for Healing” which was released back in 2005 and still has equally good reviews.
Soothing Sleeping & Easy Listening Music
Not all soothing fairy and sleeping music is found in the meditation section. “Fairytale” was released way back in 1987 consisting of instrumental music by world-renowned musician and vocalist Enya. Fairytale by Enya can be found in the Enya section as well as the instrumental section.
Some other Celtic music CD’s are a compilation of various artists and have an eclectic set of both soothing and more upbeat sounds. These CDs are perfect for listening to while out in the garden, where along with you the fairies can enjoy, too.
Two titles that continue to be popular are “The Celtic Circle” and “Mystic Irish Rain.” The perfect outdoor fairy music to have at your next morning dew and fairy circle celebration!