Today’s programme looks at the expansion of Celtic music and themes into several different genres of modern music. We’re featuring musicians and music that start from the Celtic tradition and take it forward into other realms, from Joanie Madden to
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From the Library: Celtic Moods

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by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 27 March, 2010

Today’s programme looks at the expansion of Celtic music and themes into several different genres of modern music.

We’re featuring musicians and music that start from the Celtic tradition and take it forward into other realms, from Joanie Madden to Mendelssohn to Geraldo and his Orchestra; from thunderously spectacular orchestral arrangements (you’ll hear several of those today) in the wake of Riverdance, to inspiring music for a small Celtic ensemble and organ, played in the largest Gothic space in the world.

Yes, you will find quite a number of traditional tunes in today’s programme, but they may not be arranged quite as you might expect. And yes, there are quite a few traditional musicians here too – but they are not always performing traditionally (although there are quite a number of traditional performances in today’s programme too).

Today, revel in the lush orchestrations of Erich Kunzel and Phil Coulter, for example; listen to Celtic Thunder and Celtic Woman; and enjoy an extensive collection of exactly what it says on the tin: Celtic Moods.

From the Library is produced by Radio Riel in conjunction with the Alexandrian Free Library Consortium of Second Life. You can listen to the programme now at http://main.radioriel.org – or click here to link straight to your player if your browser is set up to do so. Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin.

For more information on the Alexandrian Free Library, current exhibits and the work of Consortium members in general, please visit the Alexandrian Free Library website, or one of their branches in-world.

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