Main: Celtic Spirit

The bag­pipes of Scot­land, the Bodhrán of Ire­land, harps, fid­dles, vio­lins, fid­dles, whis­tles and drums are all part of Celtic music. Some­times the music is tra­di­tion­al in its feel, some­times it uses tra­di­tion­al instru­ments to bring out a more mod­ern sound. Sam­ba is not some­thing nor­mal­ly asso­ci­at­ed with Celtic music, but you’ll hear it in amongst the tunes today.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Edward Pearse. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme in-world now at, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link:

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2 Responses to “Main: Celtic Spirit”

  1. Alex from Carlisle says:

    Celtic spir­it… with a pic­ture from the Mor­gan Llewellyn book of Harold’s Queen Eadgyth at the Bat­tle of Hat­ings…


    • Elrik Merlin says:

      You’re per­fect­ly cor­rect, of course, and thanks for spot­ting it. Some­times we go for an image that illus­trates the con­cept of a pro­gramme rather than being strict­ly accu­rate. Call it artis­tic licence!

      How­ev­er, it is worth not­ing that Ealdgyth’s first hus­band, Gruffy­dd Ap Llewe­lyn, Prince of Gwynedd and Powys, King of Wales and known as “King of the Britons”, was cer­tain­ly a Celt, which is sure­ly close enough. She would cer­tain­ly have lived as a Celt for a good part of her life (before mar­ry­ing her sec­ond hus­band, who was descend­ed from Vikings IIRC) even though she was born of Sax­on stock. She is shown here at Hast­ings about to be cart­ed off to Chester, we imag­ine, on the order of her broth­ers.

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