About This Show
The name “Celtic” is used so often today that I am no longer sure what it is supposed to mean. This show is a non-academic attempt to clarify what I understand to be Celtic music and songs based on my upbringing in the West of Scotland. The Celtic immigrants to these shores brought their music with them and much of it has found its way into contemporary American styles of music such as bluegrass so the show is definitely not going to be all fiddles and bagpipes – although they will be there! Join me for traditional and contemporary tunes, songs and background stories from the Celtic countries along with a strong input from other relevant styles and cultures. I will also give you the correct pronunciation for some of those tongue-twisting Gaelic song titles!
Before moving to the USA twenty-one years ago Steve lived on the Isle of Arran, Scotland, where the Gaelic and Celtic cultures are still strong and vibrant. Music is an important component in that ancient and complex culture so, naturally, he took an interest in music, song and tradition from an early age. Now, many decades later, Steve has published several books on Celtic history and mythology, works for National Geographic as a historian and tour guide on their expedition ships and has hosted Celtic music shows on several FM radio stations across the US. Steve is now very pleased to introduce listeners in Beacon (and everywhere else thanks to the internet) to the music and song of Scotland and Ireland, with a healthy dose of bluegrass and other styles thrown in, embellished with stories and histories of the song, the tune or, often, the musicians.