The Celtic Music Fan

Staying true to the roots while having a firm grip on the present!

Check Out Wales-based Celtic-Classical Crossover band, The Meadows!

I said several hours ago, that I am excited to check the inbox of The Celtic Music Fan Facebook page. You just don’t know what’s coming in (although you have … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Ashokan Farewell and McIlroy Guitars.

His arrangement of The Ashokan Farewell for acoustic guitar. Played on a McIlroy AJ16 Dermot McIlroy is a versatile artist. Apart from playing in his project bands, he is also a … Continue reading

February 6, 2015 · 2 Comments

Jamie Smith’s Mabon: Dedicated Tour of Wales!(Plus free song download)

  Good news and good song! The great lads of Welsh Celtic band Jamie Smith’s Mabon is finally doing a dedicated tour all over their own county of Wales. After … Continue reading

October 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Jamie Smith:”I have been singing for many years.” (Interview)

Check out our column Huzzah! Featuring: Sue Aston, Leza Mesiah,  Carlos Nuñez and Solas. The phenomenal Welsh singer/songwriter/instrumentalist Jamie Smith talks to The Celtic Music Fan about recording, performing and … Continue reading

February 5, 2013 · 5 Comments

The Universal Welshman: Interview with Ceri Rhys Matthews

Also in this edition: Gaitafolia and Featured performance:Gillian Boucher (fiddle), Seph Peters(banjo), Anna Ludlow(fiddle) and Mary Beth Carty(guitar) Ceri Rhys Matthews talks about what it means to be a musician … Continue reading

November 27, 2012 · 4 Comments

Jamie Smith’s MABON in South of Wales this Summer! Thursday, 19 July 2012

Welsh readers, get ready for J S Mabon @ The Muni!Thursday, 19 July 2012. Apart from the much anticipated new album from this amazing Welsh band, fans in their homeland will … Continue reading

July 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

Chat with Iolo Whelan of Jamie Smith’s MABON

Jamie Smith’s MABON:  Concerts, changes and the new album. I posted my first article about Jamie Smith’s MABON in May 5,  2010. Back then the band were known as Mabon. … Continue reading

June 5, 2012 · 3 Comments

Abagail Grey;Visually Explosive

Celtsmith is a Welsh band led by Derek Smith . Looks familiar? Well that’s because he is directly related to Jamie Smith of Jamie Smith’s Mabon. He is also the … Continue reading

March 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

Calan is out with Jonah

These days I feel I am a bit behind my usual posts. You know why? It is because I am getting updates from left to right. There are amazing artists … Continue reading

February 27, 2012 · 1 Comment

canu rhydd by Fernhill

Heavenly Welsh Band Fernhill I heard about Calan and Fernhill from Idris Morris Jones of BBCRadio5 Radio Cymru which is focused on Welsh music. I was trying to come up … Continue reading

February 26, 2012 · 4 Comments

National Eisteddfod of Wales Discovery:Esyllt Tudur

National Eisteddfod of Wales attracts up to 160,000 visitors. The National Eisteddfod has been attracting foreign visitors annually and numbers increased up to 160,000 attendees. It  costs around £2.8m to … Continue reading

November 5, 2010 · 4 Comments

Life After Catatonia,Cerys Matthews Goes Celtic

Ex-Catatonia singer Cerys Matthews performing Welsh traditional ‘ Ar Lan Y Mor’ in front of a small audience in Rhosygilwen, Pembrokeshire. Catatonia were a highly melodic alternative band in the … Continue reading

November 3, 2010 · 1 Comment

Happy, Hoppy Welsh Folk Dancing

Eureka! It is nice to know that Wales closely resemble that of Brittany when it comes to dancing(and language too). I was looking for simple Welsh tunes when I stumbled … Continue reading

July 14, 2010 · 4 Comments

Welsh Celtic Music:Carreg Lafar

Now that we have explored the traditional music of Wales, let me introduce you to another band.Carreg Lafar was formed in Cardiff Wales. In Welsh the name means ‘speaking stone’. … Continue reading

June 16, 2009 · Leave a comment

Ceredwen:Getting to know Welsh Celtic music

  Our telescope moves to Wales.If you don’t know how Welsh Celtic music sounds like, then you have to check out Ceredwen.The name comes from the Celtic goddess of inspiration and … Continue reading

June 5, 2009 · Leave a comment



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