Is Galician music really all that Celtic?
I was just thinking about this and decided to bring it up to the community. I’m not sure why I decided to do it right now.
From what little Galician music I’ve heard, I can’t say that there’s much left in it I would call "Celtic" per se, if there is such a thing. Yes, they have bagpipes, but most of Europe had bagpipes at one point. I never really hear pentatonic/hexatonic scales or modes in their music, what I hear are a lot of major, harmonic minor, and Shephardic scales.
So I pose the question: is there really anything Celtic in their music? Is there really anything Celtic about that region at all, aside from tenuous cultural connections and a little romanticism? Celtic seems to be a pretty slippery term that people throw around freely these days.