Celtic "Soul" Music?
As ye’s should know by now the acronym (or initialisation) ITM hammers my mammaries (ie gets on my t!ts) big time - but that’s just me. Or is it me?
So, on the same cringe-whinge, how many of the rest of youse out there cringe, even just ever so slightly, when you hear what we play, described as Celtic Soul Music?
No-one? Oh, is that right? Let me tell you why I do…no I don’t really, I just grimace an expression registering something between bemusement and pained forgiveness…
1. The term "Celtic" really refers to a linguistic branch of Indo-European languages. Just because Welsh, Breton and Cornish Brythonnic languages are related to Irish Manx and Scots Gaelic languages, even though the gaels do q rather than p, that doesn’t mean their folk music traditions are comparable. I’d like to read evidence to the contrary. English is spoken in the West Indies. So do they have many Morris sides down there? Please fire away.
2. Soul Music is a specific term referring to an African American musical form which, and I’m no expert on this one, came about in the 1960’s as a sub-species and hybrid of Jazz and Gospel, with Country thrown in. Initial main exponents were Sam Cook, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave etc. The Soul term I believe came from the Gospel influence.
But really, if you think about it, ALL music is soul music. By definition. (It’s like a water company saying our water is wetter than anyone elses - ie like saying, soul music has more soul than any other other music…) Unless the music is made up by a robot. Or if you don’t think humans have souls…
Discuss, if you feel inclined (nobody’s forcing you…._