Scottish Music

National Music

Scottish Music

Apart from the accent, the love of a good ale and the impressive kilt what else do you love about Scotland and it’s people.

Scotland is a wonderful place to be ,with lovely people who are nice and straight forward.  But one under emphasized beauty about Scotland is the traditional music of Scotland.

Music in Scotland goes way back to the Middle Ages as far back we can remember.

The bagpipes and the fiddle are an important part of the Scottish traditional music scene.

The traditional Scottish Music has faced a lot of adversaries to its growth but it has continued to draw strength from its beauty and essence to survive.

It’s continued survival Can be traced to the persistence of certain people and families like that of the MacArthurs, MacCrimmons, Mackays and the MacGregors of Gairloch.

Traditional Scottish Music does not only originate from the use of fiddles and bagpipes.  A good percent come from ballads whose history go farther than that of bagpipes.

They may have started as oral tradition passed in a painstainking fashion from generation to generation. This continued until the 18th century.

The fascination with traditional Scottish Music would continue into the early 18th century especially as the opposition to it mounted by the Kirk family faded.

Scottish Music benefited from the flooding of music by such people as Allan Robert Burns and James Johnson.

The 19th century also saw the popularization of Scottish Music although this time it had a political and academic focus.

The revival of interest in traditional Scottish Music had started and had started to influence classical music. The reach of influence could be best appreciated by thedevelopment of the national school of orchestral and operatic music with composers such as  William Wallace, Alexander Mackenzie,  Learmont Drysdale, John McEwen and Hamish MacCunn.

The World War II might have halted the revival of traditional Scottish Music but the arrival of Radio and TV brought back to consciousness the beauty of Scottish Music. Traditional Scottish Music didn’t survive without some adaptions as it moved through so many years of adversity.

The fusing of different styles across the Atlantic from America created a distinctive style of finger style guitar which is known as the folk baroque. Other adaptions include the Celtic rock which is a variant of British folk rock by some eminent Scottish bands.

Outside Scotland there has been a reconnection with traditional Scottish Music by bands who feel a strong connection to their Celtic roots.

Scottish traditional music is a strong part of the Celtic culture and would remain so for a very long time, despite changes or adaptations it has shown its perseverance no matter the condition, trend or change in times.