Let me know what you think.
Thanks for bringing Mr. Alan to my attention. I always appreciate being exposed to new genre's and artists. But to be honest with you, I personally thought his style sounded a bit new agey and couldn't get the language as it didn't sound like Gaelic. I thought it sounded sort of like French and then I Googled him and found I wasn't too far off; he's a Breton from Brittany- meaning he's a Celt from a particular area in France. Being a Celt, his language is Celtic, but it's not Gaelic. As for his music, I wouldn't necessarily classify it as Celtic per se, though it does incorporate much of Breton culture. Mr. Alan is said to incorporate many different styles in his music and I think that's very obvious. When listening to Celtic music (which is a good deal of the time as I'm learning to play the feadóg [the tinwhistle]), I prefer the music of Éire i.e Ireland.
Thanks for the info. I'm pretty much a strictly conscious reggae man these days, but Alan Stivell always stirs my spirit. Some of his stuff does sound a bit New Agey, which I don't care for either. But a lot of his stuff is pretty raw but still very tight musically. Check out some of his harp instrumentals. Beautiful stuff. He really incorporates a unique array of instruments which I find uniquely appealing.
BTW, were you able to decipher any of his lyrics? I wonder if he has any Christian lyrics, or if its mostly Celtic folk lyrics. I'm interested to know.
I had a good friend who played bagpipes and all kinds of Irish flutes that I forget the names of. He toured briefly with Michael Card, but got fed up with him pretty fast. He was a talented guy. We lost touch over the years, but he had never heard of Alan Stivell until I brought him to his attention. He loved it.
On another note... I was a huge U2 fan in the early 80's. My friends laughed at me when I told them about U2, 'cause they'd never heard of them. I first heard them on an alternative college radio station in Atlanta, where I'm from. I wasn't a Christian at the time, but I remember being impressed by the fact that they all professed to be Christians (at least 3 of them anyway). Now I can't stand them. After about their 4th album I thought they really sold out. Too bad, cause they were good when they were young and hungry.