The term "Celtic music" encompasses Irish traditional music
and traditional musics
and the Shetland Islands
; Cape Breton Island
and Maritime Canada[?]
; the Isle of Man
; Northumberland (northern England
; and Galicia (northwestern Spain
). The term, though widely used, is eschewed by many traditionalists.
Common characteristic musical forms include jigs[?], reels[?], hornpipes[?], polkas[?], strathspeys[?] (Scotland) and slow airs. Much of the music is typified by strong, repeating melodies in a set rhythm, which reflects a background as music to dance to. Ballads are also common. Largely through the immigration of the so-called "Scotch-Irish", Celtic music was the foundation for traditional "folk" music in the U.S., especially that of Appalachia[?].
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