Thursday, March 17, 2011
SYMBOLS OF ST. PATRICK'S DAY
Music, too, is a strong segment of Irish culture. The Celts had an oral culture, where religion, legend and history were passed from one generation to the next by way of stories and songs.
After being conquered by the English and forbidden to speak their own language, the Irish, like other oppressed peoples turned to music to help them remember important events and hold on to their heritage and history. Instruments through centuries include the fiddle, the uilleann pipes (a sort of elaborate bagpipe), the tin whistle (a type of flute mad of nickel, brass or allyminum) and the bodhran, an ancient type of frame drum.