I’m a music nut and want to work in the music industry. I’m mostly a folkie and a Celtophile…I am obsessed with Celtic folk and folk rock. By Celtic I mean the traditional folksongs like working songs (sea shanties and such), airs and storytelling songs from the British Isles, as well as traditional Celtic instrumental music like the fiddle jigs and reels and such. I sing and play bodhran, an ancient Irish drum, as well as a mediocre guitar, a wee bit of piano, and have dabbled in tinwhistle, fiddle, and bouzouki (basically a giant mandolin, only an octave lower…originally a Greek instrument but was adapted into Irish tunes).
My absolute favourite band is Celt folk rock band from Newfoundland (has a long history of Scottish/Irish/English settlement, and pirates!) called Great Big Sea! A close second is another Celtic folk rock band called Gaelic Storm, which occasionally incorporates some world elements into their music…like didgeridoo! (I just love saying the name of that instrument!) I also absolutely love Flogging Molly, an Irish punk band, as well as some other random punk/folk-punk.
I’m a huge fan of other folk artists like Ani DiFranco and the Indigo Girls, and older stuff like Bob Dylan. I also like newer bluegrass…which is really just Celtic music after it developed in Appalachia. And while she’s not really a folk artist, I love love love Tori Amos, at least her older stuff. I still listen to Little Earthquakes on a regular basis.
I trained in musical theatre and classical music, so I still listen to that from time to time too.