Fiamma Fumana

In northern Italy there is an area that, historically, was Celtic. I’d figured that by now it was entirely absorbed “Into The Body” and would have been strongly italicized…

Now, I’ve got a general thesis that there is a Celtic Thread (c) running through a lot of history. In many countries. So you would think that I’d have “caught on” to the idea that the Northern Celts of Italy might just have a bit more “spunk” than to be absorbed into the Roman Ethos and evaporate… Yet, we’ve done it before…. There are old Celtic lands from Brittany to Tocharian fields that now speak other languages and sing other songs….

Yet the Celtic Thread is a strong one, lad, and it d’nay yield the field easily. Especially strong is the Celtic ideal of Woman as strong and free, not the same as man, but equal at least…

So I’m watching “World Music” on “Link TV” (a very “left wing” public tv channel that I just love for a variety of reasons… Oh, wait, I’ve been accused of being “Right Wing” so I can’t possibly like it /sarcoff> ) and what should pop up but an ITALIAN group… with a curly haired redhead on bagpipes…

OK, I”m pretty good at taking ‘hard left turns’ by surprise ( in fact, I kind of seek them out ;-) but this was a significant one… The theme of the music was modern, but I could hear, and feel, the Celtic Thread inside of it…

So, you give it a listen. Do you hear it too?

Oh, notice that the black lady is running the mix board and maybe also doing keyboard, it’s a bit hard to tell… but yeah, as of now there are a fair number of blacks who have picked up, or inherited, the Celtic Thread…

So here we have yet another example of the Celt, changing language, nationality, and over thousands of years just sort of floating back up…

Now if only she had a .367 Magnum Revolver or a 9mm Cz on those swiveling hips…

You can’t keep a good man down. Nor a good Celtic Woman either…

Yeah, I’m about 6 or 7 Gordon Biersch Märzen “into it” at the moment, and loving it. (You will remember that earlier we learned that the “beer” area of Germany was originally populated by Celts, making beer, long before the Germans and Czechs were invited over to the party, or knew what beer was… ;-)

So you get the music video thing, instead of the WSW or the “The Arabs are Revolting, yes aren’t they” for this evening.

Everybody needs a little “down time” from time to time… no matter what language we’re using today or what continent we happen to be sitting on now… Celts rule, Romans drool ;-)

Then there is something infectious about the ‘mini guitar’ the guy is playing in this clip. It has an almost Zydeco nature to it. So now I’m wondering if those “french” folks came from the Celtic edge…

and we’ve got some Blacks with a woman lead and a Zydeco beat:

Have I said lately that “Celt’s rule, Romans drool” ?

Just wonder’n…

OK, I thought about including this clip with the “tag line” of “Islamists, eat your heart out” but decided “That would be wrong” ;-0 WARNING if you are prone to blushing on sexual innuendo, do NOT watch this clip.

OK the visuals on this one are not the greatest, but it reminds me of the Zydeco of my youth long ago…

So, you wannabes you, what does it take to be a Celt / Nawlines Zyteco / EyteTaleen / Irish ?

Not a whole lot. You gotta FEEL it, you gotta WANT it, and you gotta DO it, but that’s about it.

It doesn’t matta what language you speak, what color you are, what country you are from, or goin’ to; all you gotta do is FEEL the music, have it move you, and know in your heart that somewhere, some time, some how, some one had a holt’ of The Celtic Thread… even if it’s jus you…

Don’t think so? Ok, how about a visit to Argentina?

Have I said lately “Celts Rule, Romans drool?” ;-)

So, at the end of the day, you may conquer us you may dominate us, and you may replace our language and our sense of who we are.

Then we will replace you.

Because we ‘are who we are’ and we know a good party when we see one…

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A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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9 Responses to Fiamma Fumana

  1. George says:

    That small guitar looks like a Puerto Rican cuatro.

  2. Malaga View says:

    One of the reasons I enjoy Spain so much is that I get introduced to all sorts of new people, perspectives and peccadilloes… sometimes these introductions are really amazing… sometimes not so… and sometimes these introductions back track… a wonderful example is Loreena McKennitt

    Loreena Isabel Irene McKennitt is a Canadian singer, composer, harpist, accordionist and pianist who writes, records and performs world music with Celtic and Middle Eastern themes. McKennitt is known for her refined, warbling soprano vocals. She has sold more than 14 million records worldwide.

    Take a look at her web site and you have lots of language options: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Turkish, Greek, Dutch, Polish, Arabic, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Hebrew… that is some global resonance!

    Now this lady can pack to the rafters the Cervantes Theatre in Malaga… she is even allowed to fill the night air of the Alhambra in Granada with her magic… so I guess it is no surprise that I was introduced to her music by a Spanish red head living in Andalusia… the connection with the Celtic culture is alive and kicking globally…

    For me the connections can be truly electrifying… a personal favourite… that fills my head and heart with joy every time…


  3. George says:

    Malaga View: Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for reminding me of her.

  4. Malaga View says:

    Out of interest I have just done some digging into another of my amazing Spanish introductions… the musician / singer-songwriter / film director / painter / poet Luis Eduardo Aute… who is incidentally playing at the Cervantes theatre in Malaga next month… 68 years old and still rolling…

    Luis Eduardo Aute was born in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, on September 13, 1943. His father, a Catalan (from Catalonia, Spain), had been working in that country since 1919, for a tobacco company, and was married to a Filipina of Spanish descent.[2] In his childhood, Aute studied at the De La Salle School, where he learned English and Tagalog, which is used within his family. At an early age he showed great ability as a painter and sketcher. Another childhood passion was cinema; his interest in filmmaking was abetted by his parents’ giving him an 8 mm camera, which he used to produce home-made movies with his friends.

    At 8 years old, he travelled to Spain for the first time. In Madrid, with the Hotel Avenida Orchestra, he sang for the first time in public, interpreting the song Las hojas muertas (The Dead Leaves). At age 9 he watched “On the Waterfront”, a movie that had a powerful influence on him and inspired him to write his first poems in English. Another cinematic influence at that age was the movie Niagara, where he discovered the eroticism and sensuality of Marilyn Monroe.

    When I looked at his entry in Wikipedia the first thing that stuck me was the colour of his hair… another example that seems to lend support to your hypothesis… there is a very strong cultural thread that thrives on duality and fusion… that revels and relishes in that duality and fusion… truly a band of brothers that stretches around the world… amazed!

    Another personal fusion favourite :-)

  5. Verity Jones says:

    @Malaga View

    I’d heard of Lorenna McKennit – not bad at all.

    Both the songs are based on traditional folk songs and the Wikipedia pages are interesting:
    The Bonny Swans:
    She moved though the fair:

    My young love said to me,
    My mother won’t mind
    And my father won’t slight you
    For your lack of kind.

    “…lack of kine” seems to fit better
    kine=cattle – so the dowry

    Love Zydeco and musical fusions in general, however some are just “a fusion too far”, perhaps mixing too many styles, or ingredients that don’t mix. (Hmm – bad fusion = homogenisation? so that everything starts to sound the same? ;-) )

  6. pyromancer76 says:

    “Now if only she had a .367 Magnum Revolver or a 9mm Cz on those swiveling hips…” You can’t tell! Take a look at this marvelous video:

  7. tckev says:

    Take some time to look up Kathryn Tickell. Red haired and plays the Cumbrian and Northumbrian Pipes (earlier relative of bagpipes).
    She’s on YouTube playing many pieces – my favorite is her version of ‘Lads of Alnwick’

  8. Francisco says:

    As far as I know, one characteristic of the Celts when the Romans spread, was that they did not like to submit easily to doing things the Roman way, so they retreated north in all the countries they lived, especially in Spain, France and Italy. A few years ago I read an article attempting to trace the migration of a tribe of Celtic fishermen from northwestern Spain to the British isles some 6,000 years ago. There are many Celtic settlements in that region (Galicia) as well as all over northern Spain and Portugal. There are all kinds of stories about the Celts and celtic identity, this is just one of them:

    Ancient Britons come mainly from Spain
    Daily Mail
    Last updated at 12:04 20 September 2006

    Scientists have discovered the British are descended from a tribe of Spanish fishermen. DNA analysis has found the Celts Britain’s indigenous population have an almost identical genetic “fingerprint” to a tribe of Iberians from the coastal regions of Spain who crossed the Bay of Biscay almost 6,000 years ago.

    People of Celtic ancestry were thought to have descended from tribes of central Europe. But Bryan Sykes, professor of human genetics at Oxford University, said: “About 6,000 years ago Iberians developed ocean-going boats that enabled them to push up the Channel.

    “Before they arrived, there were some human inhabitants of Britain, but only a few thousand. These people were later subsumed into a larger Celtic tribe… the majority of people in the British Isles are actually descended from the Spanish.”

    A team led by Professor Sykes who is soon to publish the first DNA map of the British Isles spent five years taking DNA samples from 10,000 volunteers in Britain and Ireland, in an effort to produce a map of our genetic roots.

    The most common genetic fingerprint belongs to the Celtic clan, which Professor Sykes has called “Oisin”. After that, the next most widespread originally belonged to tribes of Danish and Norse Vikings. Small numbers of today’s Britons are also descended from north African, Middle Eastern and Roman clans.

    These DNA fingerprints have enabled Professor Sykes to create the first genetic maps of the British Isles, which are analysed in his book Blood Of The Isles, published this week. The maps show that Celts are most dominant in Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

    But the Celtic clan is also strongly represented elsewhere in the British Isles. “Although Celts have previously thought of themselves as being genetically different from the English, this is emphatically not the case,” said Professor Sykes.

  9. Sera says:

    While we are on the subject of Celtic singers… one of my favorites

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