How can I even begin to explain…
Pipes. They “speak to me”. They simply hit some primordial chord.
It can not be denied. It simply is. I think it speaks to others, too.
For example, the Indian, Gurkha and Pakistani pipe and drum bands.
We saw in an earlier posting that there were pipes in Argentina.
We’ve found Celts in Anatolia.
We’ve found that Celts formed a foundation of northern Italy.
We’ve found Celts at the center of France and all over England, and obviously, Scotland, and Ireland.
We found hints of Celts in the Tocharians on the edge of ancient China.
We even found that Celts were in the Bavaria / Czech area making beer about 4000 years ago.
Yet I was not prepared for a Czech band still playing the pipes… How many generations ago? How many languages and cultures? How many empires have come and gone. Yet Auld Lang Syne on the pipes persists. Even in Czech. And Spanish. And English. And…
The Celtic Thread (c) is a strong one indeed…
Even dancing at a festival.
How about a Swiss take on Celts in, well, everywhere? (Note that the drum has a South Africa Cape Town location on it while the speaker says they are ‘massed pipes and drums’ from all over, Scotland, Australia, Canada, England, South Africa. In German. ) A people who are everywhere, happy in any language and just getting on about the business of living life.
From small stands
to larger gatherings
Then there are bits still showing up in Turkey. With folk dances and at weddings. Even Islam doesn’t manage to break that thread. Though I think their pipes a bit high pitched…
And need I state that Celtic Women have been warriors from the beginning of time until even today when The Celtic Thread has Woman Warriors as part of the US Military?
There is a power and elegance blended in the Celtic Thread…
While her name, Caitlin van Pyre, speaks of Germanic roots, the way she plays a violin speaks to me in a Celtic voice. Is there a Celtic root somewhere in her past? Persisting even thorough Africa?
Celts. We live, we love, we fight, and we die together.
Roman Imperialists, eat your heart out, you can never be Celts.
Celtic Britain carries on.
I think the proper name of this group is Escala (there are more videos under that name)
We live on many (all?) continents.
We speak many (all?) languages.
We support many cultures on our backs.
We influence cultures around the world.
We are Celts, in all our glory. Even if we don’t have a big ‘hang up’ on speaking any particular language… And as Celts have been spread around the world, more peoples have taken on Celtic ideals. More tribes choose to be part of The Celtic Thread. It is particularly striking when you see things like the police pipes bands in places like the USA where there are folks of many races, colors, and ancestries choosing to follow the old Celtic traditions.
No, I can’t explain it; but I would follow the pipes into Hell itself if asked to do so…
It is in my genes. Add a bit of violin and it becomes heaven anyway ;-)