Okay. I'm a big fan of Irish/Scottish traditional music, but I really don't know much about it. Recently I've been trying to find a good version of the song "Loch Lomond", which is absolutely gorgeous. However, I've found that doing google searches/trying to track one down on a filesharing network is not the best (or most enjoyable) way of finding one. So I guess I'm wondering if anyone out there knows of a nice version of this song. I guess I'm looking for something that preserves the melancholy aspects of the song, with some well-done instrumentation and an authentic feeling. Other than that I'm not too picky on the specifics. I was also wondering where I can find out more about good Irish/Scottish traditional music in general. Google isn't exactly helpful in this regard either. I know of a few bands to look into, but I'd like to know more about the history, the stories behind the songs, and where to find well-done, real traditional music. By this I mean stuff that can't be found on a new-age compilation that invariably has the word "Celtic" on it, and sometimes the words "Moods", "Soul", or "Funkfest". Bonus third part: I also would like to learn how to play some. I've been to a couple of traditional sesuns (sessions), but only to watch, and I haven't been to any recently. Also, I currently live in Minneapolis, where I'm not even sure if there's anyone around here that teaches this. I think the best way to learn this music would be playing in a group, as well, which makes the task more complicated. Any help is much appreciated.
Curious George: Traditional Irish and Scottish Music Two things.