The term "Celtic music" usually combines Irish traditional music with various other traditional musics, including those of Scotland and the Shetland Islands; Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada; Wales; the Isle of Man; Northumberland, northern England; Brittany, northwest France; Cornwall; and sometimes Galicia in northwestern Spain. The term, though widely used, is eschewed by many traditionalists.
The term is also rather geographically inaccurate, and is often used to refer to music which originated in regions which can not really be considered to be Celtic.
The music is typified by its strong, repeating melodies in a set rhythm, which reflects its background as music to dance to.
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