Video: Caledonia at Castlefest – Celtic Folk Music from Scotland

Caledonia is the Latin name given by the Romans to the land in today’s Scotland,

north of their province of Britannia, beyond the frontier of their empire. The etymology of the name is probably from a P-Celtic source. Its modern usage is as a romantic or poetic name for Scotland as a whole, comparable with Hibernia for Ireland and Cambria for Wales.

The exact location of what the Romans called Caledonia in the early stages of Britannia is uncertain, and the boundaries are unlikely to have been fixed until the building of Hadrian’s Wall. From then onwards, Caledonia stood to the north of the wall, and to the south was the Roman province of Britannia (consisting of most of what is now England and Wales).During the brief Roman military incursions into central and northern Scotland, the Scottish Lowlands were indeed absorbed into the province of Britannia, and the name was also used by the Romans, prior to their conquest of the southern and central parts of the island, to refer to the whole island of Great Britain.

The modern use of “Caledonia” in English and Scots is either as a historical description of northern Britain during the Roman era or as a romantic or poetic name for Scotland as a whole.

In music, “Caledonia” is a popular folk ballad written by Dougie MacLean in 1977 and published in 1979 on an album of the same name; it has since been covered by various other artists, including Amy Macdonald

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Video: “Caledonia” @ Balver Höhle Irish Folk Festival

Rapalje is performing “Caledonia” at The Balver Höhle

The Balve Cave is the biggest cultural cave in Europe. It is located in Balve, Germany. And every year the Festspiele Balver Höhle organization is presenting the Balver Höhle Irish folk & Celtic Music Festival.

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Video: “Caledonia” at Maceál’s – At Rapalje’s home #4

A real crowdpleaser,

again recorded at my home. David plays the Irish bagpipes, or “Uilleann Pipes”, in this song about Scotland.

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Caledonia – Rapalje @ Folk im Schlosshof 2009

The “Folk im Schlosshof Festival” took place in Bonfeld twelve years long, onetime a year, usually in June.

It was one of the best folk festivals in Europe. We are not claiming this without reason, that’s what the musicians, the visitors and the press say. Some of the most prestigious bands like the Dubliners, the Oysterband, Show of Hands, the Levellers, Rapalje and many more played at “Folk im Schlosshof”.

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Video: Caledonia @ Odin’s Krieger Fest Brazil

Live Concert at Odin’s Krieger Fest, São Paulo, Brazil

Romantic Celtic folk song Ballad about Scotland. Written by Dougie MacLean. Well known versions from Celtic Woman, Celtic Thunder, Scrum, Dolores Keane, Amy MacDonald

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Video: Caledonia

Caledonia – with lyrics – Romantic Folk Song Ballad and Scottish folk song about Scotland. Written by Dougie MacLean. Well known versions from Celtic Woman, Celtic Thunder, Scrum, Dolores Keane, Amy MacDonald

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