What are the best celtic / fantasy music artists currently active? Of course the concept of celtic music / fantasy music has to be understood more broadly than the purists think. The actual folk music is one thing, but nowadays when we use the term “celtic music” or “fantasy music” we usually mean the instrumental, cinematic new age or epic kind of sound that is heavily influenced and inspired by both the actual folk music but more importantly film music and soundtrack music in general. In my opinion the most interesting artists currently active are as follow:
Matti Paalanen – Matti’s celtic music / fantasy music channel on youtube
Matti is one of those artists that knows how to create interesting and emotional tunes with often simplistic and minimal structures. Especially his older music he published under Celestial Aeon Project name are often very retro sounding, but still manage to create feeling of dream, celtic fantasy and elven atmosphere. In the past few months he has begun to move more towards modern hybrid trailer music and more epic sound, but he still manages to hold onto that certain sense of “magic” in his tunes without sounding too similar to others.
Adrian von Ziegler – Adrian von Ziegler on youtube
Adrian has gained a massive following on his youtube channel and the reason is quite clear – he manages to dish out stable quality material years in years out. If Adrian publishes a tune, you have quite good sense of what you are going to hear. He manages to combine the best of both worlds when it comes to folk influences and modern soundtrack sound.
Antti Martikainen – Antti Martikainen on youtube
Antti has honed his skills when it comes to truly epic and majestic sound and he has definitely found his “style”. He manages to create truly massive and modern tunes that sometimes sound like Nightwish in a good way. If you are looking for that inspiration for a heroic feats, Martikainen will deliver!
Brunuhville – Brunuhville on youtube
Brunuhville is another big name that has really stable fan following. And no wonder – most of his tunes are made with meticulous accuracy and level of detail and his tools are top notch premium sound libraries that bring him up to almost Two Steps From Hell level of quality. He usually creates truly emotional and inspiring tunes with powerful feeling.
Peter Gundry – Peter on youtube
Peter resides in the more “dark” corner of this music genre. Most of his tunes are brooding and tension building, but still easily recognizable to dwell in the same realm as the other artists on this page. If you are not afraid of the dark, Peter’s music will offer memorable moments.