Folk crossovers?

A friend of mine recently introduced me to the Swiss Folk Metal band Eluveitie, which I’m loving, although one of the melodies reminded me of something:

Here is Tri Martolod, played by Alan Stivell, one of the masters of Celtic music. Listen to the first line sung:

And now have a listen to the intro to Eluveitie’s Inis Mona:

The influence of Alan Stivell on the development of Folk Metal shouldn’t be surprising, but it’s interesting to see some of the direct references.

That is all.

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