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101. Medicine Woman
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102. Road Rage
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103. Coulter Classics
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104. Poet: Romance for Cello
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105. Legends of the Goddess
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106. Celtic Legacy: A Global Celtic
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107. Songs from the Rain
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108. Live in Galway
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109. Essential Anuna
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110. Grace & Pride the Anthology
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101. Medicine Woman
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Medwyn Goodall uses traditional instruments and rhythms to celebrate the power of the Feminine. Through this balance, we can achieve a greater harmony with the expansive, nurturing side of ourselves. A lively, authentic performance. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Five stars are not enough!
"Medicine Woman" -- Exotic, beautiful, joyous, uplifting, haunting music accompanied by Peruvian instruments. I bought this cd in a Goddess-spirituality shop a few years ago without having previously heard it. I was attracted by the stunning cover illustration of the Jaguar Shamaness. Well, the music is even more gorgeous than the illustration! Every track is wonderful. You can listen to it over and over. Here's ethnic music with an international appeal... my friends overseas have practically worn out the cassette I sent them. Strongly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars Special
I consider "Medicine Woman" a very special work.

Goodall is considerd to be an outstanding flute player, which he is, but I find his guitar technique outstanding. I feel the guitar work that he does on "Talisman" is as good as anything that I have ever heard, it sounds so simple but is very complex.
The only regret that I have is that he does not include more guitar work in his offerings.

There is a very even quality about his music which is probably due to the fact that he plays all of the instruments in his recordings (he plays nine instruments).

We have several of his CDs and I personnally consider "Medicine Woman" the best of a very good lot.

I find "Medicine Woman" one of those rare CDs were there is not one piece that I would consider "filler", to the contrary the entire CD is exceptional. I do not have one or two favorites on this CD, the whole CD is a favorite of mine.

5-0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise.
I never heard of Medwyn Goodall ?! ... I love different kind of music : from Kraftwerk to Kitaro . And this what this music reminded me - Kitaro , Deep Forest , Anigma . But it is not the same , just a little different . I defenatly fell in love with the pan fluite , which is used in most of the tracks on this album .
This music written with the use of traditional South American instruments and it relexes you in a strange way - your body getting soft and kind of weak , but your mind getting strong and kind of ready to take of and fly . I love this felling !

5-0 out of 5 stars NEVER CLOYING
This is probably my favorite CD. It would definitely be my one desert island CD. I listen to it in the morning, hop in my truck and listen to it while driving. Then, when I get home, it's still playing because I didn't shut it off. It's amazing how this CD never cloys my brain by over-playing. It is bright yet haunting, dramatic yet soothing, melodic yet never too sweet. Medicine Woman II is livelier and more upbeat, and I love it. However, I play this CD more than I play all my others combined. I want to buy this CD for friends and relatives. Everyone should hear it. It's impossible that anyone would ever dislike it.

5-0 out of 5 stars sensuous and soothing!!
i discovered this cd by accident in a new age store that was closing. i paid 2 bucks for it, and have since started a medwyn goodall collection!! this cd is so soothing, and sexy!! my boyfriend and i love it!! ... Read more


102. Road Rage
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The songs of Canadian band Great Big Sea are equal parts modern pop and rousing Dubliners-style Irish music. Road Rage is a live CD that was recorded over a three-month period in front of a series of large and enthusiastic audiences. The tracks include some of the band's most popular songs such as "When I'm Up," "Everything Shines," and "Consequence Free," which the band performs energetically on acoustic guitars, fiddles, flutes, and bodhrans. Also included are modern arrangements of old Irish songs like "Old Black Rum," "I'm a Rover," and "General Taylor," which feature some nice harmony singing from the band and lusty backing vocals from the crowd. If you've seen Great Big Sea in concert, Road Rage will stand as an excellent memento of the show. And if you've never heard or seen them before, this live CD is a great introduction to their exciting contemporary Celtic music. --Michael Simmons ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Road Rage captures best of Great Big Sea
Great Big Sea is a very popular band from Newfoundland, Canada who's fame and support continues to grow in other places as well. They play an exciting mix of traditional and original material that is heaped over with testosterone-driven male harmonies. In a world of over-produced studio albums by artists who's live show can never match their CD's this disc proves that there a still a few bands out there that have earned their following one show at a time.

If you have never heard this band before, this album gives you a perfect place to start because it captures all the best qualities of Great Big Sea playing a selection of their best material all in one place. This CD will make you a fan....

5-0 out of 5 stars I simply cannot get tired this CD!
I was first introduced to this band by a nineteen year old friend of my seventeen year old daughter. When he asked me on a very long car ride home from a writers conference "do you mind if a put in a cd, I clinched my 43 year old teeth, in a mother of five grin, and said "certainly not, please help yourself." and prepared myself for what ever ugliness was going to plauge me for the ride home. When the first drumbeats of "Donkey Riding" landed on my folk music loving ears, I just could't stop listening to this CD!I bought it the next day. Every song, every one, reached me and since have carried me on long walks, and long nights. I can't pin point why, but the enery in these songs lifts me (like the song.) The driving acoustic guitar, the harmony, the simple interaction between band and audience makes this live mixed concert album new to me, every time I listen. This is a must buy for folk music lovers, and ktchen party singers evewrywhere.

5-0 out of 5 stars rant and roar, is exactly what it is.
What a great cd, perfect for a night together with friends or family, or to jam with yourself. I saw them on canadian tv and thought I'd order the cd, and was not disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Road Rage for Road Trips!
A friend loaned me this CD the day before I took a cross-country train trip. He didn't tell me much about Great Big Sea so when I heard their music, I was enthralled. Very rarely do I really like a musician/band's style and material so it means a lot to say that I listened to Road Rage for the ENTIRE TRIP. That is four days, round-trip. I saw them in concert this fall and felt that the CD portrayed the energy and sound wonderfully. This is a great album to start with on the road to becoming a full-fledged Great Big Sea fan. The only drawback is that the fans are so friendly and fun that they don't come with the CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Can't get enough of it
I first heard this band on a sailing trip in the BVI when a few Canadien kids from Newfoundland played it for us. This album from start to finish is awesome ... Read more


103. Coulter Classics
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104. Poet: Romance for Cello
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Poet Romances for Cello - An Aural and a Visual Treat
I am a cellist who has found this music to be a wonderful listening and playing experience. I often play along and improvise a second cello part to Michael Hoppe's beautiful, melodic lines. He is not one who is afraid to express emotion in his music and Martin Tillmann's playing is more than up to the task with his romantic and lush tone.

While I enjoy playing 'classical' pieces for cello, I have been searching for more modern pieces that really speak to the heart. This disc certainly does that. It has become one of the very favorites in my collection. Each composition has its own characteristic feeling and mood, much as does each of the photographs and poems. The whole concept is quite creative and unique. The photographs of the poets were taken by Michael Hoppe's grandfather, Emil, who was an eminent photographer in the early and middle part of the 20th century in England. Each piece has been composed by Michael Hoppe to reflect the feelings of the poem and each poem is accompanied by one of his grandfather's photographs.

My favorites are 'Renouncement' for the poet Alice Meynell' for its depth of emotional feeling. Another favorite is 'Moon Ghosts' for Aldous Huxley, with its soaring lines and the wonderful way in which the cello and synthesizer are used. The plucked cello string has a unique musical quality that is used far too seldomly. 'Prayer' for Kahlil Gibran is a very deeply touching piece that puts me in mind, more from a feeling point than an musical one, of classical pieces by Bloch and Bruch. The use of arpeggios in this piece is a wonderful touch, as is the use of the lower register of the cello. Michael Hoppe writes so well for the cello and explores the lower, middle and higher sounds of the cello very effectively.

The rest of the pieces on the disc are each unique and express in musical terms the poems that have been chosen for the Emil Hoppe portraits. I love them all. This disc is, as you have probably gathered by now, very highly recommended to those looking for a melodic and deeply moving, musical listening experience.

5-0 out of 5 stars Healing, haunting, soothing
This cd literally put me to sleep each night during a particular sad and traumatic time in my life. Listening to this music was the most healing and therapeutic thing I could have done for myself then; yet I continue to enjoy it today (nearly 5 years later). Michael Hoppe's talent as a writer is incredible, and Martin Tilman can make the cello talk (almost weep) like no other artist I've ever heard. I've search high and low for another cd that can do what this one does for me. The closest thing I've come across is another Hoppe cd called Unforgetting Heart; however, if I could take but one cd with me for a great length of time, it would be the Poet, hands down.

5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, and oh, just downright moving
Well, well, well, I have found a new passion... the cello. Never even thought about it before til I heard this CD... it was a total fluke. When I'm not listening to this heartfelt music, I am humming it! Now I'm ready to buy a cello and learn to play. Til I figure it out, I'll listen to more of Hoppe & Tillman's music. Multiple Oh's!

5-0 out of 5 stars For peace in your day, a must have!
This is probably the most gorgeous and restful music I have ever heard. Every single piece is quiet and reflective. I have given it as a gift to all my friends, for whom the time for reflection and tranquility is a must. A treasure, this album is!

5-0 out of 5 stars Made me smile; made me cry
Normally you would think of the caption above as a movie review, but this cd is SO good that it made had that effect on me.
Tha package is great with pictures of all of the represented poets along with one of their poems, but this is all about the MUSIC. Ahhh the music!!! In this case there is no hyperbole with the use of beautiful. As each tune plays, I think that it cannot get any better and then the next one comes along and the same feeling comes around again.
An incredible cello album!! ... Read more


105. Legends of the Goddess
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Celtic music is at the heart of Laura Powers' style which also incorporates New Age, Pop and Folk elements.The theme of her current project revolves around the mythology of the Celtic goddess.The production features Irish flute, mandolin, cello and Uileann pipes which provide the background for richly layered vocals.From songs like the mythical "Morrighan's Quest" to "My Avalon" her music captures the heart and soothes the spirit. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A beautiful trip back in time...
This beautiful, melodic music just carries me away to a wonderful place inside of myself and back in time. My favorites are "My Avalon," "I Surrender All," and "Circle of Stone." I loved the book "The Mists of Avalon" and this CD has the same beautiful magic as the book. The lyrics in the song "My Avalon" I especially relate to. Laura Powers takes you beyond Celtic music to a fusion of ancient, modern, and folk music that I haven't heard anywhere else. Her songs evoke the past but with modern emotions. They are very powerful, soothing, and lovely.

5-0 out of 5 stars Legends of the Goddess
After watching the recent miniseries "The Mists of Avalon", I visited the CD "Legends of the Goddess" by Laura Powers. It was a great companion for the video experience, as common themes run through both pieces. Though the CD features instruments from classic Celtic music, it's brought up to date with wonderfully lush production & vocals. P.S. Nice to hear strong songwriting in this genre.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice
Ever since I heard 'Circle of Stone,' I knew I had to get the CD. The vocals are beautiful but the music can sound a bit like pop music at times. The lyrics themselves are wonderful, but 'Morrighan's Quest' paints a vision of a more fluffy goddess than the dark warrior she is. Other than that nitpick, the album is wonderful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Goddess Praise!!
This CD is one of the best in New Age/Celtic CD's out there. Laura has a way to capture the moment, allow you to escape and dream, it has an upbeat flare as well as songs that touch the spirit and heart. It tends to grow on you. She is in my top list of favorite female celtic vocalists! This CD inspires and is mood moving and enchanting!

2-0 out of 5 stars Not very impressive
When I heard that Laura Powers was simular to Loreena Mckennit I rushed to get this cd. I was very disappointed. Laura Powers Has a lovely voice and the songs are good, but she can't compare with Loreena Mckennit and Enya. She lacks Enya and Loreena's surrealistic sound and Loreena's incredable instrumentation. When you Listen to Enya you feel like you have passed part way into the otherworld. When you listen to Loreena you feel like you have stepped back into the ancient world of mystics, Shamens and exotic lands. Laura, although her music is soothing, provides no enchantment. Overall I would not recommend this Cd to anyone. ... Read more


106. Celtic Legacy: A Global Celtic Journey
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5-0 out of 5 stars A wistful, sentimental journey that takes your breath away
The work of artists from Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, Wales, Cape Breton Island, Galicia and America is featured in this primarily gentle and reflective collection featuring both accoustic and electronic instruments, as well as some vocals. Though mostly mellow, these evocative, heartfelt selections still command one's attention, leaving one yearning for more. The contributing musicians are William Coulter, Orion, The Barra MacNeils, 4 yn y Bar, Natalie MacMaster, Milladoiro, the Poozies, Maire Breatnach, Maighread Ni Dhomhmaill, William Jackson, John Whelan/Eileen Ivers, Altan, Deanta, Deiseal, Dominig Bouchaud, Cyrille Colas and Talitha MacKenzie. Especially poignant are Deanta's "Harvest of Culloden", Orion's "Douce Mousitomanie", Natalie MacMaster's "If Ever You Were Mine", and Maire Breatnach's "The Swans at Coole" and Dominig Bouchaud's "Une chanson a la mariee". If you like the music of "Celtic Legacy", you'll also enjoy a similar compilation by Narada entitled "Celtic Odyssey".

5-0 out of 5 stars awsome
i love this cd. great content, especiallly the song by altan called "dulaman".

5-0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to Celtic world that just gets better
I first purchased this CD as an intro to Celtic music. Now, years later, it continues to be one of my favorite CDs. When I play the CD at parties or gatherings people stop talking and ask me the name of the CD. It is hard to keep it as background music, the performances are so compelling that you feel you must actively listen. Each track offers outstanding performances. A wonderful intro to the various groups and styles out there that continues to deliver enjoyment even after the tracks become familiar friends.

5-0 out of 5 stars This album is worth it!
I recieved this album as a gift, and from day one I have absolulty loved it. Each song brings to mind a different place and a different time. Many of the songs are wonderful to lay down and listen to if I want to relax, and others seem to invigorate me. This is a must have for anyone who enjoys Celtic music or history, or for someone who just loves good music!

5-0 out of 5 stars It calls to the part of you that still believes in magic.
I think that Einini has to be one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard, my only regret was that it ever had to end. Culloden's Harvest is heartbreakingly beautiful and the whole CD entranced me. I listen to it in the evenings when I get home, and it never fails to soothe me no matter what ills have befallen me through the day. I recommend it not just for Celtic music fans, but for anyone that loves beautiful music. My heartfelt thanks to all the artists. ... Read more


107. Songs from the Rain
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5-0 out of 5 stars Stunning
This album is unbelievable. The musicians are at their very best, the songwriting is inspired, and the vocals are so genuine, that you just want to keep listening and you hope it will never end.
I own about 500 CDs. This is the best one I own.
the upbeat folk/rock tunes will have you smiling and singing along. But personally, when they slow it down (Your Nature for example) they are at their very best!
GET THIS CD!!

4-0 out of 5 stars An Emotional Time
The Hothouse Flowers' SONGS FROM THE RAIN has more soul in one song than any ten albums from the likes of J. Lo, Creed, or any other flavor of the month one cares to mention. The title of this album could very well have been "An Emotional Time", the name of one of the songs here. But it's an emotion that comes straight from the hearts of the musicians rather than being manufactured in some manager's office.

The music is mostly a combination of folk and rock, but you'll also hear elements of gospel, blues, and jazz. It's a very strong sound that these guys put out. They definitely seem more careful and practiced than spontaneous, but this makes their music sound wonderfully crafted. The instrumentation is quite tight, yet there is still lots of room for the individual musicians to show off their skills. I dare anyone to listen to something like the "One Tongue" without tapping his or her foot or "Isn't It Amazing" without wanting to sing along.

This is one of the few albums that I can describe as being genuinely joyful, with none of the emotion feeling false or faked. Even the songs detailing sadness manage to keep a hopeful attitude. But this isn't a sugarcoated or sickening form of delight; it's much more authentic than that. The title of the CD is quite appropriate; these are songs sung by people sheltering from the rain, but keeping their spirits up all the same. The lyrics are powerful, and as haunting as the music.

There are only a few sections where the album drags. I admit to preferring their faster songs to their ballads, but even their slower stuff here is pretty good. In fact, I think that's a fair summation of the CD. At its worst, it's merely slow and fairly decent. But at its best, it is almost magical. And best of all, it's really fun music; this stuff is a hoot to listen to. SONGS FROM THE RAIN is definitely a recommended purchase, especially if you've never heard of this band before.

4-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, moving music
"Songs from the Rain" was Hothouse Flowers most commercially successful release, but "People," "Home" and the hard to find "Born" are also excellent selections.

This Irish band played soulful music that combined gospel elements, blues and pub rock with equal parts musicianship and vocal flair. It's like Van Morrison meets Springsteen.

Liam O'Maonlai brings impassioned vocals along with outstanding keyboard skills. Fiachna O'Braonain plays a variety of stringed instruments. Peter O'Toole rounds out the core group with bass guitar, bouzouki and backing vocals. Leo Barnes adds saxophones and Jerry Fehily is on drums.

Some of the key tracks I like are "This is it (Your Soul)" with lyrics like "now you're body's tired and sore/well there's rest that's in the water/and there's an answer on the streets/and if you take the time to listen/there's a chance you will meet/your soul..."

"An Emotional Time" has a touch of Chris Isaak/"Wicked Game" twang guitar and vocal falsetto. "It came in a dream you and I were there/you found me while I was frightened/you said/change should not be difficult/you said change should lead us home/to an emotional time/songs from the rain..."

"Thing of Beauty" is perhaps their best known song, with it's gentle picked electric guitar, underlying piano and growing crescendo of vocals that builds to a joyous choir of voices. ""Look out you window on a winters morning/your breath is steam and there's frost falling/and the sun casts a spell upon the road/a thing of beauty is not a thing to ignore."

"Spirit of the Land" picks up more upbeat tempo, like a horse galloping along a sandy beach, and the lyrics are charged with energy and social consiousness. "there's a gathering of races and a gathering of soul/there's be choosing of direction and a distribution of roles/earth is turtle island/and air is isle of green/water is an Indian/fire is aborigine." There are powerful wordless vocals and outstanding piano in this tune.

The entire disk is full of strong tunes, a finely crafted set of music. The songs are gentle and powerful, spiritually moving, with lyrical imagery that transports one far away and makes one reflect upon the world around us and our part in it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A spiritual essential for todays fearful world.....
Since the insane terror brought upon this country last week, this country has been in a state of tension, anger, and patriotism. I have had this album for a while now, but haven't heard it for a while. I picked it up, and maybe its the times, but inspired feelings like no other time I can remember came over me listening to this album again. The entire album is a spiritual awakening, and it deserves a listen during these trying times. Just amazing songs...One after the other..So if you need a time of reflection, a spiritual pick me up, pick up this cd and feel the raw emotion, and poetry of each beautiful song. This CD is definitely a thing of beauty!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow! It touches your soul.
Listening to this cd is like walking through the woods on a fall day just after a gental rain while sunlight filters through the trees. It is so haunting, so full of beauty and love that it touches your soul. Listen to good for you, your nature, or stand beside me. They are truly great songs that are full of raw emotion. Songs from the rain is a favorite in my collection. ... Read more


108. Live in Galway
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3-0 out of 5 stars A Good Listen, But Don't Start With This One
The Saw Doctors are one of the best and most underrated bands in business today, one of the few remaining practitioners of the mainstream pop/rock tradition that goes back to the Beatles and the Beach Boys, but with a distinctively Irish sound and varied influences ranging from Irish folk music (most obvious here on Joyce Country Ceili Band and Hay Wrap) to reggae (on display here with I'll Be On My Way). There's really no good reason why these guys aren't international superstars, and if anything, they're even better live.

That being said, while this CD is a fun listen if you've already got their studio CDs and have heard them in concert, I wouldn't recommend this as an introduction to the band or its live sound. The sound quality is very raw and muffled, so nearly nothing sounds as good as either the studio versions or hearing them live. Davy Carton's voice definitely sounds better in the studio.

I'd also quibble a bit with the song selections; the album is heavy on selections from their classic compilation "Sing a Powerful Song," but it leaves off the hip-hop-flavored hard-rocker Villains, which is the one Saw Doctors song that sounds most improved in concert, as well as Galway and Mayo, the live uptempo version of which (with Leo's 'football' monologue) is quite different from the original and thus should have had priority on a live CD. (You can also debate the exclusion of the chills-inspiring World of Good and the rollicking live favorites Tommy K - also much more upbeat than the studio version - and Do Ya Wanna Play My Guitar).

Live in Galway is a good, fun listen; it does capture the band's gleeful rapport with the crowd, the revised, guitar-heavy versions of Green and Red of Mayo and I Useta Lover, and the bedlam of the set-closing Hay Wrap. But if you're just starting off with the Saw Doctors, I'd recommend Sing a Powerful Song, with Songs from Sun Street and Play it Again Sham! also essential.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Docs At Their Best!!
Finally, we get to hear the Saw Doctors the way they need to be experienced....LIVE! A great collection of Saw Doc songs, all done with the rough edge that makes this group so great. We have been asking for a Live CD for a long time, and boy have they delivered! Note: You also should get the "Live in Galway" DVD to SEE the lads.And the fact that they recorded this show on 7/30/03 ,(my birthday) makes it more special to me.

3-0 out of 5 stars Two originals left, is it still the Docs?
If you have yet to see the Saw Doctors live, it's unfortunate as the only two members left in the band are Davy Carton (guitar and vocals) and Leo Moran (ditto). Pearse "Glackin" Doherty (bass and vocals) left the group a little over a year ago and this heavily delayed live release comes to us with ex-Waterboy Anto Thistlethwaite on bass (he had previously played sax in the group). It is nowhere close to the live tracks on previous EPs and after this long of a delay, one wonders why they even would bother? All the same, true Saw Doctors completists will be on it like stink on, well, you know. For me, it's not unlike the Sex Pistols at Winterland, resembling a dog needing put out of its misery, and I never thought I'd say that about such a great band. ... Read more


109. Essential Anuna
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110. Grace & Pride the Anthology 2004-1984
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Grace & Pride celebrates the 20th anniversary of Britain's leading Celtic band, Capercaillie (pronounced cap-er-cay-lee).The double CD anthology contains 38 tracks taken from each of the band's 15 albums, including previously unreleased, ultra-rare and long deleted tracks.Capercaillie have been credited with being the major force in bringing Celtic music to the world stage, and their unique fusion of Gaelic culture and contemporary sound has always stretched boundaries in their quest to keep the music evolving.On Grace and Pride the track listing follows the band back in time from last year’s Choice Language to their debut release in 1984 Cascade, taking in every album they have released along the way.Grace and Pride:Anthology 2004-1984 is a fascinating journey through the creative evolution of one of Scotland’s and roots music’s most enduring and successful bands. ... Read more


111. A Winter Garden (Five Songs for the Season) EP
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Loreena McKennitt's "songs for the season" are haunting for their beauty and her fascinating voice. Blending traditional Irish music with worldbeat and New Age-like instrumentation, McKennitt's arrangements are at once elegant and eloquent, enchanting and familiar, whether she's singing "Coventry Carol," "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen," or "Good King Wenceslas." "Snow," adapted from a 19th-century poem, and the traditional "Seeds of Love" are so lofty and deep they reach almost mystical places. --Martin Keller ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very Splendid
Several people have called this CD too short, but one must understand that this is not a real album, but and EP. One must also remember that this was made at the same time she was making "The Book of Secrets" and didn't have enough time to make a full lenght Christmas album. If you are and Enya listener who has some singles that are about 10, 15, or 20 minutes long, you will not be bothered by the length of this CD.

Anyway, this is a very beautiful collection of music, exactly 22:28 minutes long. I really loved the Middle-East beat of "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen", a one of a kind style! I also really loved the old traditional Celtic sound of "Good King Winceslas", which I heard on the radio a few weeks ago. I'm very glad that she was able to include uillean pipes in the music, for it gave the music feeling and old style. Loreena also did a new version of "Snow" which sounded very nice, but I found it to be a little too fast paced. I also liked "Coventary Carol", but found it to be too fast paced. I highly recommend people to hear the version on Charlotte Church's "Dream A Dream", which was slower and brought more meaning to the music and lyrics. But then there also is the traditional English "Seeds of Love", which I really LOVED. It sounds so traditional, clear, simple, and lovely. Though the music is very different from the original version, it sounds just as old and traditional as the real version. Though I have to admit that I did have one disappointment and that was that the booklet did not explain the meaning of the words of the song. You see, "Seeds of Love" is not a Christmas song(though it brings meaning to the title 'A Winter Garden', but a tradtional English song about love and sorrow. The flowers are meant to symbolize characteristics. The violet symbolizes modesty, the lily is purity, and the pink is curtesy. The red rose means true love and the twisting willow tree is sorrow. The version on this CD omitted the last verse, which brings meaning to the message of love. I have to go now, but let me say that this is a very good Christmas album.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Collection, but Lamentably Short
Any collection of Christmas music that includes the Coventry Carol is worthy of praise. Ms. McKennitt's voice and selection, as always, are excellent - but, unfortunately, *not* enough (especially when one of the pieces is repeated on her full-length album "To Drive the Cold Winter Away"). Regardless, "A Winter Garden" is well worth buying as a companion to her other CD's and for the holy day season. Those who enjoy Ms. McKennitt's work, but desire a more "uptempo" or "semi-popular" collection of Christmas carols will find "A Winter Garden" more to their liking. Those who simply love Loreena McKennitt's talents, will find "A Winter Garden" well worth any price.

5-0 out of 5 stars Emotional
As others have said, there are some traditional Christmas songs here but the mix is such that you could listen all year long. I defy anyone to listen to Snow and not be truly moved by its beauty.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful songs - too few!
These 5 songs are terrific - if only there were 5 more on here! As with Loreena's other works, her voice is clear and true, the lyrics are poetic, the music is uncluttered and beatuiful. Some songs are toe-tappers, others just let you rest and be quiet while the beautiful sounds float around you. Great for anyone who loves celtic music especially and for anyone celebrating the season. Beautiful!

5-0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite Christmas albums
I heard McKennit's version of "Good King Wenceslas" on the radio and I just had to have this album. The renditions are rather like Medieval music with that almost Moorish sound of drums and odd double-reed horns. I never get tired of this album and only wish it were longer. If you like antique music or Celtic music, this Christmas album may become a real favorite of yours as well as mine. ... Read more


112. Mother: Songs Celebrating Mothers & Motherhood
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As mothers we would kill or die for our children. As daughters we learn from our mothers to love with ferocity, navigate long division and city streets, to apply lipstick and plow gardens, and build lives that are beautiful and strong. And as we together grow gray, mature into our aging bodies, and weather the various storms of life, we depend on one another, often reversing the role of caretaker, holding fast when one precedes the other in death. This tender cyclical relationship is chronicled on Mother: Songs Celebrating Mothers and Motherhood by singers Susan McKeown and Cathie Ryan and contemporary New Age pianist Robin Speilberg, each of whom draws on her own evolving experiences. Mother is a lovely record of Celtic traditionals, lullabies, and original compositions: Spielberg's keys are as clear and bright as a full moon, Ryan's sweetly expressive soprano bounces and reverberates like a dance, and McKeown's warm throaty tones are an aural embrace. --Paige La Grone ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great background music for my classroom
I recently purchased two of Robin's cds at a conference at my Alumni. There I had the privledge of hearing her play live, and I just fell in love with the feeling. I use the "Mother" cd as naptime music, and the toddlers in my class just love it. I had actually taken it home and when I didn't have it to play for them several of the children asked for the "Mommy songs." I find myself humming along during my tasks as the children nap, and I always look forward to putting the music on. This is a great purchase!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Mother; A Celebration of Motherhood
I received this CD as a gift when I adopted my son, and feel that it touches me each time I hear it. Having Celtic ties, it is even more special. I have now found a great Christmas gift for anyone who is a mother or will be a mother. I highly recommend it for anyone (especially women) who enjoy lullabies and comforting melodious celtic tunes. MKThomas, Jupiter, Fl

5-0 out of 5 stars a real treat!
this cd just takes me away every time! in it i can feel the celtic blood of my ancestors beating through my heart, and now i know that i am closer to my great grandparents singing in the streets of Ireland. thank you to the artists who made this all come alive!

4-0 out of 5 stars from Wind and Wire, Issue 11
This collaboration between Irish singer/songwriters Susan McKeown and Cathie Ryan, and pianist/composer Robin Spielberg is a celebration of motherhood "for anyone who has ever had a mother, is a mother, or is likely to become a mother!" I'm not sure "Mother"'s appeal will be quite that universal, but since most of the songs have a Celtic feel to them, it should fit into the broad popularity of that genre. All but five of the fourteen tracks are vocals - some of the lyrics are in English, some in Irish; one is a haunting Native American poem translated into Gaelic, "Ancient Mother". All of the vocals have a traditional, "folkie" feel to them, and although this is a celebratory CD, some of the lyrics are tragic or sad - especially "Jennie's Song" and "Rock Me to Sleep, Mother". I know, life is like that!

Robin Spielberg is one of my favorite composers, and, for me, her instrumental contributions are the strongest tracks on the CD. "Walk With Me", "Circle of Life", and "Mother's Celebration" are new, and all are beautiful. Robin also included her tribute to her grandmother, "A Song For Jennie", and wrote a new arrangement of "Amy's Lullaby" with lyrics and a new title, "Baby's Lullaby" (sung by Cathie Ryan) - a very tender and gentle lullaby. "Real Pretty Mama", which is a cute tribute to her own mother, marks Robin's debut as a singer/songwriter!

This is a very interesting project that covers a lot of musical territory as well as many of the various aspects of motherhood and family relationships. The liner notes are full of photos from the three women's childhoods (with their mothers), and the lyrics as well as the backgrounds of the pieces are included. It makes a very nice package.

5-0 out of 5 stars One Song Worth the Price
Just to be able to hear "Rock Me to Sleep, Mother" is reason enough to purchase the CD. It's exquisite in every sense. ... Read more


113. The Promise
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114. Perfect Time
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5-0 out of 5 stars Something Ethereal
There's something ethereal about hearing religious praises in a beautiful language that you don't quite understand -- like Gaelic.

I first came across Maire Breannan's 'The Light on the Hill' on the WOW 1999 album. I was immediately intrigued by her beautiful voice and unique Christian-music style. Instead of being loud and choir-driven, this album is light and delicate, poetic and captivating. It's not preachy; rather, Maire expresses the fears and struggles that we all face in our daily lives. There's real emotion here, not showy lyrics and expressions. Pleading, praise, faith...it's all here on this brilliantly-crafted album.

The songs are quite touching. The music is light, almost floaty, and has a heavenly feel. It is uplifting without being heavy. The lyrics, however, are sheer poetry. 'The Big Rock', 'Na Paisti', 'Song of David', and 'Gra De' are nearly entirely in Gaelic, and hearing praises in the ancient Irish language make them even more powerful. Gems like 'Perfect Time' and 'Our World' show human vulnerability, while 'The Light on the Hill' and 'Heal This Land' may be written about Ireland itself.

What makes "Perfect Time" so captivating is its uniqueness. Many Christian artists tend to sound the same, but Maire Brennan has a completely different style. If you like her sister, Enya, then you will absolutely fall in love with Maire's voice and music. Rather than the usual, take a chance on something ethereal.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect Time-For good gospel music !
Enya is still my favorite singer but with albums like perfect time,Maire is giving her little sister a run for her money!This album,along with wisper to the wild water,is full of great songs.The songs deliver the message of God wrapped up in beautiful melodies.I had to laugh when I read where some people seem to be surprised that a gospal album would have gospel music on it.DUH!Anyone should be able to tell what kind of album this is just by the names of the songs on it.Her music tell me two things.This is a christian woman and she has a great musical imagination.A good example is the song peacemaker.To sum it all up,this album delivers God's massage by a lady with lots of class and a beautiful voice to boot.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect timing!
Enya's sister Moya has an equally incredible voice. the Celtic sound is strong and the worship of her heart is authentic. The song "Perfect Time" is worth buying the CD in and of itself. The rest of the CD is simply icing on the cake for me. Seriously, the song "Perfect Time" came when I really needed to hear it. I needed to be reminded that God is in control of all things and all things happen in His 'perfect time'. I can't say that I have always remembered this in my life, but this song reminds me that He is God and I am not. He knows what He is doing and I don't. In short, buy this CD and prepare your heart.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good choice for modern Celtic music.
"Perfect Time," despite its Christian motif, has something for everyone. The music is wonderful, not at all like the pop/rock direction "Whisper To The Wild Water" begins to go in. I am not partial to the Christian lyrics, yet I like this album very much. A couple of songs get in your face with it ("The Light on the Hill" and "Heal This Land," mainly), but just try and look past the lyrics, as I did. ("Heal This Land" became my second-favorite!) Many songs are sung in Gaelic anyway, like my personal favorite "Gra De."

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfectly perfect in every way!
Before I say anything further, I must first confess that I don't yet own an entire album by this artist but a friend of mine burned a compilation of her work for me, spanning from her debut 'Marie' to 'Misty Eyed Adventure', 'Perfect Time', and her latest, 'Whisper to the Wild Water', and I've been listening to it all day, completely entranced and loving it more and more every time I hear it. She just amazes me and I'm so grateful for this introduction to her music. The only problem is I'm not sure where to start now because everything I've heard so far has been unbelievably great! (I especially enjoy "Ce Leis", "Jealous Heart", "A Place Among The Stones", and "Hard To Break The Seal").

Marie Brennan is probably best known for her dazzling contribution on Chicane's 'Behind The Sun' where she lets loose the magic of her voice on the classic "Saltwater", which can be found on countless dance records. The feel of that song, as well as the entire CD, is filled with dreamy trance beats as her haunting operatic-style singing majestically soars with the samples from "Harry's Game" (a popular New Age song), but here on her solo albums she takes her music in a more familiar direction that's similar to her Clannad days, which might turn some people off because she doesn't really take any chances here to make it her own, but sometimes it's better to just stick with what you're good at... Her silky smooth voice glides effortlessly through endless melodies of sheer tranquility, sweeping through lovely Celtic harps and pipes that interweave contemporary pop rhythms with a tinge of world for good measure. And while I hate to compare a singer to someone else, I can't help but hear an uncanny resemblance between Marie Brennan and the Native American singer, Rose Moore, who started out with Sacred Spirit before releasing her New Age debut, 'Spirit Of Silence', earlier this year. But despite all of that, they're both very different and that is made apparent throughout their records.

Another thing I notice is how she often tones her range down to elevate the sensation of floating for most everything she sings is subtle (even if the song is upbeat), carrying an air-like breeze that's very gentle and never overpowering; almost as if she's drifting in weightless space. I'm very taken with this teaser and I definitely plan on buying every album, even guest appearances, this artist has released and I highly recommend anything Marie Brennan has been a part of! I therefore prompt you to take a chance with this glorious music.

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115. Pilgrim
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5-0 out of 5 stars Going Home
For anyone who has the slightest bit of Celtic blood, this music and narrative will awaken ancestral memories and cause your sunconscious to declare, "I'm home". And those who have visited enchanted Ireland will want to rush to the phone to order return tickets. The suite is decidedly a "spiritual" journey, but even agnostics can appreciate many of the pieces. The poetry and music are exceptional! Bravo, Shaun Davey!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Journey through the Old Days...
When I first heard this album, I was struck by the feeling that I 'had heard this all before'. While Mr. Davey states that he wrote this some 10 to 15 years ago, I cannot but help feel that he has 'been home, indeed'. The 'shield' song, where they pipers and drummers as well as the members of the chorus stamp their feet as if banging shields...the memories are just too deep. Rita Connelly is wonderful, her voice reaching deep into the soul. She is particularly good in 'A'Grain', (appologies to Mr. Davey, if the spelling is wrong...but my ancient Scots Gaelic is not up to par!), where the orchestration and the voices call forth visions of the stormy isles of the Hebrides. Mr Davey calls upon the soul of the Gaelic world, in both words and music...it is a truly wonderful work. I am only sorry that there are ONLY 5 ***** to award this album, for I would put at least 15 there!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful Celtic Sound
The suite is a moving expression of a Pilgrim's journey, and a powerful evocation of a Celtic spirit. The orchestra, choirs, and pipe bands are all excellent, as are the soloists. This CD is a must for anyone who enjoys the Relief of Derry Symphony, also by Shaun Davey, anyone who enjoys the music of Riverdance, or anyone who enjoys rich classical music. ... Read more


116. The Philosopher's Stone
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Van Morrison is the second-best improvisatory singer in rock history (after Aretha Franklin), never singing asong the same way twice. What's more, he's continually fooling around with songs--both originals and covers--that never make it onto his "official" albums. The two-CD Philosopher's Stone serves up 30 unreleased studio tracks from 1971 to 1988. There are some glaring omissions (the 1971 Pacifica High sessions, hiscollaborations with Bob Dylan and Chet Baker), but what's here (including collaborations with MarkIsham, Jackie DeShannon and the Chieftains) is fun, and two tracks ("Flamingoes Fly" and "Stepping Out Queen") are incandescent. --Geoffrey Himes ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Classic Van "The Man", enjoyed most by true Morrison fans.
I really liked most of the material on this CD! I've been a Van Morrison fan for the better part of 15 years now and have each of the CD's available in the US.(that's alot!) This particular record only furthered my personal belief that this man is the greatest single singer songwriter ever. No apologies to Mr.Dylan. The songs here are raw in places because that's what they are...raw Van Morrison. I particularly liked the "Wonderful Remark" cut. I found it to be better than the version released on the "King of Comedy" film. Other songs I enjoyed were, "Naked in the Jungle" and "John Henry" with their unabashed hard edged funk and soul. Not typical Van, but a great sound to for him in my opinion! I was drawn to more Morrisonesque tunes like "Madame Joy" and "I Have Finally Come to Realise" as well as "Not Supposed to Break Down". All in all, this is a fine group of songs that every Van fan will enjoy and most will praise. I don't see it drawing in or creating new fans, but then I don't really think Van cares. For that matter, nor do I. This is great music from a master and those of us who know this mans work will enjoy it thoroughly!

4-0 out of 5 stars A must have for true Van Morrison fans
"Philosopher's Stone" is a collection of unreleased songs by Van Morrison spanning approximately 1971-1987. The two-disc album runs over two hours long.

I wouldn't advise newcomers to Van Morrison to necessarily pick up this album first. This is the sort of album that you throw on your shelf next to "Moondance", "Astral Weeks", "Greatest Hits Vol. I", and perhaps a newer album like "Enlightenment" first. The majority of the songs on this album are from the 70's and sound very much in line with what Van put out on "Greatest Hits Vol. I" or the songs "It's All Over Now Baby Blue" and "Don't Look Back" from "Greatest Hits Vol. II". Don't let the fact that these songs are unreleased deter you from this album; these songs are still very good and classic Van Morrison stuff.

There are at least 5 bluesy tracks on the album. There are a couple of funky ones, my favorites like "Street Theory" and "Naked in the Jungle". I'm a horn lover, Van does combine horns on a number of tracks. There is a good mixture of fast and slow songs. There are not any traditional Irish tracks. Booklet includes all lyrics and musicians. The best part of all is the subtitle of this album is: "The Unreleased Tapes: Volume One". After listening to this album, I will definitely get Volume Two if and when it comes out.

2-0 out of 5 stars mediocre
I am a big van morrison fan of his 70's music. Some of his music is sheer genius and "Philosophers Stone" has some tracks from this period. "Ordinary People", "Foggy Mountain Top" and "The Street Only Knows Your Name" are really good tunes that were somehow overlooked for too long. This is not a great CD, but it does have some merit. Sadly, this CD surpasses anything Van has released in the last 25 years!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Real Van
This is a MUST HAVE for all Van Morrison fans who THINK
they know the man and his music but will be even more
knowledgable about how much Van knew and had in his soul at a
much younger age than we suspected. There's some amazing writing here,as well as interpretations of Robin Williamson's "Mr Thomas"
and W.B.Yeats. An acoustic version of Bright Side of The Road is
an eye opener, and The Street Only Knew Your Name claims us all.
Van's blues and jazz voice was in him from the age of three,
and this 2 CD set gives the listener an aural biography from
this great artist. Do something magical for yourself - listen to
Van turn lead into gold. You won't regret it. It's worth the $.
We're talking 'bout the REAL SOUL people,
I mean the real soul,promised and found in such
great works as VEEDON FLEECE.
I'm sure Blake and the Eternals are
listening to The Philosopher's Stone and digging it.

1-0 out of 5 stars This CD Sucks
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117. Sing A Powerful Song
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4-0 out of 5 stars Must Have!!!!
I "mistakenly" found the Saw Doctors when I downloaded one of their songs by mistake off the interent. They quickyl became my favorite band and now I have all of their CD's. This was the first one I bought and I highly recommend it to anyone that is just discovering the Saw Docs. Their isn't a bad song on the album. It shows the range of the Docs music from partying Irish pub ("Hay Wrap, I Useta Lover) to singing of the beauty of Ireland ("Green and Red of Mayo, Clare Island) to their great songs about love and relationships ("Share the Darkness, Wake Up Sleeping, Red Cortina). This is a great CD to start with. One you buy this one, you'll certainly get the rest.

One thing, to truly expreience the Docs, you have to see them live in concert. I brought my brother and friend to a show. They never heard a song by the Docs, but after the concert, they were hooked. See them live!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Music, Pure and Simple
I am so glad to have finally discovered the Saw Doctors, a band that I first heard at a multi-band concert and immediately thereafter sought recordings of. It has been said many times, but I really think that this is the order to do it in. They are amazing and indescribably alive in concert, and while their recorded music can't sometimes quite capture this same essence, the fun, lively, and raw spirit of it shines through without fail. Especially on "Sing a Powerful Song."
Wait, this all sounds WAY to serious. Sure, the songs very often have a deeper, more serious human truth to them, but this is FUN music for ReaL life. This album captures the simple but infectious energy of the Saw Doctors' music in a near-flawless compilation. (I usually LOATHE compilations, but I'm giving in to this one because many of their earlier albums were only released in the UK, and it's a bit pricey to track them down if you live in the US.) Now let's see about some highlights:
#4, Macnas Parade: This is one of my very favorite songs EVER. Irish folk-rock meets PUNK. A truly great time.
#6, Hay Wrap: A SD's classic, I believe I have heard this described as "high energy agricultural rap." And really, I guess that's what it is. Hilarious, earthy, interesting...
#7, N17: One of their first big hits, an honest, upbeat road-song, distinctly Irish (so I hear), unbelievably catchy chorus...envision being in a huge live crowd singing along...
#8, Exhilarating Sadness: It's a beautiful rock song, understated yet always full of energy.
#10, Clare Island: I usually have a dislike for ballad-style songs, but I love this one like nothing else. It's not sappy, maybe that's why...it's...funny...but sincere and lovely.
#11, To Win Just Once: great rock song, inspirational and true, but fun once you think MaYbE it could have to do with socc--um, football.
#14, Never Mind the Strangers: This feels very Irish, very real, great SD's classic.
#15, Why Do I Always Want You: I LOVE this song, it's the first I ever heard them play (live), and the lyrics are simple but it's just a GREAT song.
#17, I Useta Love Her: OK, the first big hit, fun, irreverant song about lust and Catholicism. Don't you love that?

Yup, a great collection of songs, guaranteed to make you HAPPY. I know that someday I'll break down and buy the individual albums, but for now this is the perfect collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars more,more
I had seen a movie about a pub in some US city it followed the rise and fall of the establishment and at one point the owners hired a local band to play.I was instantly hooked on the band and as usual,sat through the credits to find their name,"SAW DOCTORS",of course my next move was to go to Amazon.com and do a search.Being of modest fiscal means I decided to pick one album (which happened to be this one).
As with most albums there are some songs that really impress and others that don't.I was quite impressed with the various styles,some have an almost U2 flavor and others are local Irish barband (best type).
For a variety of styles and just plain good music,by all means buy this and other ones by these guys.
Now if I could only remember the name of the movie.If you know please email me.

4-0 out of 5 stars Solid
This group has a loyal following and is thankfully able to deliver a solid performance. Their songs manage to convey soulfulness and innocence simultaneously, as if they sang from the contemporary heart of their own land. This is good beer drinking music and a lot of fun.

5-0 out of 5 stars Seen thru a Guinness haze
The Saw Doctors are truly talented and definitely a band to see live! "Sing A Powerful Song" ranks up there with any album by Gaelic Storm or Great Big Sea. Enjoyed a seisiun of the Doctor's at the Dubliner Pub (Phoenix, AZ) on there way to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Money invested in their music will be returned to you ten-fold! ... Read more


118. Scottish Tranquility: Piano And Orchestral Classics
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Not many composers have worked with Elvis Presley, Cliff Richards, TheDubliners, and Planxty. Such is the strange musical world of Phil Coulter, who hasrecorded a series of Tranquility records that emphasize lush orchestralarrangements of various national folk music from Ireland to America, and on this title,Scotland. "Lush" is the operative word here, as he spins classic Scots melodies like "YeBanks and Braes" and "Auld Lang Syne" into Mantovani-like flourishes for piano andorchestra, punched up with a fuzzy but gentle electric guitar and drums to give it "punch."It's the apex of Celtic nostalgia, and you will love it or hate it based solely on yourtolerance for lots of airy strings, rippling piano lines, and reverbed, mountainous flutesounds. Coulter has had a lot of gold and platinum recordings over the years, so there'splenty of fans for his Celtic lounge act. --Louis Gibson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Soothing, Relaxing, and very well done.
If you like soft piano music, you'll love this CD. It is very well done. Being Scottish melodies, I expected more bagpipes, but they only show up on the last song. This CD is definitely a good buy. I listen to it every evening while I'm studying, or reading for pleasure.

3-0 out of 5 stars A good listen, but jazzy.
Phil Coulter's renditions of these well known Scottish tunes are very different from any other CDs I have heard. They are a little heavey on the jazz side, but still enjoyable. The last track is my favorite, and is the only one with bagpipes. If you are looking for a bagpipe CD, don't get this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stress relief
Very relaxing. Love to listen and play my mandolin along with this music. Great music for stress relief.

3-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I purchased this a little while ago, and was somewhat disappointed. Phil Coulter's renditions of these songs are a bit to jazzy for my taste, and there is only one song with bagpipes! But don't get me wrong, I do still enjoy listening to it. It is just not one of my favorites. Not recommended for someone looking for authentic Scottish music.

5-0 out of 5 stars At last! A new turn on some old Scotish tunes.
I have a large number of CD's with Celtic tunes. All too often, they are similar to one another. Phil Coulter surprises with covers of Loch Lomond, Scotland the Brave, and Auld Lang Syne that are not like any I've heard before. In addition there are a dozen more new and familiar New Age style Celtic tunes. Scotland the Brave sounds just as majestic and is perhaps even more stirring to the soul presented Coulter's way, with bagpipes muted and in support of the lead piano. ... Read more


119. Celtic Wedding: Music of Brittany
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Brittany, in western France, is an ancient Celtic homeland whose language and music are closely related to those of Wales and Cornwall. And although Breton folklorist Polig Monjarret only jokingly suggested that the Chieftains do a Breton album, they did just that. Celtic Wedding remains one of their finest outings. Breton music is subtle when compared to Irish, Scottish, and Welsh music, with complex rhythms, rich harmonies, and spin-on-a-dime call-and-response refrains. The venerable Irish sextet seems refreshed and exhilarated by the cross-pollination. Local musicians sit in, playing the bombarde (a notoriously bad-tempered oboe) and biniou (Breton bagpipes), and singing in the Breton language, which is making a strong comeback after long years of repression. --Christina Roden ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars May be a little too studious and cultured for many listeners
I like the Chieftains a lot, love some of their music. I love Irish music, especially the moody traditional OR electronic/ethnic updates or variations on the Celtic sound and this album falls in the former category. I find it a little long in the tooth, actually, and have to get into an academic frame of mind to fully appreciate it. I've tried to listen to it several times, but find my mind soon wanders and, unlike so much of the Chieftains music, the tunes don't stay in my head. Definitely a mood piece and best appreciated, I suspect by serious Celtic or Chieftains fans.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Fresh Breeze from the Chieftains
It is difficult not to like a performance by the Chieftains, and this collection is no exception. While the subject matter is a little removed from their usual Irish fare, the high quality which one has come to expect from them is certainly present. You can almost smell the hills and feel the gentle breezes.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent rhythms and melodies well worth the purchase
I originally purchased this on a whim some time ago and fell in love with the subtle difference between the irish sound and the breton sound. The only problem is that I let my 15 year old bleached haired hard out Tool and Korn freak son listen to it as well. Now I have to try and find the CD in his bedroom if I want to listen to it as he hides the CD so that he has exclusive listening rights!! An unusual turn of events. The music is romantic without being soppy and very evocative for those with a leaning towards past life experiences-my head becomes filled with pictures of past events. It has now sent me on a hunt for any similar type of music-traditional rather than modern as Stone Circle is. Do listen to Celtic Wedding if you are a Celtic music fan. I doubt that you will be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful collection of music that makes you NEED to dance!
I love this entire CD, but I am specifically interested in the portion of the Breton Wedding Ceremony track called "Adoromp Holl". I am trying to locate a copy of the published anthology of music from which it was drawn, or just a copy of this piece. I am specifically looking for organ music. Can anyone help? ... Read more


120. Lunasa
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Sales Rank: 8900
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Lunasaintroduced a new rhythmic complexity and harmonic sophistication to traditionalIrish music on their self-titled 1997 debut, which Compass Records is nowreissuing for the first time in America. The trio of fiddler Sean Smyth,flautist Mike McGoldrick, and uilleann piper John McSherry supply the melody,and they negotiate the twists and turns of the intricate jigs and reels with atechnical virtuosity and sense of joy that recalls the legendaryBothy Band. But as goodas these three are, the heart and soul of the band is the rhythm section ofbassist Trevor Hutchinson and guitarist Donogh Hennessy. Together they explorethe subtle rhythmic variations and harmonic possibilities implied by the tunes.They don't impose a new order on the old melodies, but instead bring out arichness that was always there. Although the recording quality is not quite upto the standards of their later releases, the addition of a bonus live trackrecorded in 1996 and the sheer exuberance of their playing make this anessential recording by one the most important Irish bands to emerge in the1990s.--Michael Simmons ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Downright Amazing ...
This is the excellent debut album from possibly Ireland's hottest music act these days. Irish music with the perfect blend between tradition and the new, definitely jazz-influenced with their impeccable arrangements and transitions. This is the most colorful, lively and passionate Irish music CD I know of in existence. The bass and guitar and bodhran provide the driving backbone I find missing in most celtic music I've explored. Oh, and for you Uillean pipe fans ... I think there's more splendid piping on this their debut than any other Lunasa release. True virtuosos, these guys are amazing to see in concert (as of Autumn 2002). Very friendly and down-to-earth, as well!! (FYI: This is completely instrumental.)

4-0 out of 5 stars Solid Irish instrumentals
An all-instrumental album featuring some of the new up-and-comers in Ireland's trad scene, including members of Sharon Shannon's band, and the Waterboys. Lunasa shed most of the severity of old-style jigs-and-reels, mixing in a sly melodic bounce without sacrificing their traditional cred. No synthesizers or sampling here, just a creative new approach to the classic Celtic style. The piping, in particular, has a fluidity and expessiveness that's a delight to hear... Even if (like myself) you're not that much into Celtic instrumentals, this might be an album you'd want to check out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lively Irish traditional music
The music is pure Irish dance music, but with a driving guitar backup and bass rather than a drum. The tunes are traditional, but the harmony is a bit more modern and the rhythms more syncopated than 50's style ceili bands. Some noteable tracks are Feabhra, which starts out with the Brenda Stubbert reel and moves into a mixed meter tune which sounds almost Balkan, and Aibreann, an air with a lush, beautiful low-whistle duet. Meitheamh is my favorite, though, a driving traditional reel that features each soloist in turn. If you're a fan of traditional Irish instrumental music, pick this up - you'll be glad you did.

5-0 out of 5 stars Re-release of a Classic
Lúnasa can best be described as the Bothy Band of this era. But whereas the Bothy Band's sound had more of a rough-and-ready feel, Lúnasa's sound is highly polished, with graceful harmonies and rhythms that swing.

This is their first album with Mike McGoldrick and John McSherry (since replaced by the super duo of Kevin Crawford and Cillian Vallely), re-released with a live version of "Colonel Frazer" replacing the original studio one, and an extra track consisting of a Breton tune and an Irish reel played almost with a Breton rhythm. For those of you not familiar with Lúnasa, their lineup consists of uillean pipes, fiddle, and flute, and a rhythm section of upright-bass and guitar. There is no singing, so if you're a fan of vocals you might be disappointed, but the sounds these guys produce are amazing and make you want to get up and dance. This album has live and studio-recorded tracks, but Lúnasa's playing is so smooth you won't be able to tell the difference until you hear the roar of the crowd afterward. Even if you own the original release of this album, the extra track makes another purchase worth it.

Lúnasa is the band I play when I am trying to introduce someone to Irish music. If you are only recently getting into Irish traditional dance music, I can think of no better band with which to start.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best band out there today, period
This is the first of three (soon to be four) albums from the best and possibly the most important Irish group since The Bothy Band. Donough Hennessy (Sharon Shannon Band) and Trevor Hutchinson (The Waterboys) have created a true DreamTeam featuring Sean Smyth on fiddle and whistle, Michael McGoldrick on flute, and John McSherry on pipes. This is an all-instrumental offering, which is a bold statement in this day and age where singers seem to be the dominant feature. The result is pure magic. Wonderful arrangements and a thoughtful selection of tunes makes this a must have for any fan of Irish music or if you're just getting into the genre. ... Read more


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