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121. Room to Roam
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites!
One of the best albuns of waterboys i ever heard. Fisherman's blues is very good too. For those who like irish music and drink a good Guiness Beer should listen this album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sheer poetry and exuberance--a joyful tour de force
It's a shame that Room to Roam isn't better appreciated. Even many Waterboys fans look past this wonderful tour de force, a rich and dazzling pastiche of styles and moods--a kind of electro-Celtic Sgt. Pepper for the 90s. Some fans who were attracted by the somewhat more traditional and stripped-down sound of Fisherman's Blues (perhaps the closest Mike Scott ever got to making a Pogues album) have failed to appreciate Room to Roam's greater experimentation. But as far as whole albums go, for richness and variety of musical styles, as well as sheer poetry and exuberance, I think Room To Roam has a slight edge over Fisherman's Blues.

In fact, Room to Roam is a solid tie for my favorite Waterboys album, along with This is the Sea. There's not a note of RTR that isn't blessed by the goddess, and a number of these songs are among Mike Scott's finest moments, including "Something That is Gone," "How Long Will I Love You," "A Man is in Love," "Bigger Picture" and "Raggle Taggle Gypsy." "Raggle Taggle" in particular is one of Mike's most joyful and electrifying performances on record--it never fails to send me through the roof.

What I love about Room To Roam is that it's wonderfully true to both the traditional folk AND the experimental, electronic impulses in Mike's work. That may be the very thing that alienates some of the folks who were attracted by the more "pure" sound of FB, but for me it's that amazing blend of styles that puts Room to Roam at the top of the Waterboys' canon. Any album that encompasses well-executed traditional Celtic folk like "Raggle Taggle Gypsy," or "Kaliope House," as well as the heartbreaking eloquence of songs like "A Man Is In Love" or "Something That Is Gone" (complete with that stunning backwards saxophone break)--not to mention the Abbey-Road rapture of "Bigger Picture"--well, let me just say that Room To Roam is still one of those rare albums that makes me glad to be alive each and every time I hear it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Songs about life and love
Songs about the joys of love and life are found throughout this CD. "A Man is in Love" is simply one of the sweetest songs about that state of being you'll find anywhere, and it's a rare occurrence to hear a man sing about love so simply without an accompaniment of pain and anguish. The CD is filled with many such little delights. Sometimes a bit too light-hearted for its own good, Room to Roam lacks the depth to be a great CD but it's still a great deal of fun.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Zest For Life
I enjoy traveling around the world (musically) and seeing just how other countries interpret American popular music. Please take my word, the Japanese and the Germans completely slaughter even the simplest songs. My favorite American popular music from someplace other than the North American continent is Ireland. After all, we have several commonalities: a shared language and a stolen heritage. The Waterboys' Roam To Roam makes good use of many seldom heard instruments: mandolin, whistle, flute, fiddle and standup bass. This CD is a charming and infectious marriage of jigs, folk (American), reels and rock.

The Waterboys are also quite crafty lyricists. You'll discover poetic and provoking lines such as 'I'll savoir the softness of summer' (In Search Of A Rose), 'I'm starting to see a bigger picture. I'm beginning to colour it' (Bigger Picture) and 'I dreamed the wind came to my house' (The Trip To Bradford). 'A Man Is In Love' and 'How Long Will I Love You' are joyous musical celebrations of life. It's that very joy and honesty which make the Waterboys so compelling. Name one artist who has the integrity to write 'America (Ireland) is my heart' (Islandman).

Instead of manufacturing music for dollars, the Waterboys proclaim a zest for life through music. Start each day with 'A Man Is In Love,' and you'll step a bit lighter. Go ahead. Allow yourself some Room To Roam.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
I'll admit I haven't heard "Fisherman's Blues" yet, but wow, what a weird mix of traditional Irish music and, and, .....weirdness? some form of rock I guess. I like this album because it exhibits such a great deal of creativity in blending different genres of music, while keeping the traditional Irish sound throughout. It is musically capitivating, and the lyrics are quite good as well. Probably I wider variety of musical instruments are used here than in any other album I have heard......mandolin, bagpipes, didjeridu, trombone.....sounds dreadful I know but they are all integrated together beautifully. ... Read more

122. Feet of Flames
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5-0 out of 5 stars It don't get no better than this
I've been hooked on the Irish music and dance craze since I saw the Riverdance video so it is only natural for me to see and hear the rest of the CD's and videos. FoF was awesome in every respect. With a voice like ms Buckley, I'm surprised she isn't making music on her own. It would have been nice to hear the tap in the pieces, but it certainly doesn't detract from the beauty of the sounds. Michael Flatley's flute playing was fantastic. This is a CD to definately have in your collection. As far as Michael's inflated ego, and "airy" flute playing is concerned, anyone who can dance and play like that can have as big an ego as they want and I'll still go see them perform and buy their videos and CD's. People who feel that way should buy something else to listen to. Got that marius22304? Anyone know when LotD or RD will be in Oklahoma?

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect addiction to any Flately fan's collection!
This is a beautiful CD, but yet, if you had to choose between this and Lord of the Dance, go with Lord of the Dance! But still, this CD is an excellent addition to any fan of Celtic music, especially the perefet marriage of Ronan Hardiman and Michael Flately. The main flaw is the fact that it is only 46 minutes and a handful of seconds long, while most of the songs are repeats or near repeats of the music on Lord of the Dance. But, if you can't get enough of Hardiman's Lord of the Dance music, then this should give you something to chew on!
Here's a breakdown by song:
High Priests: A short, and somewhat strangely likeable villain song that consists of a chanting chorus of men in a different language, helps to set the tone for the CD, but an odd way to begin the soundtrack!
Dance of Love:A beautful piece that features Mr. oh-I-think-I'm-so-hot-and-the-best-Irish-dancers-on-the-planet-so-just-bow-down-and-worship-me! Flately on flute. The fact that the breaths the flutists takes are so obvious is a bit annoying when you first hear it, but it becomes just a part of the music after the first few hearings!
Carrickfergus: Where was this song on the orignial soundtrack?! It has gorgeuous music, fantastic lyrics, and a perfect voice to sing it! Why couldn't she have sounded this good on the Lord of the Dance soundtrack? The only problem I find with this track is the akward title...
Dueling Violins: This an excillent use of Celtic Violin, and a perfect song for fans of this musical genre, but it tends, once again, to be too short!
Whispering Wind: A fair song, and one of the CD's weaker tracks that once again features Flately on flute. I sometimes think this one was only included because Mr. Flately wanted another flute solo...
Dance Above the Rainbow: My personal favorite on the CD, it begins with some heavenly Violin, then ends on the last minute with a mix of techno-y sounding celtic, and it's a perfect compliment to the rest of the song! A bit short, once again, but still the perfect song!
Dawning: Basically put, Celtic Dream meets Lord of the Dance meets Cry of the Celts. This begins with a song that is quiet similiar to Celtic Dream from the orignal CD, then goes into the man chorus of Lord of the Dance, then plays through the entire Cry of the Celts track from the first soundtrack, all in all, a waste of space!
Spirit's Lament: As the title suggests, a sad song, but yet how many sad irish songs include the word "Lament"? A nice addition, but in itself a yawner.
I Dreamt I Dwelt: again, another perfect vocal preformance that was missing on the Lord of the Dance CD, with cute lyrics and fair music, but a little ill placed in the sequence of tracks on the CD
Strings of Fire: Very similiar to Dueling Violins, and is heavy on Celtic Violin, a beautiful song, but would have been better only if it was a bit more unique
Hell's Kitchen: A bad guy's song, and throw-back of high priests, this could almost pass as a redone version of High priests with more music and less chanting. A perfect villian theme, and a strangely likeable song.
Celtic Fire [Live]: Now, why they decided to take this live I really don't know, for a CD listeners has to put up with screaming crowds, and occassinal speech by the performers, the song in itself is a satisfing way to end the CD, and once again gives Michael Flately an ego trip for his flute.
Overall very enjoyable, just a bit short, repetative, and almost too much like the original Lord of the Dance CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lord Of The Dance Lover
um, what's up with the French guy? buy the CD...I think that's what he wanted to say lol

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD!
I am a Huge fan of Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance and Feet of Flames. The music has an happy effect over me and when I bought the Feet of Flames and Lord of the dance, I just couldn't help but smile and feel uplifted! I highly recommend both soundtracks and the videos, it's such a wonderful show with wonderful music that makes you want to get up and start dancing even if you have no idea what you are doing!!!
*They really should come out with a CD that has the added tapping. The music is already perfection, but the tapping adds such an extrodinary effect that is beyond incredible.

2-0 out of 5 stars Shell out a few more buck for the DVD - Blows this away
Anyone who has ever attended Lord of the Dance or Feet of Flames knows two things...

1) The most amazing part of the show and music is the incredible speeds at which they can tap and....

2) Feet of Flames is a revamped version of Lord of the Dance with a few more explosions and a few new acts. Most of the music on both Lord of the Dance and Feet of Flames CD's omits the sounds of the dancers tap shoes, even more so in Feet of Flames. Is that not the point behind this type of dance?

My suggestions...
1) Purchase the Feet Of Flames DVD or the Lord of the Dance DVD from Amazon. You may not be able to listen to it in the car but you can play it for the music or plop yourself down and experience it again and again.
2)If you are still going to by the CD, pick up Lord of the Dance and skip Feet of Flames. There are only a few new items added and the Lord of the Dance CD contains a better selection of music.
3) Purchase the Feet of Flames DVD and instantly you will take note of how few songs are actually on the audio CD. I truly believe it should have been a two CD set to allow for all of the music from the show and separate versions with tap and without. ... Read more

123. Water From the Well
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On Water from the Well, Paddy Moloney and the Chieftains return to the traditional Irish music that first made their reputations in the early 60s. Unlike most of their recordings from the 1990s there is nary a rock star, folk singer, or symphony orchestra to be found. Instead the Chieftains have chosen to play with some of Ireland's finest musicians, including Barney McKenna, Seamus Begley, Altan, and the Kilfenora Ceili Band. Here the Chieftains cover the entire spectrum of Irish traditional music, from a stately version of "Planxty George Brabazon" with the Belfast Harp Orchestra to a raucous session in flautist Matt Molloy's pub to a number of ballads sweetly sung by Kevin Conneff. The Chieftains have always performed at the highest level, but on Water from the Well the combination of familiar tunes and great musical guests seems to have inspired them to some of their best playing in years. --Michael Simmons ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Water for the Soul
This CD is a distilation on one disk of the heart of Irish music, as expressed by the band that has always been brilliant and clear in its performances. The range shown on this CD is what makes it such a gem. From the lively tracks like the opener, "Lots of Drops of Brandy," and "The Donegal Set" to the reflective and somber "Bean an Fhir Rua," to the mystical and minimalist "The May Morning Dew," WFTW provides sustenance for many varied moods. If you are new to Irish traditional music, then this is a great CD to start with. Writing as an American without any Irish forebears, this music has a resonance with the American spirit and history, which shows how much America and Ireland share culturally. And of course, ultimately, great music, born of whatever land, becomes the common treasure of all humanity. Bravo Chieftains!

4-0 out of 5 stars Just like the old days.
I have enjoyed the Chieftains for many years now and it is nice to see them get back to basics. I have enjoyed their recent forays into pop culture but it's nice to see them back where they started; as one of the great interpreters of traditional Irish music. With live sets from pubs mixed with studio work, this CD is a lovely example of the music of Ireland.

5-0 out of 5 stars Water from the Well
The Chieftains have long been regarded as Ireland's musical ambassadors. Since their first album in 1962 they have forged ahead perhaps more than any other Irish group, opening the way for stellar outfits like the Bothy Band and Planxty (who have both had very nearly as big an influence on the tradition as the Chieftains have). But since Boil the Breakfast Early, also known as The Chieftains 9, they have diverged from their roots to pursue other Celtic traditions (such as those of Brittany in France and Galicia in Spain) and collaborations with anybody that was willing. 2000's Water from the Well, however, signaled a return to form after a decade filled with rock & rollers, symphony orchestras, and country western singers.

And what a way to end the past millennium! This is one of the finest collections of Irish music ever committed to disc. Here are collaborations as well, but not with folks like Van Morrison or Sting or Mick Jagger (excellent artists though they all are) - here are found the Chieftains paired with some of the best traditional artists of our time. From the rollicking opener Lots of Drops of Brandy to the indescribably beautiful closer An Gaoeth Aneas (The South Wind) this album is spot on, both in instrumentation and in delivery. And the tracklist is as varied as the lineup. There is something for every fan of The Music, as it is called, here. From slow airs to blasting polkas and reels to sprightly jigs and hornpipes, from harp orchestras to live sessions at flutist Matt Molloy's pub in Westport, Co. Mayo, nothing on this Cd is dragged down by distracting digression from the tradition or uninteresting arrangements. This is the Chieftains at the top of their game, and they're having a grand old time being there too.

I own all but a few of the Chieftains' albums and dozens by other Irish artists and to this day Water from the Well remains one of my overall favourites. If you decide to get this disc, it may well prove one of the most important Irish music purchases you will ever make. Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!

5-0 out of 5 stars Not a pop star in sight, and it sounds refreshing
I bought LONG BLACK VEIL and assumed that this cd would have the standard fare of big shots singing with TC, but I was wrong.

And talk about a throwback in music time, the cheiftains really go hog wild on the old school irish music. Very wonderfully done. The sounds are very good and the song picks are great.

This is a great CD to put in during the holiday season, because irish music sounds so darn good during this time of the year. I hope everyone has this cd during xmas.

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124. Irish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion
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3-0 out of 5 stars Points off for poor mastering, packaging
Terrific material here from the Clancys and Makem, no question about that. The original two albums this CD has been assembled from are classics of Irish traditional folksong, and in a way, this CD package is the best way to acquire both in digital format at a bargain price. However, the mastering for CD is perfunctory at best and a cheat at worst. The first half, the rebel songs from the original "Irish Songs of Rebellion" (aka Rising for the Moon; be aware of many repackagings of Clancy Bros. material on various labels) is a better job, although the production still sounds thin. But the second half, the drinking songs from "Come Fill Your Glass with Us", is woeful. The playing speed is too fast compared to the original vinyl and these songs have patently been prepared from a vinyl LP, not original master tapes -- you can still hear the pops and clicks and turntable hum. There's no excuse for this.

Many reviewers of other Clancy Bros. albums have complained about shoddy repackagings and haphazard presentation and noted that it's about time Sony/Columbia put some effort into compiling a complete set of Clancy Bros. recordings in proper sound quality. I heartily second this motion. ...

5-0 out of 5 stars If you buy one Clancy Brothers CD...this is the one!!
Ah, Ireland, the land of sad love and happy war. The songs are funny, rousing, sad, uplifting and satirical all at the same time. Many of the songs, such as "Nell Flaherty's drake are camoflaged songs of protest against the British "oppressors." I find my self humming the songs and I'm not even Irish. What's even more unusual is my 17 year old son likes the songs too.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great rebel music.
The Clancy's are at their best when singing about rebellion. This album will remind you just how much you hate the Brits! ... Read more

125. Fire In The Kitchen
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This recording happened more or less by accident while the Chieftains were visiting Canada. At the time, there were "no plans to make a Chieftains recording as such," Paddy Moloney explains in a short introductory note. Canadian musicians came by to visit, and there was a prolonged kitchen party--with the tapes rolling. The Chieftains become accompanists and producers for some very talented fiddlers (the Leahy family, Ashley MacIsaac, Natalie MacMaster), vocalists (the Rankins, Great Big Sea, Laura Smith, Rita MacNeil, Mary Jane Lamond, the Barra MacNeils family, and the Ennis Sisters), and others. With such a diverse cast, a variety of styles are explored and the quality is comparable with that of the Chieftains' own work. While songs like "My Bonnie" may be familiar, they get distinctive treatment from this crew. --Joe McLellan ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A knockout album
The Chieftains' collaborations with other artists have been a mixed bag, but this album is terrific all the way through. Here they take a back seat to their guests, providing support, polish, and an occasional haunting enhancement (e.g., a vocal or flute obbligato) to the main event. The results are always good, and sometimes smashing -- I never thought that old kindergarten staple "My Bonnie" could be memorable, but Laura Smith transforms it into a moving account of loss and memory in a Cape Breton landscape you can almost reach out and touch. The selections by Mary Jane Lamond and Natalie MacMaster are outstanding, Great Big Sea and the Rankins are a kick in the pants, Ashley Mac Isaac gets back to basics, and the final track with La Bottine Souriante will have you out of your armchair and dancing.
While mainland Celtic music has suffered over the centuries from being successively suppressed, Mendelssohn-ized, Victorianized, and now New-Age-synthesized, the isolated Celtic communities in Canada have stayed in touch with the music's home-grown roots. So the young artists coming out of this tradition give the old tunes a gusto and freshness that's often lacking in the cookie-cutter performances of "trad" music -- I was reminded at times of the Bothy Band's first album. This CD does an admirable job of conveying these artists' energy and high spirits, and I can't recommend it highly enough.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fire in the Kitchen: Spontaneous Combustion!
If you like traditional Irish music and the Chieftains, buy this CD immediately! You will hear both the past and future of this music as the tracks take you through jigs, reels and ballads with spontaneity, improvisation, and energy that are rarely captured in a recording. This album was made by the Chieftains when they accompanied various Canadian artists in impromptu sessions called "kitchen parties" (hence the title "Fire in the Kitchen"), and the selections have a freshness and edge to them not found in well-rehearsed studio recordings. This CD is the equivalent of an Irish music "jam session." The instrumentals are foot stompers incomparably done in the Chieftain tradition, but I especially was struck by the vocals. Laura Smith's lamenting rendition of "My Bonnie" breathes new life into what I had always considered a school child's song. When Rita MacNeil sings "Come by the Hills," you'll be ready to pack! your bags. This CD presents new music in the old tradition. You can see this music's future here, and it looks bright!

5-0 out of 5 stars Hot, Smokin', Explosive Celtic Music ...
Paddy Moloney & the Chieftains travelled around Canada jamming & with some of the finest traditional musicians on this side of the planet (N. America). They roamed about Halifax, Nova Scotia; stopped near Toronto, Ontario; did a hop, skip & jump to Montreal, Quebec and even visited Newfoundland, to collaborate and collect wild, raucous, party music *just* for our listening pleasure. They succeeded beyond their wildest imaginations.

Leahy burns the first set of tunes with so much fire and smoke that no one wants to put it out. "Madame Bonaprte/Devil's Dream/Mason's Apron" lights the first fire, with an unmatched medley, played on fiddles, guitar, bass, piano, mandolin and drums. They demonstrate just how they catapulted to center stage & why they will always remain there. The hauntingly beautiful voices of the Rankin sisters will melt the coldest of hearts, truly inspirational ... The clear, crisp voice of Laura Smith with her unique rendition of "My Bonnie" gives off sparks, ready to ignite anything within hearing distance. Ashley McIsaac on fiddle accompanied by guitar leaves nothing standing in her path ... Natalie MacMaster "burns the house down" playing with her inimitable style and step dancing as she does it. "A Mhairi Bhoidheach" sung by Mary Jane Lamond will bring smokey tears to anyone's eyes. "La Bottine Souriante" from Quebec, gives us the final searing finishing touch, as they play "Le Lys Vert" on trombone, accordion, fiddles, saxophone, trumpet, mandolin, and piano. This CD keeps exploding with so much fire and smoke you just don't want the music to stop! It is one of the best complilations of Canadian Celtic music that money can buy! Erika B.

5-0 out of 5 stars fantastic cd
This really is a magnificent compilation of Canadian/Celtic music - from slow, sweet melodies to kick-up-your-heels fiddle tunes. There's not a bad song in the bunch. I highly recommend buying it - you won't be sorry.

5-0 out of 5 stars Julia Child's kitchen be damned!
In the old tradition of kitchen parties, the collaboration between the Chieftans and about nine other Celtic performing groups was conceived in a kitchen in Halifax, Canada.

What started as a jam session turned out to be a veritable stone soup with various artists contributing and making a recording clearly representative of the talent that is harboured true North strong and free.

Ranging from firey fast numbers such as Madame Bonapart/Devil's Dream/Mason's Apron opener, to An Innis Aigh, which is gorgeously beautiful in its simplicity and expressiveness, Fire in the Kitchen delivers a full-course meal of Celtic music and leaves the listener veritably stuffed at the end.

It is a delightful 53 minutes and 23 seconds, with no track to my displeasure. I look forward to more recordings of this energy and candor. ... Read more

126. Live Laugh Love
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5-0 out of 5 stars Songs of Inspirationo
Not only this disc, but all of his discs are SUPER. I now have 7 discs and plan to order more as they become available and I also have 2 DVDs, 7 VHS and listen to some every day. His music makes me feel at peace world and I highly recommend any of his recordings.

5-0 out of 5 stars Waltz Across Texas
All the songs on this CD are rated with 5 stars. I really can't pick just one song. It is just fantastic.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Singer
We can't get enough of this wonderful singer. Eventually I hope to own all of his CD's. Easy listening anytime!

5-0 out of 5 stars Never Tire of Daniel's Music
LIVE,LAUGH,LOVE, another desirable album by this personable Irish entertainer, was released in 2001. Daniel's fabulous voice is rapidly winning devoted fans in the U. S. as he has elsewhere. His easy-listening versatility is demonstrated as usual in this album with a mixture of country, pop, and Irish songs. I can listen to Daniel's albums often (I have most of them) and never tire of any.

Included are two lovely melodies which Daniel had a part in writing with Mark Roberts, ALL I WANT IS YOU and I WILL THINK OF YOU, both with lyrics that will touch your heart. I hope he writes more.

As usual it is difficult to pick favorites, but from lively LIVE,LAUGH,LOVE to lovely Irish BELFAST and AMONG THE WICKLOW HILLS, from WALTZ ACROSS TEXAS (I love waltzes) to the meaningful lyrics of ONLY THIS MOMENT IS MINE, Daniel's love of singing comes through his music. GREEN GREEN GRASS OF HOME is done as beautifully as anyone could do it. For country ballads all of them will surely please especially THANK YOU FOR LOVING ME.

For more about Daniel, please read my other CD reviews. He is a singer you will be hearing more and more about. If you like this kind of music, you will wish you had discovered him sooner as I do.

5-0 out of 5 stars This the best!
This CD is one of the greatest ever it is easy listening.
Daniel O'Donnell is one of the greatest singer of our time. ... Read more

127. Solas
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!! Easily one of my favorite New Age CD's!
I love this CD! I rarely find a CD which has a number of tracks I like. This one is a pleasant exception. I would classify the type of music as more like New Age Jazz than Celtic, though. The music is very smooth but filled with beautiful repetitions, the type you keep humming to yourself that you can't get off your mind! If you like Enya, McKennitt, and most of the music from Hearts of Space, you should love this. I can't wait for Ronan Hardiman's next CD. If it's only half as good as this one, it will be worth the wait.

5-0 out of 5 stars I would highly recommend this CD.
Ronan Hardiman's Solas is a wonderful creation by the composer of Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance. Ronan's musical genius is something to be enjoyed by any who like Celtic music. His combination of traditional style Irish music and modern technology produces such emotion in his music. I can't recommend this enough! I have an autographed copy myself!

5-0 out of 5 stars This is great celtic music. The best 'new'group in years
The lead singer has a lovely voice and the songs are done in an individual manner. so many celtic bands just play the music loud and fast and lose the beauty of the music. Solas has not done that here. The flute playing is just beautiful and I love the fiddle playing. What more can be said?

5-0 out of 5 stars One of my top 5 favorites
This CD has the most up-lifting beat which I love. I crank up the volume and sit back and take it all in.

4-0 out of 5 stars Awseome CD!
Great to fall asleep to, pleasant, serene and placid music. Helps the mind, body, and soul heal, relax, or be helped. You will enjoy if you like Enya. ... Read more

128. Herding Cats
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Following their gig as steerage band in mega-blockbuster The Titanic, their acclaimed self-titled debut disc, and a continuous tour throughout North America, the U.K., Japan, and France, Gaelic Storm offer up the enticing reels, boisterous jigs, and sweet melodies of Herding Cats. Beginning with the rousing "Drink the Night Away," the quintet marries fiddle, guitar, accordion, harmonica, and bodhran with the African djembe, the group's signature vocals, and a spirit of merriment. Previously a favored pub band in Santa Monica, California, the ensemble, whose members hail from places as diverse as Ireland, Zambia, England, and the U.S., manages to preserve the intimacy of a small show while infusing the recording with robust zeal and exceptional musicianship. "O-Mahonny's" stars a flamenco-jazz-flavored guitar and accordion intro, while "Hewlett's Set," "Western Lilt," and "Titanic Set" cajole the listener to frolic on the dance floor and "She Was the Prize" evokes starry-eyed romance. --Paige La Grone ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A terrific follow-up to their debut
This album really grows on you. The more I listen to it, the better it gets, which is saying something since I was very impressed the first time I heard it. "Herding Cats" has a great mix of traditional and original tunes (good luck telling them apart... the original compositions sound just as timeless as the old folksongs), ranging from the lively "Drink the Night Away" to the unique "South Australia" to the terrific instrumental medley "After Hours at McGann's." If this CD doesn't cheer you up, nothing will! Gaelic Storm is a treat for fans of Celtic music or those looking for something new to dance to... if you enjoy the upbeat tracks on this CD, check out their self-titled debut as well.

4-0 out of 5 stars Herding Cats
I think this is a decent album -- stronger on the traditional music, with a fun, party/pub feel, weaker on the often somewhat silly "original" pieces. The energy projected by Gaelic Storm live doesn't quite come through, but it's still an enjoyable CD.

Reviewers may be interested to know that this band was in existence for *years* before the film Titanic came out; they used to play every Sunday at O'Brian's in Santa Monica. They're no more or less "commercial" than any other band.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Grand Celebration!!!
This cd is not bad at all. They sound a lot better than most artists from Ireland who have gone pop. Celtic music at it's best! Makes me want to riverdance around my living room without stopping for breathe! Gaelic Storm rocks!

4-0 out of 5 stars A lively romp
As a lot of people probably did, I bought my first GS disc (this one) after hearing them on the "Titanic" track (which I bought because it was composed by James Horner, but I digress). I enjoy Irish-pub style music anyway, and here is plenty of it, delivered with spirit and verve. The band isn't quite so good when it moves into the contemplative, which is why I rate it at four stars, but for music that will make your feet twitch, they're right up there.

4-0 out of 5 stars Dipper Loathes Kitty Cats, but ...
...loves Gaelic Storm!!! Especially that hottie cat on the cover! MEEEEE-yow!!!!! This CD is generally full of foot stomping, happy, fun, pub dry stout hoisting music!!! Dipper plays a mean air fiddle when "The Devil Went Down To Doolin" is playing! Dipper can't remember his own monicker after taking the opening barn-burner cut "Drink the Night Away" too literally! It's great to own your own home though so you can play your own music loud whenever you want, trip over Spot, and leave the Kia in the garage! Buy this CD, quit whining, paint yourself green, and make like it's "After Hours At McGann's"! Zigga-zagga zigga-zagga hoy-hoy-hoist!!! ... Read more

129. Talk On Corners [Special Edition]
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Having created a worldwide sensation with their albums Forgiven, Not Forgotten and Talk on Corners, Ireland's Corrs await the hit that will break them wide open in America. To that end, the group (who've earned a Rolling Stones openers slot) has issued a retooled version of its sophomore set, featuring five songs recast by some of Europe's hottest mixmasters, including K-Klass ("So Young"), Tin Tin ("What Can I Do?" and "Runaway," the latter song being from the group's debut), and "Dreams" (the Stevie Nicks song, remixed by Todd Terry, who turned Everything but the Girl's "Missing" into a smash). The new mixes for the most part aren't radical departures from the originals but strip away some elements, and add some spit and polish to others. "Dreams" is notable for taking the song even harder toward the dance floor without losing its appealing Celtic edge. The rest of the album is the same as the original version of Talk on Corners minus a few tracks, but still including their lovely version of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing." --Daniel Durchholz ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars It couldn't be any better
I had never heard the corrs before or seen any of their videos and then I saw them the World Music Awards, where they did "So Young". I absolutely loved the song an I bought their cd the next day. They are so talented, and their voices are beautiful. I love how jumpy and upbeat there music is. It seems like most stuff in the 90s is about breakups, broken hearts, or drugs. It so uplifting and wonderful to dance to. And what I can't say about 90% of cds, every song could be a hit. The violin adds so much to the songs and I love the Celticness of it. i would recommend this cd to anyone. It's my favorite cd and I'm going to go by their other cd soon. And besides the awesome songs, the three girls are hot. This cd would get ten stars if possible. A gem.

4-0 out of 5 stars Bartender, another Corrs please.
Album 2 1/2 from The Corrs is a mixed blessing. If you have previous Corrs albums, this one may be a bit of a departure from what you are used to, while if you are new to The Corrs, you might get a different impression of their origins. Talk on Corners Special Edition is a remix of their sophmore album of the same name after some tweekings to get the sound to appeal towards a more club and pop audience. Depending on your musical taste this may be a better or worse sound than their previous releases, but still brings the mix of classic Irish ballads and trend setting pop together in a fine collection of songs. Most impressive are Dreams(a Fleetwood Mac remake done for the dance club scene), Runaway(from their debut album remixed), and I Never Really Loved You Anyway which all highlight the beautiful voice of Andrea Coors as well as the many talents of the rest of the family. For other Americans, PBS has been running a taped show of The Corrs Live from Prince Albert Hall from their 1998 St. Patrick's Day concert in London which really shows The Corrs at their best which is live in concert. Overall another solid effort from the hottest Irish import since U2.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Best Corrs album so far
This is, by far, the best work of the Corrs. The latest release, In Blue, is good but disappointing after this album. There are so many songs included here that have excellent lyrics and melodies. Many have that simple 'hook' that makes you want to listen to them over and over again. If you have to buy just one Corrs CD, I recommend this above all.

1-0 out of 5 stars Pure Desecration
For some unearthly reason, it was decided by some genius that the Corrs' excellent original material needed to be "re-mixed", which is nothing more than a catchphrase meaning "defaced". Taking good material and overlaying it with phony synthesized rhythm tracks is about as artistic as spray-painting a Van Gogh. The cretins responsible for this mess should be profoundly ashamed of themselves, and should never be allowed to darken another recording studio. The originals of these songs are superb, but these so-called remixes are pure garbage.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not the original, but the Corrs make it good
Despite all the complaints about this being inferior to the original release (and ok, it is... a little) it's still a great Corrs album, and the only version you could really find in the states. The main difference, aside from some song changes, is in the increased pop style of the production which takes away a bit from their Celtic sound. Compared to your average pop though.. man does this sound good.

With gems like "Only When I Sleep", "What Can I Do", "Queen of Hollywood", "So Young", and "Hopelessley Addicted", what can you really complain about? They do keep some of the Celtic sound, especially on songs like the instrumental "Paddy McCarthy", "I Never Loved You Anyway" and the remake of "Runaway" from their debut. They even do a very passable rendition of Stevie Nicks "Dreams", successfully pushing it towards the dance floor.

The sisters sound great, and this is a very enjoyable pop album with that Celtic feel that made their debut album such a smash. (also reccomended) The Corrs are still up and coming artists, and although I wasn't terribly impressed with "In Blue", I have to believe they've got some great music left to make. ... Read more

130. Great Big Sea
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In 1993, a youthful quartet recorded a self-titled, independently produced debut album. They had been playing their own brand of Scots/Irish-influenced folk-rock to increasingly loyal audiences throughout Canada for several years, so there was a pre-existing demand. But it just kept growing! Thus begins the astonishing tale of how an obscure band from Newfoundland gradually evolved into a platinum-selling international phenomenon. Six albums later, their resources have broadened considerably, but the essence of their patented sound was obviously there from the beginning. Strong, tightly harmonized vocals, driving guitars, a profound mastery of Celtic instruments and traditions, plus a gleeful, uninhibited way with a hook were already part of the band¹s arsenal, much as they are today. Each of the 11 tracks has something to offer, but "The Fisherman's Lament," a bitter dirge about the destruction of Newfoundland's fishing industry, remains in the heart and head long after the music stops. --Christina Roden ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Fun, enjoyable update of old Celtic trad...
These Canadian fellas offer an earnest, bouncy mix of upbeat, slightly dorky, soft rock and Celtic-by-way-of-Newfoundland trad, sort of like the Pogues but without all the drunkenness and scary dental work. And, y'know what? It's not bad! There's sort of a relentless, Muppetlike cheerfulness about their debut record which can wear down even the most sniffy and grumpy of traditionalists. And it you're looking for some bright, lightweight pop, this could be a big winner for you. Worth giving a spin.

(PS - This is a reissue of a record originally released in 1993.) ... Read more

131. Collection
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Album
This is an album that contains remakes of some of the songs the Irish Rovers have recorded over the years. I am not a big fan of remakes, but this album is an exception. The new arrangements of the old songs are fantastic. Their remake of "The Irish Rover" is the best recording they have made of that song. Their remake of "The Unicorn" captures the feeling of their original 1968 version. If you are thinking of checking out the Irish Rovers in concert, this would be a great album to go by as they still sound as great as they did 35 years ago.

3-0 out of 5 stars Re-recordings of Irish Rovers' classics
Though the Rovers' fame as Irish folk-artists has been eclipsed in the past few decades by The Chieftans, among others, their legacy as an immensely popular act throughout the '60s has allowed them to retain a strong following to this day. Having originally formed in Canada (to which they'd emigrated from various parts of Ireland), they quickly found their way into the folk clubs of the early-1960s USA, where they added Irish roots to the then-booming folk-revival scene.

Most American listeners will know the Rovers only from their 1968 hit single of Shel Silverstein's "The Unicorn," or their early '80s recording of Tom Paxton's "Wasn't That a Party?" But their back catalog is filled with Irish ballads, drinking songs and family stories, accompanied by classic Irish guitar, whistle, accordion and multi-part singing. The Rovers typically avoided political statement (being a mixed band of Protestants and Catholics), though songs like "Orange and Green" do comment obliquely on The Troubles.

This newly recorded release finds the Rovers still in strong voice, and as joyous as ever. Only Will Millar is missing from the original lineup (he left the group in 1995), and new members, John Reynolds, Wallace Hood and Sean O'Driscoll all make strong contributions. These tracks appear to have been recorded in the mid-90s (the liner notes to do not say, but with Millar's absence and Jim Ferguson's presence, and noting that Ferguson passed away in 1997, 1996 seems likely), and revisit many of the Rovers' best-loved songs.

3-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings. ... Read more

132. If Ever I Return
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Textured Voice and a Rich Assortment of Songs
It's so neat to see so many artists these days catering to people with adult musical tastes who want a full-bodied, high quality musical experience with each album. Connie Dover is certainly one of those contributing to the cause.

She is sometimes compared to Loreena McKennitt because they both compose music with a classical/Celtic feel. But there are some distinct differences. Connie's voice is more textured and earthy, though equally well trained. I would even go so far as to say she has a "better" voice, but there's so much personal taste involved in that judgment that maybe I should avoid the blanket statement. Loreena's voice is more ethereal, while Connie's voice is more lush. Connie's instrumentation is just a tad more conventional and understated, but only a tad.

Some of the songs on this album are like "Celtic aires", with a heavenly sound. Others are soft, rich ballads with a hint of Irish flare. And some are more upbeat and jig-like.

This is definitely one of Connie's best. And for people who have gotten addicted to this creative, classically styled, high quality genre, she is definitely an artist to introduce yourself to.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just Beautiful Music
Alastair Clark wrote "Just occasionally a voice arrives on the folk scene that is so pure, so beautiful, so magical, that it tells you: this is how to sing a song. Such a voice has Connie Dover". I now have all of her CD's and everyone has been a winner. Her voice stirs emotions like no other female singer can and is matched only by her physical beauty. Emotions can run from sadness in listening to "Who Will Comfort Me" to the beauty of "Peggy and the Soldier". I also enjoy the way Connie adds flavor to her CD's by injecting one or two songs that seem out of place. "Shady Grove" is one as was "Where Shall I Go" on the Wishing Well and "Jack of Diamonds" on Somebody. She is simply amazing!

5-0 out of 5 stars Unsurpassed
I still haven't found a Celtic artist I like as much as Connie Dover. Her voice is beautiful, and she never has weak moments. Her diction is perfect, as is her intonation. The instrumental accompaniment always enhances the mood of the song- from piano to fiddle to uillean pipes. Her songs are a nice variety of the older and newer, some with lyrics or melodies she has written herself. The harmonies are beautiful, particularly in La Fontaine. I can't say which of her albums is my favorite, but it might be this one. I listen to all of them frequently.

5-0 out of 5 stars I don't give five stars lightly.
Seriously, I've been collecting Celtic music since before it was a catergory in the CD store, and I still have only a few albums that I'll recommend hook line and sinker. But this has been one of them for years, and for vocals in particular I've never found a better one. Connie has an exceptionally clear and thrilling voice that can carry honey-thickness when she wants and then spin through those Celtic trills with the lightest agility. Granted, she sings like a singer, not like a folk musician, and the album is produced that way. It is somewhat glossier than your purist album, but the arrangements are tastefull, traditional, and appropriate to the magnitude of Connie's instrument. What's more, every song here is a standout, representing all the phases of Celtic ballads, from spirited to contemplative, mournful to narrative. The ten minute finale stunner, "How Can I Live At The Top Of The Mountain?", is worth the price of the album by itself. Even without Connie's talents this would end up being an uncanny collection of addictive tunes, but combined, I really can't imagine anyone who's come this far not enjoying it. Its basic aesthetics should please longtime Celtic fans, curious folk fans, and New Age crossover fans alike.

5-0 out of 5 stars Connie Dover - as talented a composer as anyone I know of.
The third of Connie Dover's solo CDs features a higher proportion of traditional Irish songs than in her previous two works, and she sings a song in French for the first time - but apart from that, 'If Ever I Return' delivers the usual delectable mix of ancient Scottish and American folk songs, and Connie's own modern compositions written in a traditional style, and executed with real feeling by this most gifted of artists. Eleven more lovely tracks to enjoy!

Favourites on this CD include 'LA FONTAINE', which is a beautiful song with French lyrics, and a gorgeous melody composed by Connie Dover herself. Then there is 'MISS LILLIAN WILLIAMS', an instrumental piece, written by Connie in honour of her grandmother. ('An Air for Mary Tipton' on the 'Somebody' album, was also inspired by one of Connie's relatives - lucky relatives indeed to have someone like this to immortalise them with such beautiful music!) The CD also includes as it's eleventh track, 'HOW CAN I LIVE AT THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN?' - a very pleasant Irish song with a final flourish of bagpipes to close the album. The best and most touching lyrics on this CD may well be those of the great conservation song 'WHO WILL COMFORT ME?', but I think the prettiest melody of all is that to which 'NED OF THE HILL' is sung.

On first hearing this CD, I felt it wasn't the best of Connie Dover's records. I felt that perhaps the musical accompaniment was a little less subtle than on 'Somebody' or 'The Wishing Well', and that the song selection was a little less attractive than on 'The Border Of Heaven'. But that's certainly no great criticism; it's still a superb collection of songs by any standards, and it's a CD which has grown on me the more I've listened. Superb songs apart, I would say it was Connie Dover's voice that first attracted me to all of her records - her diction is so clear that every word she sings can be understood (a rarity today). But the more I listen to her, the more I come to appreciate that she is also as talented a composer of music as anyone I know of, and that, I think, should be highlighted. Just listen to the lyrics to 'Who Will Comfort Me' and the melodies of 'Miss Lillian Williams' and 'La Fontaine', and I think you will agree. Connie Dover works in a genre which unfortunately receives scant attention from the mass broadcasting media; were her own compositions ever given the chance to come to wider public attention - then I cannot believe anything other than that her fame would dramatically and deservedly soar. ... Read more

133. Irish Drinking Songs [CBS]
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5-0 out of 5 stars This cd turned my Puerto Rican friend into an Irishman!
This is my favorite St. Patrick's Day cd and it's always a winner at parties. Top 40 this at your parties no matter what the crowd and watch all your friends become happy drunk irishmen right before your eyes as the party goes on.

The Dubliners do a few songs on this cd, but most are performed by the Clancy Brothers who are my absolute favorites. Powerful vocals and great lively music. Lotsa humor thrown in too.

Whiskey in the Jar performed by the Dubliners is Great!
Not too sure what song two is about, but the title is Beer, Beer, Beer.
Water is alright in Tay...Perfect song for drinkin'(especially a cold pint of Guiness).
The list goes on and on and then you get to my personal favorite: Finnegan's Wake...Fighting and drinking and people returning from the dead...A wonderful family get together song performed nicely by the Clancy Brothers. Lot's of comical stories in the music as in Juice of the Barley and Finnegan's Wake. The Parting Glass should not be played until nearly the end of any's truly a parting song. Skip this until the end (I actually love this song, but when you hear it you will understand what I mean).

If you really want to liven up the party and you cater to a younger crowd, mix this cd with the punkish Dropkick Murphys music. They do some Irish folk covers like Rocky Road to Dublin, Finnegan's Wake etc...

Bainne na mo is an gamna and the juice of the barley for me!

Enjoy this cd and Don't Drink and Drive!

5-0 out of 5 stars Because everyone's Irish once a year...
There once was an album of green,

Full of songs about beer and poteen,

Twas great start to finish,

Likely 'cause of the Guinness,

So I give it five stars on your screen.

4-0 out of 5 stars No Dirty Anglicans Allowed!
This is an excellent album to sing along with. I highly recommend it, but I do not think the Loyalists or anyone who sides with them have any right to enjoy these fantastic songs. They have caused enough harm to the great Irish people without now insulting them by attempting to share in their good and decent traditions. They should stick with their gloomy Protestant songs.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Perfect CD to sing along to in the car. Perfect to get drunk on beer and scotch and sing along to. Perfect to get drunk on beer and scotch and sing along to in the car. Overall, you can't listen to this CD without having fun.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Phenomenon called Irish Drinking songs
If you have not heard these wonderful drinking songs, you have missed out on the CD of your life. This CD means so much to me that I cannot even describe it in words. When my ex broke up with me I grabbed a gallon of Irish whiskey and played this album while locked in my room sobbing. I stayed there for a couple days. When I emerged from my room I was a changed woman. Let me tell you something, this album changed my life. That is all I can say about it. ... Read more

134. Somewhere Along the Road
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5-0 out of 5 stars Don't pass this up!
This is one of the best Celtic CD's ever! The mix and the content are just beautiful. Cathie will be well-known someday wait and see.

If you love beautiful Celtic music, Cathie's music is for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Voice
If you like Celtic and folk and appreciate a truly beautiful singing voice, you will probably enjoy this CD. I "discovered" her through my Cherish the Ladies CD's, all of which I like but especially 2 early ones ("The Back Door" and "Out and About")where she sings lead. I enjoy her mix of new originals and traditional. Her band is great also. Now that I have this one, I will be buying her other 2 solos as soon as I can!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful CD !
Cathie Ryan sings with such a beautiful voice, it instantly captivates the listener. And each song tells a heartfelt and deeply honest tale of love, family, loss and dignity. It is an amazing feat since she accomplishes all this with a mix of her own penned songs as well as renditions of traditional celtic ballads.

I see from her website ... that she has just started a national tour, and I look forward to attending her concert in San Juan Capistrano. I hope you trust my review and give her CD a try. I am sure you will find it as beautiful and captivating as I have.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Ryan yet
This is Cathie Ryan at her best. As in her other albums, what's lacking is more of her own compositions, those fine ballads of life as it's lived; but there's time for more. This album has probably her best mix of songs and is the best technical mix yet. The songs have an elegant simplicity that allows her own artistry to stand out on top of the accompaniement as if on a pedestal. If I had to have one of her disks, I'd have this one, but I would sorely miss the rest. So I have them all. ... Read more

135. Song of the Irish Whistle
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Eileen Ivers is one of the guest musicians on this, the solo album from the tin whistle virtuoso of the all-female Irish American folk band Cherish the Ladies. Like Ivers, Madden is a Senior All-Ireland champion on her instrument and has modernized traditional tunes by adding synthesizers (courtesy of producer and new-age star Brian Keane) and electric bass. On this all-instrumental album, Madden doesn't pursue Ivers' improvisational flights but rather an atmospheric lushness of sound. At times, the recording threatens to lapse into mood music, but the sturdiness of the traditional tunes and the piercing purity of Madden's tone prevent that. Instead the pop touches merely provide an inviting setting for the lyrical whistle lines. --Geoffrey Himes ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars What A Great Recording!
I was in the "International" section of a record store and this CD was in the front of one the rows. I play the flute and pennywhistle so naturally, I was curious. I took a chance, bought it and was incredibly impressed. Now, don't get me wrong, just because I play these instruments doesn't mean that I absolutely adore any kind of Celtic music. But, let me tell you, I'm not lying when I say that Joanie Madden's version of the beautiful tune "Down By The Sally Gardens" alone is worth the price of the CD. Of course, there's lots more here to enjoy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent music by one of Ireland's premire flutists.
Joanie Madden is a master of her craft. She makes Irish music come alive in this CD. This collection has one of the best renditions of "Sally Gardens" that I've ever heard. END

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
This is one of my favorite albums ever. If you like the Irish Whistle then you will love this. I was in a rut in my life and I couldn't find any music to really move me until one day when I accidentally stumbled upon Joanie Madden. This music is so touching and beautiful. I highly recommend this album if you like Irish/Celtic music. This album even inspired me to start playing the Irish Whistle.
Buy this album and enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars A beautiful CD
I absolutely love Irish music and this CD is amongst my favorites. Joanie Madden is a wonderfully talented artist and I could listen to this CD over and over - which I do! :) All of the tracks, from the soothing "Immigrant" to the upbeat "Lord Mayo" are a joy to listen to! I would recommend this CD to any fan of Irish music.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Irish Whistle Album Yet!
I'm so pleased with this Album, it is exactly what I was looking for. Having been in Ireland a few years ago, out in Conamarra, among home grown Irish musical people, it more then takes me back to the local Pubs where they sing and play for they own love of it, not just for we tourists----- ... Read more

136. Celtic Twilight, Vol. 1
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The original in the internationally popular Hearts of Space series, Celtic Twilight is a collection of 14 pieces: 8 from the label's artist stable of recordings--including a quartet of compositions from HOS stalwart Bill Douglas--and 6 from other carefully selected artists. An instrumental recording, save for the standout "Ancient Pines" from singer-instrumentalist Loreena McKennitt and the Bill Douglas closer featuring soprano Jane Grimes, Celtic Twilight combines traditional Celtic whistles, acoustic strings, and bagpipes with contemporary keyboards. Gentle, lilting and romantic, these songs are the music of the ocean and rolling green hills, of that magical pink-sky time of evening when the lines between myth and reality blur in a most pleasing fashion. --Paige La Grone ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This is the CD that got me totally hooked on Celtic music.
I bought this CD about two years ago after hearing excerpts on the syndicated Hearts of Space radio program. I never grow tired of listening to it. Each of the selections is excellent. I love this CD so much that I bought a second one, in case I lost it! It was the first Celtic CD I bought in my ever increasing collection of Celtic CD's.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but Others in Celtic Genre more Worthy
'Celtic Twilight' (title given by William Butler Yeats for an 1893 book of stories of his Irish homeland) is a compliation of selected from the Heart of Space catalog. I'm a long-time listener of Celtic music and I'm not knocking HOS but, other albums in this genre are more worthy. This album is a mixture of electronic synths harmonizing with fiddle, bagpipe and tin whistle. They're beautiful to hear them and are very relaxing. The four music pieces of Bill Douglas are quite nice and combines the elements of Celtic, African, Indian, jazz and classical. The only piece that come any close to Celtic is the Joanie Madden (Cherish the Ladies) piece, "Women of Ireland" and heard on John Boswell's piece "Skye Boat Song" (from the traditional Scottish) and Alasdair Fraser's piece playing the fiddle on "Lassie with the Golden Hair" (traditional Scottish).

May I suggest a few good Celtic albums I find that are satisfying in their style and pure form-Joanie Madden's 'Song of the Irish Whistle,' Séamus Ennis 'Best of Irish Piping,' 'Castles of Gold,' 'A Thistle & Shamrock Christmas Ceilidh,' and 'Gaelic Voices.' Hope that some of these will help in your Celtic music selection. In my experience most compliation albums aren't all that great. Most great songs are missed that should have been on the album. Also be careful of imitations and read those customer reviews if an album is genuine or not. Good Luck!

4-0 out of 5 stars Celtic highlight!
I bought this CD because it looked very mysterious with the title and the cover picture and all. I've picked a few CD's because of their covers, and it hasn't always been a pleasant surprise... This time, however, I was not dissappointed. The album has this true Celtic feeling over it, and when I sit at my room listening to it I can see the beautiful landscapes of Ireland clearly before me. There are so many CD's of Celtic and Irish music, and a lot of them are just [JUNK]. I'm just very happy to say this wasn't.
The tracks I liked the most will have to be track nr 1: John Doan with Farewell, track nr 4: Joanie Madden with Women of Ireland, nr 6: Bill Douglas with Windhorse and nr 9: Radhika Miller with Origins. Origins is the album's best track. It's very emotional and makes me want to cry, simply because it's so great.
If you like Celtic music, you should buy this album.

3-0 out of 5 stars Celtic Dissapointment
When I bought this CD I was hoping for the gritty real-life celtic spirit music HOS is famous for playing. Instead I felt like I was shopping in some new-age wannabe store where they play what they think is supposed to be celtic music. Basically, it is almost all watered-down synths and occasional flute medlies. I do not recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfection...
I first heard this compilation about 7 or 8 years ago. My wife (girlfriend at the time) had found the cassette at a nature store and broght it over. I have long since worn the cassette out. I was so glad to see that I could get another copy (this time on cd). This is the best collection of Celtic music in the world. Period. ... Read more

137. Skyedance
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5-0 out of 5 stars After all these years -- still one of my *very* favorites
Anything with Alasdair Fraser is going to rank very, very high with me. The passion, compassion, joy, and sweetness of this music transports me to an entirely estatic place of being. This will make your heartstrings thrumb with pleasure! If you ever have a chance to hear him live, do not pass it up... he brings his audience into a circle of warmth and community. You truly feel like a part of his tribe.

5-0 out of 5 stars An important piece in the soundtrack of my life
Driving along the California coast, windows open, exhausted, Skyedance fills me with life and enthusiasm. Ruidleadh Cailleach, Sheatadh Cailleach was my wedding processional in a mountain campground. It is new and eternal. I can't describe in words what is pure poetry of sound, feeling. The rhythm catches you up and moves you, while the harmonies calm and cradle you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Maybe the Ultimate Fiddle Album
While I have enjoyed most of Alasdair Fraser's recordings over the years, I find this is definitely his best offering. Both the choice of tunes and the arrangements are superb. If you can only have a Scottish fiddle album, make sure this is it !

5-0 out of 5 stars One of my Top 10
An award-winning Scottish fiddler and a New-Agey pianist combine forces, and the results are pure magic. They stay true to the traditional tunes (instead of, for example, jazzing up the rhythms or tweaking the tempi); the innovation lies in Machlis' fresh harmonies and Fraser's discreet use of improvisation. The tunes (mostly unfamiliar) are a good selection and well contrasted, and the title track, played as a slow air, is one of the most haunting melodies I've ever heard. Ever since the first time I heard it (on the late, lamented KLRS in Monterey, CA), this album has been on my "most likely to take to a desert island" list. ... Read more

138. The Border of Heaven
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4-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Renditions of Traditional American Songs
It's hard not to fall in love with Connie Dover, who looks and sings like an angel. She has cited Steeleye Span and its lead singer, Maddy Pryor, as an early influence. That makes sense, because she is perhaps the purest soprano folk singer I have heard since Maddy Pryor. Before I acquired this CD, my only exposure to Ms. Dover was several songs here and there on various Celtic music collections, but on each and every one, her voice always stopped me in my tracks. So when I saw this collection of early American folk tunes (and the songs that inspired them), I thought it was a bit of a departure for her. But these arrangements strikingly emphasize the Scots-Irish influence on American folk music. Even old chestnuts like "Sweet Betsy from Pike" and "Streets of Laredo" can be heard in a new light. Ms. Dover gets expert assistance, too, from familiar names like Phil Cunningham (who also produced), Jerry Douglas and John Hartford. This is an impressive effort from one of the most beautiful voices in traditional music.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! Connie Dover's best recording yet!
This beautiful concept recording follows a perfectly-balanced selection of songs, some well known, others obscure, across the ocean from the British Isles to young America. It is a glorious journey. Connie Dover has the perfect voice to convey the timelessness of these songs, from "Streets of Laredo" to obscure plaints from the Civil War, and the tasteful, spare instrumental backing haunts the ear. No words can adequately convey the richness and depth of this music, and Connie Dover is an artist who, once discovered by a fan, inspires enduring loyalty. Just listen to the remarkable job she does on "Sweet Betsy From Pike," staple of those old junior high songbooks: in a deceptively rollicking performance, Ms. Dover actually manages to bring the West alive, then to slip in a very human, elegiac note. It's incredible. From a shopworn, "throwaway" tune she creates a mini-history of the great westward migration and a very human story. Connie Dover has given us a series of fine, lovely albums, but, for me, this is the best yet. Achingly beautiful and vivid. Whether you raise the money selling homemade crafts or draw it from your investment in Cisco systems, buy this album--and share it with friends. Built of Anglo-Celtic parts, this is a true American masterpiece.

5-0 out of 5 stars Connie's renditions set a standard which is hard to match.
'The Border of Heaven' is aptly named, for many of the songs on this - Connie Dover's fourth solo CD - have a dreamy, angelic feel to them. Of course there are more upbeat numbers too, but then that is typical of this singer's records - a bold but effective mix of gentle Celtic ballads, 18th and 19th century American folk songs, a spiritual piece or two, and a smattering of Connie Dover's own compositions, which on this CD include the intriguingly original 'Last Night by the River', complete with the sound of an eagle wing-bone whistle!

As is usual with this artist, all the songs are very very good. Several of the tracks may be familiar to lovers of traditional music, but Connie Dover's versions invariably set a standard which is hard to match. Her rendition of the sad but true story of 'LORD FRANKLIN' and his ill-fated crew of adventurers is simply the best I have heard. 'THE WATER IS WIDE' is also performed beautifully. And as for 'THE SAILOR CUT DOWN IN HIS PRIME', I think Connie's version of this familiar melody is perfection itself, although the style in which guest artist Skip Gorman sings the companion piece 'The Streets of Laredo', is not to my own personal taste. The up-tempo songs include the jolly 'SWEET BETSY FROM PIKE' and 'WINTERS NIGHT', whilst 'I AM GOING TO THE WEST' is another of Connie Dover's own compositions - and yet it sounds just as 'traditional', and every bit as good, as the old, tried and tested standards. The spiritual song on this CD is the hymn 'WONDROUS LOVE' - wondrous indeed! The CD closes with two more lovely tracks, the achingly sentimental 'MY DEAREST DEAR', and finally 'BROTHER GREEN', a melody, not so much from the border, as from the very heart, of Heaven.

The standard of this artist has been well maintained in this, her most recent CD to date - happily Connie Dover is seemingly still singing, and writing, the most charming of songs. Less happily, Connie Dover CDs seem to come out rather sparsely, at three year intervals - so here's hoping we don't have to wait yet another three years for the next one. It pains me to say this as a Brit living in the land where so much of Connie's inspiration comes from, but there's nobody better in the world at singing this kind of material than this American. Certainly nobody I know of in my country. And there's still a huge wealth of beautiful material out there just awaiting her attention; so come on Connie - get recording again! In the meantime, just enjoy this, her latest contribution to the world of tradional folk. She is, as I say, the best in the business.

5-0 out of 5 stars This Really is the Border of Heaven
I bought this CD about a year ago, and I was so enthralled by Connie Dover's beautiful voice and wonderful songs that I've since bought all of her albums. Her other CD's are terrific, but I think this is her best work.

The "Border of Heaven" includes such traditional favorites as "Sweet Betsy from Pike," "The Streets of Laredo," "The Water is Wide," and "Lord Franklin," all sung by Connie Dover in her crystal clear voice. The liner notes explain the origins of some of these works--"Streets of Laredo," for instance, is based on much older songs, at least one of which was called "The Sailor Cut Down in His Prime." The album features both versions, as the old song about a dying sailor transitions into the familiar story of the cowboy shot down on the streets of Laredo.

Some of the songs, like "The Blessing" and "The Wandering Laborer," are Scottish or Irish folk tunes. Others, like the hauntingly beautiful "I Am Going to the West," are original compositions based on traditional folk lyrics or melodies.

I loved the CD because it's sung and arranged beautifully and because it has a variety of musical moods--traditional American, Celtic, and folk. There isn't a song on the album that I don't enjoy, and my wife loves it, too. I'm honestly surprised that Connie Dover isn't more famous than she seems to be, and I can't wait for her next CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Border of Heaven by Connie Dover
This album includes the type of music we expect from singers of Celtic music plus some old favorites like Sweet Betsy from Pike and the Streets of Laredo. Plus some of my favorite musicians are on it including Phil Cunningham, Jerry Douglas and Skip Gorman. This is lyrical music that you would expect from Enya, Loreena McKennitt and Mary Black. ... Read more

139. The Crossing
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The artist himself calls this project "the inevitable next step for a bluegrass singer-songwriter in his mid-40s named O'Brien," but in this description O'Brien sells himself short. It's only the "inevitable next step" for a musician who is passionate about his craft and his culture, conscientious about his music's deep roots, diligent in their exploration, and bold enough to celebrate them. O'Brien organizes a sort of family reunion that brings together Irish folk, its Appalachian old-time son, and its bluegrass grandson. Like with any family, all of these musical generations enjoy many shared traits and these similarities are brilliantly accented across 16 diverse yet related songs. O'Brien taps a number of resources, ranging from traditional Irish musicians like fiddler Frankie Gavin and wind player Seamus Egan to bluegrass stalwarts like Earl Scruggs, Del McCoury, Stuart Duncan, and Jerry Douglas to modern old-time enthusiasts such as David Grier and Dirk Powell to new-acoustic pickers like Darol Anger, Edgar Meyer, and Mike Marshall. O'Brien even enlists Guy Clark as lyricist for "John Riley" and unveils a marvelous original talking blues ("Talkin' Cavan") done in Dylanesque style. The result is an album that is both ambitious and comfortably traditional. --Marc Greilsamer ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Bluegrass Music Meets Its Celtic Roots
I first encountered Tim O'Brien twenty years ago as the vocalist/fiddle player in the bluegrass band Hot Rize. On this solo outing (which he dedicates to Hot Rize guitarist Charles Sawtelle), O'Brien takes us on a musical journey to his Celtic roots with a wonderful collection of both original and traditional songs.

The album opens with the traditional "Ireland's Green Shore" and is followed by "A Mountaineer Is Always Free," an O'Brien original who lifted the title from the West Virginia state motto. The title track is a rip-roaring original fiddle tune. "Wagoner's Lad" is a lovely duet with Kathy Mattea. One of my favorite tracks is "Talkin Cavan" which features O'Brien on guitar doing a terrific take on Bob Dylan as he tells of his 1998 trip to Ireland to find the old O'Brien farm cottage in County Cavan. Each tune is proof of the musical connection between Irish and American folk music. And with guest musicians like Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Seamus Egan (whistles, bodhran), Todd Phillips (bass) and Jerry Douglas (Hawaiian guitar), the music is nothing short of spectacular. Earl Scruggs even shows up on the instrumental medley "Lord McDonald/Cumberland Gap."

If you like Tim O'Brien, Celtic music, bluegrass, folk or any combination of the above, you'll find much to cherish on this album. Total running time: 63:10 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

4-0 out of 5 stars Bluegrass Roots Music
This is an excellent CD, clearly the soundtrack of O'Brien's personal journey to uncover his, and this music's, roots. Bill Monroe spoke of the "ancient tones" in the music he birthed - the drone of the fiddle imitating the pipes, the "chuck" of the mandolin suggenting the bodhran. O'Brien focuses on these very tones on this recording, backed by a superb supporting cast of players (Seamus Egan, Earl Scruggs, Jerry Douglas, Mollie O'Brien, Altan, and Kathy Mattea, to name a few).

For non-Bluegrassers, Tim O'Brien is one of the most accessible vocalists in the genre, in addition to being a fine musician himself. He's also a classy guy for dedicating this recording to the late Charles Sawtelle.

Highly recommended to those who enjoy acoustic, celtic, and bluegrass music.

5-0 out of 5 stars A terrific collection of songs and performances
Hard to add much to the reviews already written. You will definitely like this CD alot. O'Brien draws on major talent from both sides of the Atlantic to assist him on this project and almost every cut is superb (the rest are just real good). Tim O'Brien is in fine voice and his harmonies with Del McCoury, Kathy Mattea, and others are right on the money. One of the most impressive aspects of this project is the quality of Tim O'Brien's songwriting. I'm sure "A Mountaineer is Always Free" is destined to become a bluegrass/folk classic and his "Talkin' Cavan" is a great (and hilarious) tale of genealogy tourism gone awry.

4-0 out of 5 stars Taking a Chance on Tim
It's a truism that if you don't try new things you'll never know whether you like them. Tim O'Brien was a new artist to me when I got this album, and on the first play I wasn't sure whether I'd made a good choice, but it grows on you. There's authentic folk music ("Wagoner's Lad"), original music successfully imitating folk (the chilling "John Riley," which is *not* the song you remember Joan Baez singing--this one focuses on a little-known aspect of the 1846-7 war with Mexico, and if I didn't *know* it had been written expressly for this collection, I'd have thought O'Brien dredged it up from some obscure traditional songbook), instrumentals and "talkin' blues" ("Talkin' Cavan," which reminds me a bit of "Alice's Restaurant"). Worth your listen.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brave New World uncovered by the Crossing ...
As a fan of both celtic traditional and bluegrass music I was wary of a CD claiming to be a hybrid - too often it means an unsatisfactory compromise where original flavours become watered down and insipid. I need not have worried - Tim O'Brien has produced one of the most amazing and rewarding musical journeys I've followed for some time. Not only do the players from the two traditions blend instinctively and harmoniously but the tracks , mostly songs, are marvellous vehicles for new and exciting directions. There are superb performances all round, vocally from O'Brien with guests Paul Brady, Maura O'Connell, Kathhy Mattea, Del McCoury etc and musicians Altan, Frankie Gavin, Jerry Douglas, Earl Scruggs, Seamus Egan and a host of others and the sound is fresh, acoustic and vital, requiring no production gimmicks or effects. Standout songs for me personally are "Mountaineer is Always Free", "Lost Little Children", "Wandering" and "John Riley" although there is not a weak track on the CD. It is obvious that for Tim O'Brien this has been a labour of love. If you like acoustic music, from any tradition, either side of the Atlantic, you'll love it. Several of my friends have bought it on my recommendation and agree it is brilliant. ... Read more

140. Mystic Irish Rain
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4-0 out of 5 stars A little piece of serenity in a world of stress!
I just got this yesterday and put it on my stereo and was instantly surrounded, in the middle of a horrendous heat wave, with the blissful sound of rain and the beautiful sound of upbeat Celtic rhythms. I only wish it were longer and perhaps a little more dramatic. The music ended way too soon!

5-0 out of 5 stars Light the Fireplace
This c.d. definately makes you want to stoke up the fire and relax with the love of your life. Enchanting, relaxing, and allows your mind to drift to faraway cliffs, gentle rains, and celtic warmth. A great buy!

4-0 out of 5 stars Enchatingly Mystical
When you turn this enchanting music on you immediately want to grab your favorite chenille throw and curl up in your cozy chair. As you listen, you can't help and think up mystical stories to go along with the tunes. If your into Celtic rythms or in need of some soothing meditation time, buy this CD and order yourself some aroma therapy candles and you'll have a moment to yourself that will make you want to be sitting on a hill in Ireland with mist hitting your face.(if you want that effect right away, w/o paying for a ticket: grab a spray bottle and a fan)But,don't forget the music.... ... Read more

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