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161. Tree
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162. The Best of the Thistle &
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163. Music in Mouth
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164. Celtic Worship
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165. Tears Of Stone
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166. Wind Songs [Spring Hill]
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167. Song for Ireland
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168. Rifles of the I.R.A.
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169. Dance of the Celts
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161. Tree
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Right now, it seems there's nothing cooler than beingIrish--just look at the Celticmusic craze that has swept the United States and Europe, thesuccess of Michael Flatley's dance extravaganzas, or the simple factthat Ireland's economy is booming. In terms of Celtic music, recentwaves of artists cashing in on the trend have begun diluting the flavorand feeling behind the music. But groups like Gaelic Storm arekeeping their heritage alive, blending their musical roots with modernelements in a spirited fashion.

While the mixture of traditional numbers with originals on GaelicStorm's Tree is nothing groundbreaking, the group attacks itsmaterial with vigor and passion. The exuberant quintet fuses popsensibilities and incorporates nontraditional instruments (didgeridoo,African hand percussion, and bouzouki) within their gentle ballads andlively jigs and reels. It's a combination that works. Titanic director JamesCameron thought so--Gaelic Storm played the dance band that entertainedthe steerage class in that blockbuster movie. --Bryan Reesman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A different side of Gaelic Storm
In the CD notes, Gaelic Storm asks the playful question 'Why ... did they call it "Tree?"' The answer appears to be because they're starting to branch out in different directions.

This, the group's third CD, is markedly different from its predecessors. Gone, for the most part, is the downright frenzied tempo that had been the hallmark of Gaelic Storm since before they appeared on Titanic. I particularly miss that wonderful, virtuoso harmonica playing which was so prominent in "Herding Cats".

The biggest difference has to be the group's makeup. Mysteriously gone is Samantha Hunt, to be replaced by Kathleen Keane. Unlike Samantha, Kathleen sings -- a couple of songs all by herself. While her voice is pleasant, it's a bit too breathy for my tastes. And of course, the choruses tend to have a lighter sound, since they're no longer purely masculine.

With the amount of energy packed into the first two CD's, I began to wonder how long it would be before these guys mellowed out -- or spontaneously combusted. Sure enough, they're mellowing. I have visions of CD #7, in 2012, sounding rather like the Chieftains ....

Another difference is in the songs themselves: the group is relying less on traditional works and more on their own creations, which have a more "modern" sound to them, and contemporary themes to match.

Still, despite my reservations, I find this to be a fine CD and worth the money. My favorite track is "The Beggarman", precisely because it sounds the most like the old Gaelic Storm. My other favorite is "Swimmin' in the Sea", one of their home-grown melodies, and downright melancholy. It makes me want to head for the nearest coast in all possible haste. And there are three lively all-music tracks for your toe-tapping enjoyment.

The only recommendation I would make is to consider listening to the earlier CD's first, before moving on to this one. That way you can listen to Gaelic Storm evolve.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sweet Stuff
I had a teacher in 7th grade who used to play this CD while we were working. In the beginning of the year we were all "What is this music? Turn it off!" because it was so different from our usual teen pop, but by the end of the year we could not get enough of it and would beg him to play it for us. I am now in high school but my friend and I both got ourselves a copy of this CD and have not had a spare moment since then, when we aren't listening to it. It's a great CD that we can't turn off and we've just bought ourselves tickets to go see them in concert! If nothing else, you should definitely buy this CD and just listen to it a few times, if you're not completely addicted by then I'll be surprised!

5-0 out of 5 stars My absolute FAVORITE CD!!!
I love all kinds of music and have a 300 CD collection! Tree is the BEST CD in my extensive collection! It's great listening to it while driving in my car or working at my desk at work!! It gets your toes tapping during the jigs and reels, and makes you pensive and relaxed during the ballads! I recommend this CD to EVERYONE - you won't regret it!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars awesome! highly recommended
I first saw Gaelic Storm at an Irish Fest with a few of my friends. Although we didn't know any of their songs, the band was so awesome we were really into the music, clapping and dancing along. We bought this cd at the concert and have been listening to it ever since. It is amazing! They sound just like they did in person, which I didn't really expect. The songs range from funny to serious and sad. I highly recommend this cd to anyone who likes Irish music, and to anyone who is willing to try new tastes. It's well worth it!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Takes a while to get used to after the first two albums
OK, I didn't buy the CD, but I saw them live, had a ...blast, and d/l'd their songs. I had to do it quickly because I had work to do but I couldn't wait because I was blown away by the live performance (2/2003) and they had become an emotional need. So...I admit I didn't give slower songs like Black Is the Colour a chance. If it started slow I gave up on it. I fit 18 songs on the CD; 10 came from the 1st album, 5 from the 2nd, and only 3 (fittingly) from this one. Why? Because the faster, traditional Irish jigs in reels were in greater abundance on the older albums. So I sent the band this really nasty e-mail about how traditional Irish songs have been around forever because they're GOOD and that if Gaelic Storm wanted to continue being GOOD they should continue playing traditional Irish songs. It was fine with me that they wanted to be rock stars, because in my opinion they infused enough of a rock star attitude into their live performances. But (lo and behold) I'm getting tired of the hard dance tunes. Once you get sleepy, they're pointless and you beg for variety. Luckily, Gaelic Storm provides it in Black Is the Colour, Before the Night Is Over, and Walk through My Door. So, much as I hate to admit it, I have more d/l'ing to do. Gaelic Storm forever! Can't wait for their 4th album (Nancy Whiskey & I Wanna Fish and Get Fat!) Twigger for President! The Round Mound of Hindu Sound for head of UN foreign policy! Patrick Murphy for House Speaker! etc. etc. etc. ... Read more


162. The Best of the Thistle & Shamrock, Vol. 1
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4-0 out of 5 stars yay celtic music
IF you like Celtic music, you'll enjoy this. It's not spectacular, but it's definitely soothing and well-done. The Thistle & Shamrock is an excellent radio show, and this is a good collection of songs that have been featured on it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lovely Voices and Melodies
This CD is worth it just for Maura O'Connell's version of "The Water Is Wide". It makes my heart stop evertime I hear it. The other songs are also wonderful - complex and soothing.

5-0 out of 5 stars I look forward to volume 2!
Very enjoyable and wide ranging. Stirs all your emotions and brings you back home again. More please!

5-0 out of 5 stars Indespensible CD if you have a bit of Celtic blood in 'Ya
Great Celtic music.."All together" and "Westin Wind" stir the soul....bagpipes, flutes, great singing....this CD will transport you to the misty Isles....

5-0 out of 5 stars Compilation of the best Celt
Celtic music is a tradition that is just now beginning to sweep America, and a passion shared by millions. Obviously it would be impossible to include all of Celt's greatest songs on one compact disc, but if it had to be done, Thistle and Shamrock is it. This disc has everything from suspensful bagpipe concertos, to soothing fiddles and the sounds of "suil a ruin." I recommend this collection to ANYONE who appreciates Celtic music for the elite art that it is. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me. ... Read more


163. Music in Mouth
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164. Celtic Worship
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Example of Celtic Christian Music I Know
Two years ago somebody sent me a bootleg copy of various speakers from the Brownsville Revival interspersed with samples of Christian music.

At the end of the first side was the most haunting rendition of Rich Mullin's _Awesome God_ I ever heard. Done in the Celtic Christian style, the haunting traditional Irish intruments were accompanied by a female solist with a voice so clear and sharp, you could shave with it.

It took two years of looking, but I finally found the album and the entire CD is filled with Christian worship music so beautiful and poignant it brings tears to my eyes. _Celtic Worship_ by Eden's Bridge was produced in 1997 and on some British music lists is *still* in the Top Five.

With a Celtic fusion style reminiscent of Clannad, the set starts out with _Awesome God_ which is followed by some of the most moving examples of Celtic music I've ever been privileged to hear. Cuts of importance are the introspective ballad _Stones and Sea_ to the traditional renditions of _He Is Exalted_ and probably the best known Celtic Christian hymn, _Be Thou My Vision_.

Buy it. Enjoy it. Buy it for others.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good material and production, just not enough.
I have really enjoyed Eden's Bridge, Celtic Worship since I got it last November. This is the first by them that I've bought. The choice of songs is excellent and the music is of a high quality. I enjoy the celtic style combined with the inspiring lyrics of some of the best worship songs written today. The songs which are NOT focused towards praise to God are good songs but detract from the overall theme and would have been better left for another album. More worship songs would have made this album perfect - still well worth getting!

5-0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL
This is SOOOO Celtic & is a beautiful work of worship. The reverence of "Awesome God" & the angelic voice of Ms. Lacy are a pair that Rich Mullins would be proud to hear. The instrumentation of these songs is filled the best of what Ireland has to offer. This is a work worth sharing...it takes you to the hills of Ireland!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
Beautiful music!! (They have a website, if you want to see all of the wonderful music they have comprised without going batty trying to find it all yourself. Just enter their name into a search engine and voila!) Very relaxing and totally gets you refocused back on the Lord.

5-0 out of 5 stars Eden Bridge Truly Takes You To ANOTHER Place
I own this 1997 Eden Bridge release and well as most of the the other cd's in their catalog of releases. In my opinion, there is only one word to describe this Celtic Christian group....AWESOME.

"Celtic Worship" is a wonderful compilations of songs with the Celtic sound while being Inspirational and soothing. One of my favorites to this cd is "Be My Thou Vision" with the pennywhistles and flutes. If one truly listens to the music, they can be taken to ANOTHER place than where they are physically. The mind will wander with in places with the music.

I have reviewed several of the Eden's Bridge releases and have been on a quest since discovering them to obtain all their releases. For those who would like more of Eden's Bridge cd's, let me make the quest a little easier for you as I have found them instead of one concise place "Eden's Bridge"...they are scattered into all different catagory, some that I would never have thought to search.

Their releases are (what I have found and purchased thus far): "Celtic Psalms" (1997) "Celtic Worship" (1997) "Celtic Praise" (1998) "Celtic Worship II" (1999) "Celtic Reflections on Hymns" (1999) "Celtic Journeys" (2000)

Some of these I have been able to locate on Amazon and others I have had to go to Christian Music/Book stores to find or order. I wish Amazon would compile all of these under one place to make them easier for the Amazon customer to find.

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165. Tears Of Stone
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So thoroughly identified are they with Irish music, that even when the Chieftains depart from the tradition--to collaborate with Chinese, country, or pop musicians, for example--they lose not a drop of credibility in the process. On Tears of Stone, the group accompanies a bevy of internationally acclaimed female vocalists on traditional tunes with inventive new arrangements by Paddy Moloney. Sinead O'Connor and the Corrs remain close to their roots, while Bonnie Raitt, Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Loreena McKennitt, and Joan Osborne all sound more than convincingly Celtic. The best performances, however, are by those artists least attached to the tradition. Moloney's take on Joni Mitchell's "The Magdalene Laundries" outdoes the original; "Sake in the Jar," composed for Japanese pop star Akiko Yano, sounds like a new form of music altogether; and Canadian jazz singer Diana Krall's "Danny Boy" doesn't so much tug at the heartstrings as rip them out by the roots. --Richard Gehr ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A beautiful mixture of the female voice and Celtic melody
This is a slow and soulful album. Don't expect a lot of jigs, reels, hornpipes and stuff...in fact, don't expect any. But do expect deeply moving and beautifully sung songs. There are lots of standouts here: Bonnie Raitt singing "A Stor Mo Chroi", Natalie Merchant singing "The Lowlands of Holland", Joni Mitchell's own song "The Magdalene Laundries", The Corrs "I Know My Love", Sinead O'Connor's "Factory Girl", Loreena Mc Kennitt's "Ye Rambling Boys of Pleasure", and Joan Osborne's "Raglan Road". However, these songs are low key, slow, and emotive, and so the long instrumental with Eileen Ivers and others, "The Fiddling Ladies" does come as a very welcome and upbeat relief. Also, the change of pace makes it easier to set the true ultimate song by itself, Diana Krall's exquisite rendition of "Danny Boy".

If you love the feminine voice and Celtic melody, this CD is a "must buy".

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful diverse collection.......
I love the spirit and feel of this CD... waited awhile to write a review on this because I wanted time to tell the tale on this piece of music. I still feel it is an excellent collection of voices and words and feelings. Several reviewers have given this more than a few bad words but the overall majority have loved this cd and its no wonder why.. Just lisenting to Bonnie Raitt's take on A STOR MO CHRIO, this singer can really do heart damage some good, and Joni Mitchell's "THE MAGDALENE LAUNDRIES" with The Chieftains is a masterpiece. Joan Osborne does a terrific job on "RAGLAN ROAD" as well "FACTORY GIRL" sung by Sinead O'Connor is right on the money, great singing and Joan and Sinead really can belt out a vocal. "I KNOW MY LOVE" is great fun to listen to. "THE LOWLANDS OF HOLLAND", Natalie Merchants take is also very well done with allot of spirit. "DANNY BOY" sung by Diana Krull, is unusal and dramatic and beautiful. I love the way Brenda Fricker opens the mood up with her reading of "NEVER GIVE ALL THE HEART", I have to laugh at one reviewer who only could find the worst out of her voice? I just love Loreena McKennitt and this song "YE RAMBLING BOYS OF PLEASURE" just makes me love this singer more. "SAKE IN THE JAR" is a very interesting take on Japanese/Irish music but it works and adds some flavor. This is a cd you can put on an just appreciate it for the geninue efforts of all the artists who contributed. The Chieftains will always have something out to please right around the corner anyway, so lighten up some of you and try to enjoy this for the experience of all these stunning voices, song and music.

5-0 out of 5 stars as a long time fan of the chieftains, I think this is their
Best album yet. All of the songs are done by women and the Magdalene Laundries alone is worth the album. Most of the songs are irish classics done with a more personal emotional twist. the Chieftains provide the strong background music that is missing in some other albums.

4-0 out of 5 stars If you are in the right mood for this, it is excellent...
Not a typical Chieftains release, this is predominately made up of lovely sad songs from a variety of female vocalists. Everyone knows the Irish have a bittersweet history. This CD represents that aspect. For the most part, the singing and the playing on here are excellent. I don't find it depressing, but some other reviewers did. Read ten or 20 other opinions before buying it. I am glad I own it, but I only play it about once a year. However, on that day, for that particular hour, "Tears of Stone" blesses me. As to whether the beauty of it uplifts you, or the sad sweetness brings you down, probably depends on your personality and circumstances. While not the ideal choice for a person's first Chieftains album, it is far from the group's worst CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!
This is my favorite tape ever! My favorite songs are Siuil A Run, Sake in the Jar, Jimmy Mo' Mhile Stop, and The Fiddling Ladies. I'm just crazy about music like this. This is a really great cd. ... Read more


166. Wind Songs [Spring Hill]
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5-0 out of 5 stars a wonderful addition to your meditation yoga practice
This is now my 1st choice for my yoga practice. It is the most beautiful cd to listen to and I find myself picking it for each of my yoga classes. You won't be sorry, the entire cd is wonderful! ... Read more


167. Song for Ireland
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Song for Ireland is a collection of contemporary and traditional Irish songs drawn from Mary Black's previous albums. Unlike most folk singers, Black is comfortable in modern pop settings such as on the emigrant song "Ellis Island," which features electric guitars and synthesizers. But she is at her best when her backing musicians unplug and she blends her gorgeous voice with their traditional acoustic instruments. When she sings selections like the heart-rending ballad "Loving Hannah," Dick Gaughan's moving call for peace "Both Sides of the Tweed," or "The Shadow," a haunting ode to the Irish statesman Michael Collins backed by fiddle, uilleann pipes, and tin whistle, she weaves a spell few performers can equal. Song for Ireland may not be a greatest-hits album in the normal sense of the phrase, but the music here ranks among Mary Black's finest. --Michael Simmons ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The best of the best
Brutal honesty: Mary Black has one of the most beautiful voices in creation, and she consistently wastes it on mediocre material. Fortunately, she has released almost as many "collections" of good material as she has new CD releases. "Song For Ireland" is a collection of more traditional or traditionally-inspired Irish material, and these are truly among the best performances of her career. Each of these, from the haunting "Loving Hannah" to the anthemic title song, is a gem unlike any you've heard anywhere else. In between, "School Days Over", "Both Sides the Tweed" and "Men of Worth" are rich with the texture of the Irish landscape (okay, "Both Sides" is actually about Scotland). If you haven't heard Mary Black, this is the one to start with. If you already like her music and don't own this, one listen and you'll wonder how you missed it. One note: this CD doesn't contain one of her all-time best vocals, "Will Ye Gang Love". For that, you have to find the first "Black Family" CD, which features Mary, her sister Frances and their three brothers. It's a wonderful CD in its own right, and well worth finding on most website stores.

3-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful singing, some pedestrain arrangements
This is my first exposure to Mary Black, but not to several of the songs on this CD. The Holy Ground, for any fan of Irish Music, belongs to the Clancys, and this spare, somewhat somber version, sounds wrong. Even though sung by the woman left behind, which is a clever idea, the lyrics seem inappropriate in this context. They just don't work.

And the title cut is also lacking. Dick Gaughan's version is, to my mind, authoritative. Can't imagine it improved. This certainly doesn't. He's hard to improve on Both Sides The Tweed as well.

The recording often has a sterile feeling to it, possibly the different tracks from different sources. But the sound is of quite skilled instrumentalists laying down their tracks, yet no music-making occurring among them.

That being said, Mary's voice is a delight. The live Loving Hannah is a gorgeous opening, and Men of Worth alone makes it a keeper. Here is a song where everyone was on the same page at the same time. So, as an intro, I guess it shows me what she can do. And it also shows me where to investigate further and where to avoid.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Irish Recording
Mary Black is at her best here, with a recording that emphasizes traditional Irish ballads. (The one Scottish song and the more modern number, "Ellis Island", also fit in due to compatible themes.) The accompaniment is spare, but Black's voice is so beautiful and evocative that this is much more effective than some of her more modern (and somewhat overproduced)efforts. Her a cappella song with the Black Family, "Colcannon", is one of my favorites, as well as the concert recording of "Loving Hannah", but there is hardly a bad number here. If you don't have any of her other recordings, start here.

3-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful singing, some pedestrain arrangements
This is my first exposure to mary Black, but not to several of the songs on this CD. The Holy Ground, for any fan of Irish Music, belongs to the Clancys, and this spare, somewhat somber version, sounds inapporpriate. It's hard to hear rowdy, carousing sailors singing this song in the melancholy mood Mary ascribes to them.

And the title cut is also lacking. Dick Gaughan's version is, to my mind, authoritative. Can't imagine it improved. This certainly doesn't.

The recording often has a sterile feeling to it, possibly the different tracks from different sources. But the sound is of quite skilled instrumentalists laying down their tracks, yet no music-making occurring among them.

That being said, Mary's voice is a delight. The live Loving Hannah is a gorgeous opening, and Men of Worth alone makes it a keeper. Here is a song where everyone was on the same page at the same time. So, as an intro, I guess it shows me what she can do. And it also shows me where to investigate further and where to avoid.

4-0 out of 5 stars Many Good SOngs for Ireland
This album is made of up of a collection of songs from Mary's other albums plus one live song. The album starts off on the slow side but warms quickly and finishes with Mary at her best.

Songs like "Loving Hannah", "Lea Boy's Lassie", "My Donald" and "Holy Ground" are tradtional Irish songs sung by Mary with minimal music - almost sean-nos but not quite. "Men of Worth" is the first song on the album that has all the usual Irish instruments and you love it all the more for it. It also has great harmony as does "Colcannon" which is sung by the entire Black family. "Both Sides the Tweed" is a Robert Burns poem put to music. Even though Burns was Scottish, Mary's voice really brings the song to life. "Schooldays Over", about leaving school to work in the mines, and "The Shadow", a song about Michael Colins, are both slower songs with less music which helps to showcase Mary's fantastic voice. "Ellis Island" is almost a pop song with it's beat and music but can bring you to tears as you listen to individuals say goodbye to each other as they immigrate to America.

By far the best song on the album is "A Song for Ireland". Not only is it grand in it's presentation and it's lyrics colorful but Mary's vocals would give divas like Celine a run for their money. The entire album is worth having just for this song alone.

This is not my favorite of Mary's albums but it's way up there and I'm glad I added it to my collection. ... Read more


168. Rifles of the I.R.A.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Set Your Sights on Rifles of the I.R.A. Great CD!!!!!
By its very nature, folk music is an overt expression of socio-political reality, both past and present, as witnessed, experienced and perceived by the performing artist(s). Consequently, one's knowledge of history, culture, and politics, combined with unique personal experiences, will inherently influence the manner in which any type of folk music is analyzed and accepted. This, of course, is why any given single piece of music can invoke a myriad of powerful emotions, opinions and debate.

I'm the first to admit that my knowledge of Irish culture and history is not as refined as I would like it to be. I can,however,say that as an American whose countrymen once suffered the bitter scourge of English oppression, it is easy to identify with the intense passion of the Irish people who seek the dignity and self-respect that only quality self-government can bestow.

The extremely talented Wolfe Tones have done a tremendous job of expressing the soul-draining pain and sorrow brought about by years of brutal oppression; they break through the wall of apathy with an intense and blatant desire for freedom; and they are passionately proud of their love of God and country. They are indeed rebels with a cause. I find their music stirring, thought-provoking and powerful. It's also gentle and soothing to the spirit.

Rifles of the I.R.A. is, in my opinion, a great CD and a must-have for anyone who enjoys the finest in folk music.

5-0 out of 5 stars BEST TYPE OF THIS MUSIC I,VE HEARED IN YEARS
YESTERDAY (06/20/03)
I WAS VERY LUCKY TO BORROW FROM MY DAD THE
RIFLES OF THE I.R.A. MANY YEARS AGO I WAS INTRODUCE TO THE WOLF TONES BUT HAVE NOT HEARD THEM IN MANY YEARS
MY FAVORITE TRACKS ON THIS CD ARE IN THIS ORDER
2-IN GARRAN NA BHILE
4-A ROW IN THE TOWN (ERIN GO BRATH)
5-GOD SAVE IRELAND
7-BIG STRONG MAN
8-RIFLES OF THE I.R.A.
11-SHIPS IN FULL SAIL
13-HOLY GROUND
IF YOU DO NOT OWN THIS CD OR ANY WOFE TONE CD AND CONFESS A LOVE OF IRISH MUSIC YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU ARE LACKING

5-0 out of 5 stars Up the RA!
From the first strains of Slievenamon through to the end of Uncle Nobby's Steamboat, this CD is the best Irish Rebel Music I think I've ever heard. In Garran Na Bhile is great Gaelic music, and Sweet Carnlough Bay is just what it says it is: sweet. You'll cry for Sean Tracy, cheer for A Row in the Town, and both for God Save Ireland.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great all around Irish folk CD
The title track is particularly rousing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Wolfe Tones cd ever!
What can I say? Of all the Wolfe Tones cd's, this is the BEST. It has upbeat, depressing, fun, historical etc songs on it. What more can one want? Incredible!!!!! ... Read more


169. Dance of the Celts
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5-0 out of 5 stars Are you ready to dance?
Do you like Celtic music? Do you like to dance? How about just having your foot tap away at the beat? If so, then you will love this CD. It is a wonderful mixture of Irish reels and soft guitar music with a bit of bagpipe thrown in for good measure. The mixture of instruments on this CD is amazing.

The disc is highlighted by a wonderfully soft and moving "The Boy in the Gap" by Pat Kilbride. The masterful John Whelan also has a track on the CD called "Trip to Skye" that is simply wonderful as well. It's almost haunting and really brings to mind the scenery of the Isle of Skye. I've never been there, but this song makes me yearn to see it. Whelan is the master of the accordion, and he shows it well on this piece.

Most of the rest of the songs will have you tapping your feet at the very least. There's something about Irish dance songs that just lightens your mood picks you up on an emotional level. The pipe and fiddle playing is exquisite. Narada has picked a wonderful collection of songs to put on this CD.

I have this CD on repeat at work whenever the day is turning long and boring. It never fails to lift me up out of the doldrums. It also makes long drives bearable. The only bad thing is that it's only 54 minutes long. I would have preferred much longer. But that's ok. Put it on repeat. I'm now listening to it for the third time today.

4-0 out of 5 stars Dance of the Celts
Dance of the Celts is punchy, joyful and enormously fun. You'll find some favorites, neatly blended in the medleys throughout the recording. Its only faults are its lack of individual tunes, and the very American studio sound-rather too smooth, too practised and there's no improvisation as is found in Celt sessions. Despite these small weaknesses, Dance of the Celts brings the listener into a tapping, stamping, dancing cheer.

4-0 out of 5 stars Energizing, Upbeat
Just bought this one after borrowing from my Secretary. Great for the newcomer to the genre. Good sampling. Makes your toes tap and cheering.

5-0 out of 5 stars Do You Wanna Dance?
Well, you certainly will want to dance. Narada continues to put together beautiful collaborations of music from some of the best Celtic musicians of our time. From Old blind Dogs to John Whelan to Altan, all bases are covered. John Whelan demonstrates that he is not just about insane playing. He can also slow it down with a beautiful waltz. Deanta makes an incredible contribution with The Flight of the Termite, and Altan contributes with one of my favorites, the Andy De Jarlis Jig. The rest of the supporting cast is excellent as well, and this CD is solely responsible for introducing me to some of my now favorite musicians. Whether you are new to the Celtic industry or a seasoned veteran, this CD will keep you dancing for hours.

5-0 out of 5 stars An overwhelming Celtic music collection
This CD will blow you away. There are tender moments in this collection, but most of it is the most rip-snorting Celtic dance music on disc. When you discover a collection like this you have to share the good news. Its really emotional, beautiful and uplifting. If there were just one Celtic music disc I could recommend it would be this one. You have to hear this. May this disc never disappear from the catalogue. ... Read more


170. Upon A Shamrock Shore: Songs of Ireland and the Irish
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This is the "serious" side of the Irish Rovers, as it were. Of course, serious is a relative term, considering the irresistible cheerfulness found in these 15 lilts. But, where 1999's The Best of the Irish Rovers focused on their best-known novelties (like "The Unicorn") and drinking songs from their 1968-1971 Decca tenure, this 2000 collection spotlights their political, historical, and more traditional Irish songs. Even when the themes are sober--postfamine emigration, social rebellion, unrest, and protest--the Rovers turn them into musical celebrations of perseverance, integrity, and triumph in the face of adversity. Add to these topical songs a mix of lively dance numbers and light-hearted courting songs, and you have a clear look at the "other side" of the Rovers, one thoroughly steeped in their musical and cultural history. --Marc Greilsamer ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Rovers show their heritage
The Irish Rovers have sung many different types of song, but this collection brings together some of their recordings of traditional Irish music, as well as contemporary material that sounds as if it could have been traditional.

The set begins with an instrumental, King of the faeries, but is followed by a selection of Irish songs that includes wonderful ballads and story songs as well as upbeat, fun songs.

An interesting aspect of this collection is the sequence of four songs about the Irish people that moved to America because of the potato famine - Shamrock shore, Banks of Newfoundland, Shores of America and Lament for the Molly Maguires.

A glance at the track listing will show that this is not a collection of famous Irish songs - you won't find Danny boy here - but those songs can be found elsewhere. For those who want some Irish music beyond the obvious, this is an excellent collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars Irish at it's Best
This album is exciting, spirited and delightful. I loveed it back in the 70's and still do now. The Rovers are a unique group.

5-0 out of 5 stars A excellent companion piece to 1999's "Best of" release
The music of the Irish Rovers is difficult to come by, which is very unfortunate. Last year MCA released the long overdue "Best of..." which contained 16 of the most popular tracks. Now we have this latest collection which pulls together another 15 essential tracks. There are lots of pleasant surprises here for those who are only familiar with the "hits" including the delightful "Bridget Flynn", the marvelous up-beat "Mountain Tay" and "Rovers Fancy", and slightly naughty "Up Among the Heather". This collection comes across as more "traditional" than "Best Of..." and should be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys good Irish music. Again, if you have "Best of..." you owe it to yourself to pick this one up as well.

My only complaint, and you can't hold this against the Rovers themselves, is that MCA is being a bit stingy with the material. There are 15 tracks here, but with many lasting just over 2 minutes the total running time is just over 35 minutes. If MCA really wanted to provide good value they could have utilized the full playing time of the digital format and added almost all these songs to last year's "Best of...". Now THAT would have been a bargain. Or at least added some more numbers like "Goodnight Irene", "Donald Where's Your Trousers", "Farewell to Nova Scotia", "Minstrel of Cranberry Lane", "Wind That Shakes the Corn", and "Coulter's Candy". But maybe they're saving those for next year's release?

5-0 out of 5 stars Gives the feeling of the Green
This is a great CD. Reminds me of the days I lived in Maine as a child and watched the Irish Rovers on wintery Saturday nights. Some of the songs have a Riverdance twist to them, while others have the traditional beat of irish pub music. Another winner from the Rovers!

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally!
I am SO sick of the Unicorn song and the others that were left off this CD. I bought this for "Up Among the Heather", everything else was a bonus track to me. I had stooped to hooking a turntable to my CDr to burn a scratchy copy of an LP that is older than I am and was glad that I could do that, so I can't rave enough about a clean copy! Whoever chose the tracks for this, thank you! ... Read more


171. Santiago
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When the Chieftains' intrepid bandleader, Paddy Moloney, first heard Carlos Núñez, a young recorder and bagpipe virtuoso from a far-flung Celtic outpost in Spanish Galicia, he was mightily intrigued. Santiago explores a tradition that draws on medieval, Spanish, and Celtic sources; the music is performed on instruments that have changed little over the centuries. Núñez represents the home team, while Los Lobos and Linda Ronstadt personify its Central and South American descendants. Elliot Fisk, a pupil of the guitar maestro Andrés Segovia, and Ry Cooder respectfully contribute sparkling riffs. "Dublin in Vigo," a live track with joyous playing and a high-spirited ambiance, is merely one highlight of many. --Christina Roden ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I consider myself as a world citizen from Turkey, also a music fan and this album is one of my favorite since I got it in 1996...

The music have a great soul, enthusiasm and passion that you can feel the thrilling excitement of the musicians...For only this reason, I still listen this cd whenever I feel down..It makes me smile and feel good all the time...Be sure you will never get disappointed:-)

Some of the friends that wrote here said that it is not an original Celtic or a Galician music...I recommend them to read what the booklet say...You can find the taste of Celtic/Galician culture in each song, sure not the originals, but all of them contains the expression of a magical synthesis of different cultures-the way of old time migrations...That's why it is better to say this is neither Celtic nor Galician music, but it is 'world music'...If you want to hear Galician music you can try really Milladorio or Luar Na Lubre...Also we can say, better to think that this is the point of view of those great musicians...

For my idea it is one of the best 'world music' album since ever been done...Highly recommended for the 'world music fans' like me...

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful music
This is a terrific album by The Chieftains. A couple of reviewers have complained that it is not authentic Galician music. Well, if they would read the liner notes carefully they would discover that the cd is not meant to be a portrayal of authentic Galician music, although there are tracks that are. This is an album that traces Celtic roots. Spreading from Galicia to Ireland, Mexico, the Caribbean, and through Central and South America. On this album you will hear music from Galicia, Ireland, Brittany, Scotland, Mexico and Cuba. But all have some Galician connections. So of course, if you are looking for "authentic" Galician, of course this is not for you. But if you are looking for wonderful music, played on unusual instruments, then this is for you. For example, "Minho Waltz" probably of Portuguese origin, was discovered in an old manuscript in the museum at Pontevedra. It just makes this album all the more special, as it has great historical interest, and the booklet is filled with interesting facts and history.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music on unusual instruments.
Having discovered the Chieftains through Kazaa ('net music sharing isn't bad AFTER all!), I went out and purchased Santiago because I became obssessed with Dueling Chanters. Let me tell you; the music contained on this CD is absolutely amazing. A plethora of various instruments are used (most of which haven't been heard of by the general public), and people who have not heard these amazing instruments (Uilleann pipes, bodhrán, Galician pipes, bones, tin whistle, just to name a few) is definitely missing out on some of the better music of the lands of the world. To think this is all coming from a 16 year old guy, whose peers listen to "rap" and "punk". Disgraceful to my kind, aren't I? I enjoy actual *music*, not *noise*. Anyone who enjoys aural ecstasy, Santiago is for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Authentic Sound
Some have berated the Chieftains for not remaining "pure" and sticking to their roots. Why I am not certain. Some of the collaborations have been outstanding, including Santiago. This is an album to cherish, as the northwest of Spain - Galicia and its capital Santiago de Compostela - have an ancient Celtic historical connection. Some online critics have asked if this album truly captures that overall connection. I sense that it sincerely does, and if not, who cares? This sound they've created here creates its own history through its depth of feeling, its energy, and its vision. I recommend it wholeheartedly as a masterpiece among their collaborations, and another gem to check out is Celtic Wedding, in which the Chieftains collaborate with musicians from Brittany. Fire in the Kitchen with Canadian musicians is terrific. Or, if you are looking for a pure Irish collaboration, Water from the Well is fantastic. The Chieftains have plenty to choose from their own catalogue of just-Chieftains-stuff, and it's all good, including the currently out of print Chieftains 5. Thing is, I don't question Paddy Moloney on his work with other musicians. He and the boys have a broad spirit that accepts and celebrates great music of all kinds. Plus, any man who can make his fortune playing a tin whistle and uilleann pipes has a good thing going for him. I'm sure his band mates would agree! Some of their collaborations aren't so inspiring. Santiago is a firecracker. You can play this one from start to finish, as every song here is a reason to rejoice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another pleasing selection from Moloney and Company
Paddy Moloney and the Chieftains are constantly exploring the world to study traditional music. For "Santiago," they visited Galicia, the Celtic region of Spain. The Galician pieces they chose to record are unique in and of themselves, and the Chieftains bring their own inimitable style to them. Particularly noteworthy on this album is the work by Carlos Nunez, a piper from Galicia. Nunez has won the Macallan Pipers' Competition several years in a row, playing his "gaitas," or Galician great pipes. The music is interesting and upbeat, and well worth investigating. ... Read more


172. Hell's Ditch [Bonus Tracks]
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Digitally remastered reissue of the famed Irish band's album from 1990 that was their last before the departure of lead singer Shane Macgowan. Includes three bonus tracks of B-sides and rarities. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars MacGowan's Last Dance
By the time the Pogues started recording "Hell's Ditch," it had become clear that Shane MacGowan's excesses were starting to affect his muse.Thailand is the overall theme for the songs that MacGowan wrote for "Hell's Ditch," and overall the album seems to have a more relaxed vibe around it than the previous Pogues releases.Produced by the late great Joe Strummer "Hell's Ditch" finds the Pogues expanding their musical boundaries even further with such songs as "Lorca's Novena and The Wake of the Medusa."As before MacGowan's songs are the best on this release, however his vocals are not up to par, in fact it sounds like he is in a drunken stupor most of the time.However, such songs as "Sayonara, The Ghost of a Smile, Summer In Siam, Rain Street,and House of the Gods," showed that MacGowan could still pack a wallop.The MacGowan/Finer songwriting team, that was lacking on "Peace and Love," returns with the excellent "Sunnyside of the Street, 5 Green Queens and Jean and Hell's Ditch,""Maidrin Rua" is a good traditional reworking instrumental, while Terry Wood's "Rainbow Man" and"Six to Go, about the "Birmingham Six," round off the album.Overall, "Hell's Ditch" lacks the fireworks of the previous Pogues records, this one doesn't even come close to the brilliance of the first three Pogues records, I even prefer "Peace and Love," over "Hell's Ditch."However, "Hell's Ditch" is still a very good album, and the last one that Shane MacGowan would do with the band, even though MacGowan would later disown much of this record.
The new remastered version of "Hell's Ditch" iswonderful.Jem Finer's "The Bastard Landlord and Curse of Love," make their mark again.Shane MacGowan contributes the beautiful "Infinity" and the excellent intrumental "Squid Out of Water."The Pogues reunited with the Dubliners to record "Whiskey In the Jar" and probably the best bonus cut goes to The Pogues/Dubliner's duet of "Jack's Heroes."Also the 1991 version of "A Rainy Night In Soho," is on here as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars More relaxed but still the pogues.
Although many Pogues fans slam this album, I think it still holds up.It is more relaxed and lyrically set apart form the earlier Pogues album.Shane went to Thailand to "gather himself together" and was able to pull some great songs together before he left the Pogues for good.All the tracks with Shane are Great! You feel like they wrote the album on the beaches of Thailand dinking Singha beer.It flows better then Peace and Love, and though it lacks the intensity of the first 3 albums I find myself listening to this one just as much as the others.The beach boys instrumental intro on House of Gods is great!This album could only have been better with more Shane songs!

4-0 out of 5 stars Not their best, but 2 great bonus tracks
Contrary to what the description says, Shane MacGowan is on this album, but only on about half the tracks.The following album, 'Waiting for Herb', is the first without Shane (and it's terrible).This album isn't great, but there are a few very good tracks on it.The addition of the bonus tracks 'Jack's Heroes' and 'Rainy Night in Soho' are worth the price alone (and bump my rating from 3 stars to 4). ... Read more


173. In My Hands
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In My Hands finds Natalie MacMaster pushing out even further from the traditional Cape Breton-style fiddling of her lineage, offering up her most ambitious and engaging project to date. Beginning with the ethereal dance-beat-underscored title cut, MacMaster takes on vocals for the first time, approximating something quite unexpected and altogether charming: Lisa Germano meets Rumi in a head-on collision of explosive sensuality and acid-funk ceilidh groove. Elsewhere the sprightly fiddle mistress plays ringmaster to a revolving all-star cast of musicians, including Irish accordionist Sharon Shannon, fiery flamenco guitarist Jesse Cook, Nashville fiddler Mark O'Connor, and bluegrass sweetheart Alison Krauss, who provides vocals on the crossover ballad "Get Me Through December." Despite MacMaster's envelope pushing, traditionalists need not fear; for every far-fetched "Flamenco Fling" or raving "Space Ceilidh" there's the bittersweet restraint of "The Farewell" or the simple fiddle and step-dance exuberance of "Mom's Jig." More fun than a barrel of monkeys, this set will find a wide audience. --Paige La Grone ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Purely Magical Experience!
If there was ever an artist that put her heart and soul into her music, it's Natalie MacMaster. Her latest release, "In My Hands" is filled with a presence, a life force if you will, that has made this one of the finest cd's ever to come into my collection. Natalie has long been known as one of the best Cape Breton style fiddlers around, and this disc showcases why.

One of the things that makes this disc so good is the fact that Natalie seamlessly brings together traditional and modern sounds, as well as drawing from a variety of different musical styles. The title track may shock some traditionalists, with it's lush musical landscapes and modern instrumentation that could easily be found on a lot of New Age or Alternative discs. The track also marks the first time that Natalie lends her voice to one of her songs, and I really look forward to hearing more of this on her future releases.

The only other song on the disc that contains a vocal is "Get Me Through December" where Alison Krauss lends her voice to this beautiful ballad about a woman looking for the faith and spirit to love again. The amazing thing about the rest of the tracks on this disc is that they bring as much emotion, without the luxury of using words to express them. For example, the beautifully played lonesome fiddle sound of "Blue Bonnets Over The Border" cuts directly into your soul with a sense of loss and sadness that has to be felt to properly explain it.

"Flamenco Fling" will make you want to get up and dance with it's mixture of Natalie's fiddle playing and the flamenco guitars and horns. "Space Ceilidh" brings together a modern drum beat and electrical samples that sound at times like something directly out of Walt Disney World's Main Street Electrical Parade, a purely magical tune.

Country fiddle virtuoso Mark O'Conner joins Natalie on a version of his own "Olympic Reel" and let me just say the results are phenomenal. I've long been a fan of Mark O'Conner, and this track simply bring together two of the best fiddle players in the world. It simply does not get any better than this!

"In My Hands" is an album that will mesmerize you as you listen to it. It is rare for me to find a disc that will take you so well through a wide range of human emotions. To me, the best music has always had a very cinematic, larger than life feel to it, and this disc is like the soundtrack to our lives, taking us from our highs to our lows and back again. As the title track says, "through your voice I hear your stories, and in these hands they become my own. And the old times and old memories, called to life beneath my bow." That pretty much sums up Natalie MacMaster's music, as her bow and fiddle can speak volumes. Do yourself a favor and buy this disc, you won't regret it!

2-0 out of 5 stars Natalie spreads herself too thin
I enjoy Natalie's playing and have all of her albums. I eagerly anticipated this album when it came out. Unfortunately I was sorely disappointed with the overall package. This over-produced album tries to demonstrate to the listener that Natalie is capable of more than "just" Cape Breton-style fiddle music, and that she is in fact capable of authentically playing other styles. Just as one speaking another language, though, Natalie's Cape Breton accent is audible in all of the tunes she plays, making them sound odd and unbalanced. I think that the producers knew this at the time, because often the tracks are way over-produced, as if to make you not notice the fiddle! As for her whisper-singing, this half-hearted jaunt into a quasi-pop genre is an utter failiure, although to hear her sing along with the tune does salvage it to some degree. The best tracks, in my opinion, are the more simple tracks, most notably the tracks featuring Sharron Shannon (accordion goddess) and Alison Krauss (bluegrass goddess), where the more understated sounds compliment and support the fiddle in a much more relaxed manner.
It is worth puchasing the album for those tracks alone, but beware of "flamenco fling" and "olympic reel", which make Natalie look less than competent.

4-0 out of 5 stars Niel Gow would have been proud.
This CD is well worth purchasing just to have "Blue Bonnets Over the Border" and "Get Me Through December". Both airs (slow fiddle tunes) are incredibly beautiful and haunting. I have heard the 18th Century air "Niel Gow's Lament for the Death of His Second Wife" played by many different Scottish fiddlers in its traditional form, including by Natalie MacMaster in concert, and it always takes my breath away. Natalie interprets that air on this CD as "Get Me Through December" with the assistance of Alison Krauss on vocals. The lyrics and Krauss' voice complement perfectly Natalie's fiddle to capture the mood of the air without slavishly following the tune. Niel Gow would have been proud.

There are some traditional jigs and reels, as well as the aforementioned airs, on this CD, but most of the tunes are "fusion" type recordings with non-Celtic genres of music. Some of the tunes will grow on you, and some won't, but Natalie's playing is impressive, as always, on everything.

5-0 out of 5 stars great listening
MacMaster's violin can be rollicking, tender, and everything in between. A special treat is "Get Me Through December," sung by Alison Krauss.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good stuff.
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174. My Roots Are Showing
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Natalie MacMaster has been extending her scope far beyond traditional music, and reaching a wider audience, but this release takes her right back home. It's nothing more or less than a glorious ceilidh album, dance tunes played on acoustic instruments, and it's obvious from her playing that she revels in being able to do this again. These most definitely are her roots, the Scots tunes filtered through her Cape Breton home, and it's quite possible there's no one of her generation who can do this stuff better--just listen to "A Glencoe Dance Set," which was recorded live, and you'll understand that you don't need to be plugged in to generate electricity. Even the slower tunes have a bright perkiness. MacMaster's fiddle playing is completely in the Cape Breton tradition, and she never forgets this is music meant for dancing--just try sitting still while it's on. Let's hope she does it again soon. --Chris Nickson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars My Second Favorite Natalie cd
I have all of Natalie's cd's, and can heartily recommend all of them. "My Roots Are Showing" is probably my second favorite of her CDs. The traditional side of Cape Breton and Scottish music is most appealing to me, and this CD (with "Fit As A Fiddle" -- my favorite) is a fantastic example of the genre and Natalie's virtuoso playing. If you are looking for experiments with country, jazz and pop, "Blueprint", "In My Hands" or "No Boundaries" are better bets. Although the "tunes" (if you have heard Natalie pronounce that word with her wonderful Cape Breton accent, you will understand why I put that in quotes) on My Roots are Showing are traditional through and through, the jigs and reels really rock! I can't help but try to sing along whenever I listen to this music, which is no mean feat as all of the tunes are instrumental.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Cape Breton Sound
I saw Natalie MacMaster in concert with my family around four years ago and I was amazed at the energy and passion this
petite little blonde fiddle player displayed. She showed incredible musical ability and demonstrated a genuine love her of her craft. This recording of her instrumental music is good way to be introduced to the Cape Breton she grew up with.

5-0 out of 5 stars Indulge Yourself
I have been on a whirlwind tour of natalie macmaster throughout the last month, and i encourage everyone to follow suit. i saw her in concert earlier this month (it was the most amazing thing), and i bought this CD 2 days ago, and i simply cannot get enough of her incredible talent. i have literally listened to nothing else since i bought this recording, and here is why. don't be fooled by the name or cover of this album. i was hesitant at first because i was expecting a CD full of romantic-like ballads (which, with her talents, would have been fine), but what i really wanted was an energy-packed recording, and that's just what i found. her roots ARE showing, but in a very energetic manner. this probably goes for all cape breton fiddling (or at least in the sets that i have come in contact with), but the sets always end with a fast tune, and this is the energy that keeps me coming back for more. macmaster does not mess around on this album. she provides the listener with nearly 60 minutes of insane, yet completely controlled playing that gets better the more you listen. playing sets that last as long as 7 minutes (this is a long time and hard to keep up at the pace she is going-- she should be admired for this), she provides a feel that is almost similar to the feeling that i got when i saw her live. the final track on this album actually is a live recording of her and her uncle (the famous CB fiddler buddy macmaster), but except for the clapping in the background, it sounds no different than the rest of the tracks on the album. naturally, the last track is the standout track because it packs the most power, but the other tracks are amazingly close in the amount of energy expressed. i simply cannot say enough good things about macmaster and this album, and i encourage everyone to see her live, or at the very least, buy any recording that you can get your hands on. you will not be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Natalie showing where it all started....
This CD by this amazingly talented Cape Breton fiddler is a return to her roots as the title suggests. Using only the "basic" musicans, much like she tours with, MacMaster plays traditional tunes of the island she grew up on. Mostly fast "jig" or "reel" tunes, there is also slow paced music here as well as well as the wonderful final tune, apparently recorded live with Natalie's uncle Buddy MacMaster as a guest fiddle. Listen closely and you will hear Natalie's exuberent "whoops" as the music takes her away...Isuppose anyone can learn to play the fiddle, (except for "fumble-thumbs" like me :-) ) but few have MacMaster's amazing God-given talent and you can only be thankful she is able to share it with us...

5-0 out of 5 stars MacMaster at Her Best
For any folk dancer such as myself the surest way to rate music of the type found on this recording is the strengh of the response ones feet make in listening to it. In the case of this, the latest release from Ms. MacMaster, the feet index went off the scale. Buy it and see for yourself. ... Read more


175. Pink Floyd Revisted
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176. American Tranquility
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Phil Coulter began his career as a prolific songwriter for everybody from Them to the Bay City Rollers(!). Indeed, if his output went no further than "Puppet on a String" and the much-covered "The Town I Loved So Well," he would be assured of an honored place in the Celtic pop-rock pantheon. However, during the '90s he made a not-too-sudden turn and produced several nicely arranged easy-listening/New Age projects, most of which still sell incredibly well. After essaying Irish and Scottish themes on the many other Tranquility albums, he and his ensemble are heard here in a songbook of American melodies, including tunes by Stephen Foster. Among the selections are "Shenandoah," "Beautiful Dreamer," "The Streets of Laredo," "The Green Leaves of Summer," "The Yellow Rose of Texas," and "There's No Place Like Home." Fans of country-and-western-style, piano-led instrumentals will love American Tranquility. --Christina Roden ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars American music that captures the American experience...
I especially enjoy music by American composers and compositions that traditionally appear in hymnals and/or are performed at school concerts, etc. If you enjoy beautiful American music/songs this CD is for you.

A dear friend introduced my wife and I to Phil Coulter by playing a tape of "American Tranquility" several years ago. We were so impressed that we immediately purchased the CD and played it repeatedly while driving pass the lush green fields in the "Great State of Iowa."

It's perfect music for "motoring" across the countryside, or as background music for work areas or classrooms.

The arrangements of these traditional favorites are original and vary from song-to-song, track-to-track.

I'm waiting, somewhat impatiently, for "American Tranquility II."

5-0 out of 5 stars Phil Coulter's American Tranquility CD Review
I first heard this CD while listening to the "Sounds of the Season" music channel on DirecTV, during the 4th of July holiday. Over the next few hours as I listened to the music being played in the background on this channel, I kept running to the television screen every so often when they played a song I liked. I noticed a lot of the songs were by Mr. Coulter on the CD you are considering purchasing today. It is a wonderful 4th of July type - bring back old fond memories of a simpler time CD to play! Trust me, buy it, you will be glad you did!

5-0 out of 5 stars Phil Coulter
I started collecting Phil Coulter's CDs just prior to obtaining a CD player about 12 years ago. So, my first Phil Coulter purchase was the cassette tape of Peace & Tranquility. 1 Year later I got my first CD player and I immediately went out and bought the same tape as "my first CD." I have since purchased every CD that Phil has made which I believe is about 12 or 13. And to tell you the truth, I can't pick a favorite. American Tranquility rates as one of my favorites along with Scottish Tranquility and Forgotten Dreams. Not only do I have all his CDs, my wife and I saw him twice in concert in Manchester, CT, the last time was two days before we moved to Florida. Mr Coulter is German born but, raised in Northern Ireland. Last August, my wife and I went to Ireland and that has to be the finest trip we have ever been on. We had a great tour director/driver and the bus had an incredible sound system. And as we drove through the tiny villages and along the country side, what do you think the music was that the driver was playing? It was our old friend Phil Coulter's music. Absolute heaven! If you love beautiful music, I recommend each and every Phil Coulter CD to you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect office music
This is the perfect CD for the office computer, especially when things are crazy. It provides an excellent background to drown out all the little disruptive noises. It is very relaxing and peaceful Everyone asks who the CD is by.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exquisite
Lush songs, very singable. Wow ... Read more


177. The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem
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5-0 out of 5 stars Perhaps Zoreb is Stupid.
Caracatures of Pirates, Disneyland included, IS NOT what the Clancy Brothers is about. My Grandmother was from Ulster and sang many of these songs. This is Irish music at it's finest.

5-0 out of 5 stars Maybe Zoreb's son is stupid
Ever think that your son's helmut is strapped too tight? Clancy brothers are a cut above the rest and are pure and wonderful irish folk musicians.

Try taking your son to Pirates of the Carribean in Disneyland then take him to an old Irish Pub where Guiness flies and ol' drunken Irishmen sing...maybe then he'll get it and maybe then you can take the fatherly stance and explain to your son the difference.

3-0 out of 5 stars are those pirates?
I played this CD for my son, aged three, and and he asked me "are those pirates?" I responded that the Clancy Brothers were not pirates, but he persisted. "Are they SAILORS?"

I figure the songs are pretty entertaining, but if a 3-year old can't tell Irish folk singers from sailors or pirates, it can't be all that good.

zoreb

5-0 out of 5 stars Another nice compilation of really nice Irish folk
The Clancy Brothers are always a winner in the Irish folk arena. Hard to rate them because I like just about everything they do. You can sense that the Brothers and Tommy Makem pour themselves into their music with such feeling and power and it will make you feel proud to be Irish even if you are a Thai Mexican (not necessarily a reflection of the reviewer...hahaha). But in all honesty the music will have you wanting to sing and maybe even drink a few pints of Guiness which, by the way, never hurt anyone from what I hear!

Throw this cd on, pour the Guiness in, and have some fun! ... Read more


178. Dreamer, Vol. 2: Alto Flute Romances
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4-0 out of 5 stars Low and slow
A bit on the alto flute before I review the music here: the alto flute is a rather rare instrument--it's bent right before the joint of the head (mouthpiece) and the body of the flute--think how the pipe underneath your sink looks with that elbow bend and you can picture it. And it has a breathy sound plus a somewhat softer and less shrill upper register. The breathiness is due to the volume of air the player needs to push through the instrument. The bend is to accommodate the fact that flute players arms don't grow longer, but a lower note flute must be MUCH longer than the standard soprano.

The soft music on "Alto Flute Romances" is composed with a slow tempo to take advantage of the wind-in-a-cave sound of the flute. Perfect for slowing down, relaxing, calming oneself, or playing as a lullaby. Some of the pieces sound a bit alike, but they are all in a similar tempo which adds to the relaxation effect. The "Lavender Shadows" is my favorite on the entire CD. Very nice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tranquil and melodic
Soothing and peaceful instrumental refrains take you to a place of tranquility. This CD is perfect for a calming background to work, as an aid to meditation or massage, or nice to just relax with at the end of a stressful day. ... Read more


179. Celtic Tides
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There are plenty of Celtic music compilations out there, but what makes Celtic Tides unusual is its sweeping inclusion of the obvious well-knowns: Clannad, the Chieftains, Altan, Capercaillie--even Scotland's Dougie MacLean and soloist Seamus Egan. In other words, this is a starter kit for sampling the most prominent creators of Celtic music, most of whom were celebrating the heritage before Celtic mania spread throughout the West in the mid-1990s. Certainly other collections feature more traditional, more acoustic Celtic music, but cuts like Old Blind Dogs' "The Birkin Tree" and Clannad's "An Gabhar Bán" satisfy that craving. Dougie Maclean's second cut, "Caledonia," is a smidge on the sentimental side, but this CD's variety is its strongest attraction, at once hushing with a soft lullaby from Mary Black to strutting the hip-hop beats of MacIsaac and Lamond's "Sleepy Maggie." For Celtic lovers already able to pull these artists' CDs from their shelves, this is a yawn; for those dipping toes into Irish Sea waters, a wee gift. --Karen Karleski ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
Relaxing, fun and beautiful all around. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys Celtic music.

5-0 out of 5 stars My Fav. CD
I have an older copy that my dad had given me and it is great. But it is now scratched but I am going to purchase a new copy in the future. I love the sound of Irish music and I love most Irish women's voice.

5-0 out of 5 stars You will listen again and again
Putumayo is doing a very good job bringing world music to new audiences. The 1998 release, Celtic Tides: A musical Odyssey, is a companion CD to a video (also worth having) but stands splendidly on its own.

Some of my very favorite Celtic artists, such as Altan, Capercaillie and Clannad appear on this album, but almost every track is worthy. One of the pleasures of this CD is the representation from so many of the countries that produce Celtic music--Ireland, Scotland, Canada's Cape Breton and the United States. I don't recall anything from the Brittany region of France, but no one record can include everything.

This is a good CD if you want an introduction to Celtic music. It's also a good one to have in a place where you can't keep your whole collection. Thus, for me, this is one that I keep at the office where disc space is limited.

This CD is Beautiful and a pleasure to hear--over and over again.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent mix of Celtic music...
This is a great CD. If you're not already familiar with the Celtic sound, then this is the CD for you. I especially like the mix of older and modern sounding tracks... It really paints a good picture of the Ireland of yesterday and today.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Eclectic Group Of Artists...
I love this! I saw the TV show "Celtic Tides" then immediately ordered the VHS of the show and this CD. I love this CD. Great mix of songs! If you love Celtic music, you'll love this CD. ... Read more


180. We Three Kings
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There's a commercial inevitability to holiday song collections that can tempt music fans to mutter "humbug" under their breath. Yet while this collection (released in conjunction with the Tenors' Christmas Spectacular tour of 2003) is no less market savvy, in the end the trio's earnest, energetic performances earn their fair shair of respect. The trio's Celtic shadings impart considerable warmth to "Fairytale of New York" and other performances, but it's the range of influences they (also in solo and duet turns, all solidly backed by the Czech National Chamber Orchestra) bring to bear elsewhere that adds compelling new dimensions to these holiday favorites. Anthony Kearns' "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" may be solidly traditional, but Ronan Tynan imparts "I'll Be Home For Christmas" with some deft, jazzy drama while Finbar Wright gives "Mary's Boy Child" an unexpected Carribean spin. Elsewhere, the folk-classical influences behind "We Three Kings," "O Holy Night," and the gospel traditional "How Great Thou Art" span renaissance, baroque, and modern with a grace missing from the on-the-sleeve sentiments of the closing duo of patriotic warhorses--what would the Prince of Peace make of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," anyway?--Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars These Three Kings Rule!
This recording is a wonderful addition to any Christmas collection. It has power, charm and just enough reverence! Anthony Kearn's "Lord's Prayer" is magnificent! Finbar Wright's "How Great Thou Art" is awe-inspiring! After four years with the "Irish Tenors" poor Mr. Wright still must endure the ignorance of a few "fans", being constantly compared to John McDermott. Finbar took the "Irish Tenors" to a new level, as acknowledged by both Kearns and Tynan. I wonder how long "Ringo" had to endure being compared to Peter Best? Get over it people!

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Winner
In their second Christmas album, the three Irish tenors have another very lovely collection of Christmas favorites and a few not so well known. The duets are particularly beautiful and, while I, like other reviewers, would have preferred an all-Christmas album, the American anthems are stirring and well done. My only caveat is the absence of John McDermott, whom I miss. His voice added something less homogenized to the mix and although Finbar Wright has a more operatic tenor voice, I would prefer McDermott if I had my druthers. Nonetheless, this a a grand Christmas album and I recommend it enthusiastically.

5-0 out of 5 stars strength to strength
Its amazing how this group of jovial character's have developed and matured to such high level of professionalism.
Vocally they are unmatched in this genre.
There new christmas album is a real christmas treat,
They liven up the old warhorses such as o holy night,white christmas we three kings.
What fun they seem to have in fairy tale of new york,
I notice they are signed to a new label Razor and Tie, I like the name,They seem to be doing a fantastic job in getting the product out there to the public with plenty of tv apperances and add campaigns, good job folk's
we three king's{aptly named} is one for the shopping trolley, you can listen to it all year round.
Looking forward to the next one guy's,
sincerely,
John

4-0 out of 5 stars Pulls at the heartstrings..
This is a lovely CD to put you in the spirit of the holiday season. The Irish Tenors provide a unique take on the old classics and their rich voices will bring your enjoyment to the next level. Unlike some other reviewers, I personally could do without the patriotic songs at the end. I am a proud American who enjoys songs like these. But on my Christmas CDs, I'd prefer to have just Christmas music.

5-0 out of 5 stars We Three Kings
This is an incredible CD, much better than the first Irish Tenors CD, probably because Finbar Wright is a much better singer than McDermott. Personally the highlights of the album for me are the solos and duets by Anthony Kearns. The Lord's Prayer stands out from all the others. On the lighter side is Fairytale of New York. I would definitely recommend this CD for anyone. ... Read more


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