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Classic Celtic Music from Smithsonian Folkways (2013)

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Classic Celtic Music from Smithsonian Folkways (2013)

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1. Love at the Endings / John McGrath’s Reel Kevin Burke 2:21
2. As I Roved Out Sarah Makem 0:54
3. Border Spirit Billy Pigg 1:20
4. ’Twas Early, Early in the Spring Margaret Dirrane 1:51
5. De’il Among the Tailors Bob Hobkirk 1:43
6. The Rocks of Bawn Joe Heaney 3:20
7. Whiskey Island Polka Pat O’Malley and Frank Keating 1:32
8. D-tigeas Ó Deabhasa (Children’s Game Song) Sorcha Ní Ghuairim 1:03
9. Trip O’er the Mountain Willie Clancy 2:39
10. The Strayaway Child / The Lark in the Morning Michael Gorman and Margaret Barry 2:54
11. The Queen of May Shirley Collins 1:48
12. The Bonny Bunch of Roses Patrick Clancy 4:44
13. The Galway Rambler Tom Byrne 1:16
14. The Mountain Road Denis Murphy 1:03
15. Bushes and Briars Isla Cameron 2:14
16. Tifty’s Annie Lucy Stewart 4:34
17. The Pearl Wedding / Nancy Taylor’s Reel Willie Taylor 2:38
18. Derry Hornpipe Joe Shannon and John McGreevy 4:23
19. With My Pit Boots On Louis Killen 1:46
20. The Young Sailor Cut Down in His Prime Harry Cox 1:54
21. Bonnie Kate /Jenny’s Chickens Jean Carignan 3:05
22. Glenlogie Ewan MacColl 5:12

Margaret Barry - Banjo
Kevin Burke - Fiddle
Tom Byrne - Flute
Isla Cameron - Vocals
Jean Carignan - Fiddle
Patrick Clancy - Vocals
Willie Clancy - Uillean Pipes
Shirley Collins - Vocals
Brian Conway - 	Fiddle
Harry Cox - Vocals
Margaret Dirrane - Vocals
Felix Dolan - Piano
Michael Gorman - Fiddle
Joe Heaney - Vocals
Bob Hobkirk - Fiddle
Frank Keating - 	Piano
Louis Killen - Vocals
Ewan MacColl - Vocals
Sarah Makem - Vocals
Patt Mangan - Fiddle
John McGreevy - Fiddle
Denis Murphy - Fiddle
Sorcha Ní Ghuairim - Vocals
Pat O'Malley - Button Accordion
Billy Pigg - Northumbrian Smallpipes
Joe Shannon - Uillean Pipes
Lucy Stewart - Vocals
Willie Taylor – Fiddle


In his introductory remarks compiler Richard Carlin acknowledges the dubiousness of "Celtic music" as anything like a truly meaningful category in any other than a marketing sense. What he puts into this collection is (mostly) Irish and Scottish music from Smithsonian Folkways' extraordinarily deep catalog of the world's folk music.

Not to be confused with the glossy pop of Enya and the like, this recording focuses on the music in its authentic form, played or sung -- there isn't much overlap -- by traditional artists (Willie Clancy, Harry Cox) and tradition-minded revivalists (Shirley Collins, Patrick Clancy). It's 23 cuts and an hour's worth of lovingly performed, gripping rural ballads alongside fiddle and pipe tunes, many from field recordings. My only complaint is that there's less than one minute of the exquisite Sarah Makem (Tommy's mother), on a fragment of "As I Roved Out." Sarah Makem recordings are available elsewhere, of course, and happily this, the latest in Smithsonian Folkways' Classic series, has plenty else to engage the serious listener. Not to be missed. ---Jerome Clark, amazon.com

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