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Smithsonian Folkways has announced the release of "Classic Celtic Music from Smithsonian Folkways" . The album, compiled by music historian and folklorist Richard Carlin, is the 20th volume in the popular "Classic Series." The album is strategically scheduled for release just in time for St. Patrick's Day.
Carlin's 23 choices span a wide spectrum of sounds from some of the Celtic regions, contrasting better-known early recordings with some of the best contemporary interpreters. Styles ranging from Sligo fiddle tunes to Northumbrian piping to sean-nós singing are represented in this presentation to the Celtic music riches of the Smithsonian Folkways archives.
Some of the selections, like Margaret Dirrane's "'Twas Early, Early in the Spring" and Joe Heaney's "The Rocks of Bawn," date to the mid-1950's, while others were recorded in the latter part of the 20th century. The track list includes a substantial sample of field recordings as well as a previously unissued tune, "Derry Hornpipe, recorded at the 1983 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC.
Few genres carry such a rich and deep history as Celtic music, which reflects centuries of culture of Ireland and the British Isles, as well as their North American inheritors. Music historian, musician, and folklorist Richard Carlin delves into this diverse world of traditional music, compiling a wide spectrum of 23 tracks that contrast the better-known early recordings with some of the best contemporary interpreters. Styles ranging from Sligo fiddle tunes to sean nós singing are represented in this enjoyable introduction to the Celtic music riches of the Smithsonian Folkways archives.
For the music purist, this recording would probably be a great purchase.
Liner Note Author: Richard Carlin.
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