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Various Artists: Classic Celtic Music from Smithsonian Folkways

Track List

>Love at the Endings/John McGrath's Reel - Kevin Burke
>As I Roved Out - Sarah Makem
>Border Spirit - Billy Pigg
>'Twas Early, Early in the Spring
>De'il Among the Tailors - Bob Hobkirk
>Rocks of Bawn, The
>Whiskey Island Polka - Pat O'Malley/Frank Keating
>D-Tigeas O Deabhasa [Children's Game Song] - Sorcha Ní Ghuairim
>Trip O'Er the Mountain - Willie Clancy
>Strayaway Child/the Lark in the Morning, The - Margaret Barry/Michael Gorman
>Queen of May, The
>Bonny Bunch of Roses, The - Patrick Clancy
>Galway Rambler, The
>Mountain Road, The
>Bushes and Briars - Isla Cameron
>Tifty's Anne - Lucy Stewart
>Pearl Wedding/Nancy Taylor's Reel, The - Willie Taylor
>Derry Hornpipe - Johnny McGreevy (previously unreleased)
>With My Pit Boots On - Louis Killen
>Young Sailor Cut Down in His Prime, The
>Bonnie Kate/Jenny's Chickens - Jean Carignan
>Glenlogie
>Martin's Wynne's, Nos. 1, 2, 3, and 4 - Felix Dolan/Pat Mangan/Brian Conway

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

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.

Customer Review
For the music purist, this recording would probably be a great purchase.

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Richard Carlin.



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