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Various Artists: Putumayo Presents: Celtic Café [Digipak]

Track List

>Waterbound - Michael McGoldrick
>Are Ye Sleepin' Maggie? - Dougie MacLean
>Him Bò - Capercaillie
>Star of the County Down - The Baileys
>Parting Glass, The - Cara Dillon
>An Eala Bhàn - Mànran
>School Days Over - Finbar Furey
>Braw Sailin' - Old Blind Dogs
>Looking At a Rainbow Through a Dirty Window - Calum Stewart
>Tramps & Hawkers - The Battlefield Band

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Jacob Edgar.

Illustrator: Nicola Heindl.

Photographers: Archie Macfarlane; Rob McDougall; Lieve Boussauw; Euan Robertson; Sam Lakeman; The Battlefield Band; Michael Banahan.

Putumayo's world music collections are often an uneven affair of tasteful folk-inspired cuts with a unique regional flair and misguided marriages of factory drum loops and traditional instruments. Their 2015 compilation, Celtic Café, is no different, offering up ten tracks from the British Isles with a relaxed coffeehouse vibe that split the difference between inviting and slightly aggravating. Opening track "Waterbound," by Ireland's Michael McGoldrick, sets a warm, easy tone, as does Scottish folk stalwart Dougie MacLean's rendition of "Are Ye Sleepin' Maggie," but Capercaillie's folk-funk fusion dud "Him Bò" is the album's low point. Fortunately, the rest of Celtic Café is filled with some very nice trad-flavored folk songwriting (Finbar Furey's "School Days Over") and familiar-sounding, if somewhat unremarkable instrumental fare. ~ Timothy Monger


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