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Celtic Cafe

Karen AshbrookAudio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Breton Dance - Star Of Munster 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Máirin De Barra Aire (Irish Maiden's Set) 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Siobhan O'Donnell's - Handsome Young Maidens (Irish Maiden's Set) 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Style Musette 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Hong Herald (Irish Reel Set) 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Bear Island - Séan Sa Cheo - Hong Herald (Irish Reel Set) 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Behind The Bush In The Garden - Sgt. Early's Dream - Lady Anne Montgomery 5:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Colonne La Gavre - Sabotière De Nonceveux - La Marchande (Belgian Jigs) 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Valse Petit Déjeuner 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Wel Island - Chimes Of Dunkirk - Air (Flemish Carillon Set) 5:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Paspie Menute - Mr. Waller (Turlough O'Carolan) 5:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Gathering At Waterloo - Will You Go To Flanders (Napoleon Suite) 1:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Wellington's Coming (Napoleon Suite) 1:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. The Victor's Return (Napoleon Suite) 1:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Waterloo Hornpipe (Napoleon Suite) 1:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Bonaparte's Defeat (Napoleon Suite)0:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Battlefire - The Retreat (Napoleon Suite) 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Lamentation For The Fallen Heroes Of Waterloo (Napoleon Suite) 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. The 78th's Farewell To Belgium (Napoleon Suite) 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 6, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Maggie's Music
  • ASIN: B0000589A6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,486 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews


"Adds a European twist and should be a delight to contemporary Celtic lovers looking for something a little different." -- AMG Review-Ronnie Lankford, Jr.

"If you love music full of raw energy & cultural diversity you won't be able to eject this CD." -- Improvijazzation Nation (issue # 47) Rotcod Zzaj

"Wonderfully energetic and exquisitely arranged collaborations." -- The Washington Post, March,2001

A thoroughly enjoyable and evocative travelogue.

Mike Joyce -- Washington Post

Their combined talents deliver an extraordinary blend of old and new Irish and French music, all with consummate skill. -- NAPRA review

Product Description

Irish, French and Flemish instrumental music from the cultural crossroads of Europe. Features Karen Ashbrook and Paul Oorts. They perform on hammered dulcimer, wooden flute and pennywhistle; harp-guitar, classical and steel stringed guitars, mandolin, musette accordion, cittern, tenor banjo and with a wide and diverse range of guests on fiddle, uilleann pipes, woodwinds and soprano sax , French horn, bass, piano, and percussion.

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Celtic Cafe, a new recording from Maggie's Music, sends an authentically fresh album of pan-European music into the deluge of Celtic releases this March. It is a lively evocation of a cafe at the crossroads of European culture, with Flemish carillon and Parisian musette music, clog and row dances from Belgium, & airs, jigs & reels from Ireland & Scotland. The intermingling of Celtic and Northern European music has historic roots which are explored in the album. Its centerpiece, the Napoleon Suite, is a 16-minute evocation of the repertoires of mercenary soldiers who fought at Waterloo in Belgium, the crossroads of Europe. The suite binds together such traditional tunes as Will You Go To Flanders,Wellington's Coming and Bonaparte's Retreat introduced by an impressionistic collage of pipes and battle sounds created by producer Bobby Read. Belgian musician Paul Oorts joins American multi-instrumentalist Karen Ashbrook in this tour de force of imagination and scholarship. Ashbrook is considered one of the world's finest hammered dulcimer players. Her specialty is Irish music, and she is also a gifted Irish flute and pennywhistle player. Karen Ashbrook has five releases on the Maggie's Music label: the solo albums Hills of Erin (MM207) and Knock on the Door (MM212); and albums with Ceoltoiri Celtic Ensemble -- Women of Ireland (MM218), Silver Apples of the Moon (MM202) and Celtic Lace (MM203). Oorts is an accomplished, oft-recorded string player (mandolin, cittern, classical and steel string guitars) who also plays the musette accordion. A medievalist and translator, he teaches French at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. Oorts's musical education took place in the pubs, cafes and coffee houses of Belgium and France. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Irish music April 13, 2014
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Lovely CD, every piece delightful and well played. I've heard these performers live and this CD is perfection. Perfect for listening, background at dinner, traveling, etc. Very fine. They have other CDs worth getting - look up Karen Ashbrook's website.
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