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Celtic Mouth Music


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Audio CD, February 4, 1997
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Vibrant and charming, Celtic Mouth Music showcases the breadth and evolution of instrumental music sung for dancing. Mouth music passed on the old tunes through cultural persecution, poverty, and over the ocean from Scotland and Ireland to Canada and Appalachia. A breath of fresh air from often heavy-handed contemporary productions, this collection utilizes a mix of studio and field recordings. The mix of old and new is juxtaposed to beautiful results when Grey Larsen and Andre Marchand expand upon, but fail to improve, Benoit Benoit's "Reel a Bouche." Economy shines, especially in the rich rendition of "The Collier's Reel" by Josie McDermott; his deceptively casual voice is full of warmth and range. While the quintessentially Celtic female voice is represented in the crisp lilting of Bridget Fitzgerald, better still is the rough, sweet character of Elizabeth Cronin in "Little Pack of Tailors." Handsomely packaged, brimming with stories and photos, this CD captures the full character of Celtic music. --Susan Lewandowski

1. 'Just A Song You Can Dance To' - Mrs. Arthur MacArthur
2. Diddlage - Audrey Saint-Coeur
3. Strathspey/The Reel Of Tulloch - John MacDonald
4. Mouth Music - Dolores Keane & John Faulkner
5. Marie Louise (Excerpt) - Yann-Fanch Kemener
6. Reel a Bouche - Benoit Benoit
7. Reel a bouche acadien (Horses, Geese, & One Old... - Grey Larsen & Andre Marchand
8. The Road To Ballynure - The McPeake Family Trio
9. An Sean duine doite (The Burnt Old Man) - Bridgit Fitzgerald
10. B'fhearr mar a bha mi 'n uiridh/Fear an Duin... - Kenna & Mary Campbell
11. Puirt-a-beul - Norman Kennedy
12. Molly Brannigan - Colm O'Donnell
13. Puirt-a-beul - Eilidh Mackenzie
14. Lilting With Fiddle, Guitar & Bones - Tommy Gunn
15. The Drunken Piper - Gordon Easton
16. The Collier's Reel - Josie McDermott
17. Within A Mile Of Dublin - Tim Lyons
18. Scots Bagpipe Lilts - Paddy Tunney
19. The Girl That Broke My Heart - Joe Holmes & Len Graham
20. Piping Imitation - Elizabeth White
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 4, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ryko Distribution
  • ASIN: B0000059U2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,399 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This CD and book set is Wonderful! Anyone who accuses this of not being music is obviously not familiar with the traditions of "diddling", "mouth music", or "lilting".
Popular in Scotland, Ireland, and Appalachia, (amongst numerous other places) this practice of singing nonsense syllables to a rhythm for dancers is infectious and beautiful.
True to the folk tradition, these recordings are done by Just Plain Folks, usually older men and women who are as talented with their a capella singing as many people are with their instruments.
Many of the tracks on this album are very old recordings from the early parts of the 20th century and have the same charm and appeal as many vintage recordings... hearing the way people did things "back then". Many of these recordings are the sort of things you would have heard at a house party or kitchen ceili; people's special, individual "party pieces" for the entertainment of friends and family - some accompanied by the singer's furiously tapping feet, some by a lone flute, and the best tracks of all are completely a cappella.
If you are a fan of Mouth Music of any sort, this album is indispensable!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Hrothgar Leodson on December 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album is for real fans of real Celtic music. For one thing, this is a style of music that isn't the most common Celtic music, therefore it's often tossed aside as silly, but when you understand where it comes from (you'll have to read the small book that comes with it), you'll understand why this music is so important to Celtic history. On top of that, while I will admit, a number of the tracks are a little silly sounding, (especially the first which make me wonder why they put it there), a number of them are marvelous. When you get it, try tracks 6-7, 13, 32 first, then ease into the rest. Trust me, the true Celtic music fan will come to enjoy it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carrie on July 30, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I absolutely love every track on this cd. Each has it's own personality and little quirks. It's especially enchanting to hear familiar tunes done by voice rather than the popular whistle or fiddle. I recently heard De Dannan perform track #4 live at the Winnipeg Folk Festival as an encore and was blown away as I danced along with thousands of other people. Since then I've been listening to the cd on a daily basis. I must admit this style of music takes some adjustment to listen to, but once you do, it is well worth it. The vibrance of traditional celtic music is amazing.
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