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Classic Celtic Music From Smithsonian

Various Artists Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Love At the Endings / John Mcgrath's ReelKevin Burke 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. As I Roved OutSarah Makem0:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Border SpiritBilly Pigg 1:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. 'Twas Early, Early in the SpringMargaret Dirrane 1:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. De'il Among the TailorsBob Hobkirk 1:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Rocks of BawnJoe Heaney 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Whiskey Island PolkaFrank Keating, Pat O'Malley 1:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. D-Tigeas Ó Deabhasa (Children's Game Song)Sorcha Ní Ghuairim 1:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Trip O'er the MountainWillie Clancy 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. The Strayaway Child / The Lark in the MorningMargaret Barry, Michael Gorman 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Queen of MayShirley Collins 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. The Bonny Bunch of RosesPatrick Clancy 4:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. The Galway RamblerTom Byrne 1:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. The Mountain RoadDenis Murphy 1:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Bushes and BriarsIsla Cameron 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Tifty's AnnieLucy Stewart 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. The Pearl Wedding / Nancy Taylor's ReelWillie Taylor 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Derry HornpipeJoe Shannon, John McGreevy 4:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. With My Pit Boots OnLouis Killen 1:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. The Young Sailor Cut Down in His PrimeHarry Cox 1:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Bonnie Kate / Jenny's ChickensJean Carignan 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. GlenlogieEwan MacColl 5:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Martin Wynne's Nos. 1, 2, 3, And 4Brian Conway, Felix Dolan, Pat Mangan 4:43$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 26, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Smithsonian/Folkways
  • ASIN: B00AZL30ZQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,925 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars from the authentic roots March 17, 2013
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In his introductory remarks compiler Richard Carlin acknowledges the dubiousness of "Celtic music" as anything like a truly meaningful category in any other than a marketing sense. What he puts into this collection is (mostly) Irish and Scottish music from Smithsonian Folkways' extraordinarily deep catalog of the world's folk music.

Not to be confused with the glossy pop of Enya and the like, this recording focuses on the music in its authentic form, played or sung -- there isn't much overlap -- by traditional artists (Willie Clancy, Harry Cox) and tradition-minded revivalists (Shirley Collins, Patrick Clancy). It's 23 cuts and an hour's worth of lovingly performed, gripping rural ballads alongside fiddle and pipe tunes, many from field recordings. My only complaint is that there's less than one minute of the exquisite Sarah Makem (Tommy's mother), on a fragment of "As I Roved Out." Sarah Makem recordings are available elsewhere, of course, and happily this, the latest in Smithsonian Folkways' Classic series, has plenty else to engage the serious listener. Not to be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good listening July 28, 2013
By Jack
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful collection of Celtic music. Its a great collection of easy to listen to music! Its well worth acquiring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful collection February 26, 2014
By Pat T
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Even with an extensive collection of "Celtic" music I found this to be a great addition. I really enjoy the Smithsonian Folkways selections.
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost in the cloud March 12, 2013
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Problem - I chose the download type of purchase and cannot find it anywhere on my computer. Do you have any suggestions?
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1.0 out of 5 stars Yes it is, but! March 6, 2013
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For the music purist, this recording would probably be a great purchase.
It harkens back to the music recorded in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. It is a genuine article but for anyone who has
feasted on Enya , Lorena McKennit, Altan, et al. it will be a real disappointment.
The vocals are more like chants, the instrumentals are very lonely with seldom more than one instrument playing. Good luck. Jim Strong
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