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Folk-Lore

Chruchan, CruachanAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (July 27, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Candlelight
  • ASIN: B0002IQC7A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,091,014 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bloody Sunday
2. The Victory Reel [Instrumental]
3. Death of a Gael
4. The Rocky Road to Dublin
5. Ossian's Return
6. Spancill Hill
7. The Children of Lir
8. Ride On
9. Susie Moran
10. Exiles

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Glimpse of the Rich Irish Tradition September 15, 2002
By zimbee
Format:Audio CD
Several people whose tastes in music I have learned to trust and respect kept insisting that I check this one out. After it sold out a couple of times here and there I finally managed to get my hands on it and what a stellar album it turned out to be! Cruachan's previous album, The Middle Kingdom, while pleasant, had left no lasting impression on me and after a few listens it lay forgotten... On the other hand Folk-Lore has been on my playlist since the day I received it in the mail. Karen Gilligan's vocals have improved considerably - ask anyone who owns both Folk-Lore and The Middle Kingdom - she sounds more secure and is on pitch! The guest vocalist - Shane Mac Gowan (characterized by my friend Britton as sounding like an ancient Irish God) - adds aggressiveness and punch. The Celtic infuences are many - from the instruments to the themes. The album contains a mix of Irish folk songs (Ride On - the first single, Spancill Hill, The Rocky Road To Dublin) and originals (Susie Moran, Bloody Sunday, The Children of Lir, Exiles).
A nice touch in the booklet - the band has taken the time to tell the stories which inspired the songs. Makes for a great read for those interested in Irish lore and history.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Style March 27, 2003
By sliphsc
Format:Audio CD
Many times I will find a CD that I immediately fall in love with, so much that I crave more. After buying other CDs from the same artist, I find that their style has changed for the worse. However, Cruachan is one of the few exceptions. Folk-Lore happens to be a rare find that is actually better than its previous brethren (Tuatha Na Gael and The Middle Kingdom). Musically, this album is very similar to The Middle Kingdom. Cruachan keeps its traditional instruments and female vocals with a dash of male vocals. In fact, I would be hard-pressed to say which CD I like better between the two if it wasn't for the fact that Folk-Lore has both Ossian's Return and Ride On, easily Cruachan's two best songs. I suggest once again that you sample both songs from Cruachan's website, although the sample from Ossian's Return doesn't sound nearly as good as the whole song really is. Very highly recommended and another triumph for folk metal.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Celtic Folk Metal and Shaney Mac too! January 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a good hybrid of rock metal and Celtic folk music, using instruments from both genres. The main folk influence is from the flute and bouzouki. As a bonus, Shane MacGowan sings on two tracks from the traditional Irish canon (Spancil Hill & Ride On). At first listen some songs had more of a progressive metal sound than I would prefer, but I like it more with each listen. The female singer has quite a pleasant voice, there is just enough harsh growling type singing and the mix of rock and folk instruments goes together like ham & swiss. Considering metal's longtime concern with medieval & fantasy themes and imagery, it is natural to integrate it with historical instruments and sounds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Celtic Folk Metal May 7, 2009
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
They put Celtic stories to music and they do it well. Another good band to code to.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Yuck! March 23, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This was a huge disappointment. This is nothing like I thought it would be. It sounds like a really bad cross breed between the stage show Celtic Women and B-side Cranberries songs. Not good. Check out Waylander instead for Irish folk music/metal blend.
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