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Gaelic/English Folk Music - Songs for Dancing - Ballads for Weeping

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The list author says: "My favorite folk singers. And when I say "folk singers" I do NOT refer to people like Joan Baez or Bob Dylan. They are in a different category - my list is mostly about TRADITIONAL folk music of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, England, etc. Not 1960s protest songs.

These are in no special order."
Peacetime
Peacetime
"Eddi has a soothing, honey-sweet voice.  Many of her songs are traditional; some are penned by her own hand."
Sings The Songs Of Robert Burns (Expanded)
Sings The Songs Of Robert Burns (Expanded)
"Eddi is probably the closest thing to a singer-songwriter in this list; her original tunes have creative lyrics and lovely melodies, while her treatment of traditional songs is unique and fun."
Angels & Electricity
Angels & Electricity
Mirmama
Mirmama
Collected
Collected
"This is my favorite Mary Black album.  Mary Black's early work is absolutely lovely, but listening to her voice now, one wonders if some kind of vocal damage happened.  Best to stick with these four albums unless you are a die-hard fan."
Looking Back
Looking Back
"Contains the only Mary Black song I've ever heard on the radio: "Only A Woman's Heart.""
Collection
Collection
"Mary Black's early work is absolutely lovely, but listening to her voice now, one wonders if some kind of vocal damage happened.  Best to stick with these four albums unless you are a die-hard fan."
Mary Black
Mary Black
"Purchased this CD solely for "Anachie Gordon" - this song alone makes it worth the price, but you'll find other gems on the album as well."
Awkward Annie
Awkward Annie
"Kate Rusby is the queen of the ballad, as far as I'm concerned.  There is something incredibly plaintive about her voice; perhaps it's the vibrato that makes it sound weepy.  Whatever it is, Kate has it.  You'll find a ton of slow, beautiful songs that tell of dead lovers, unfaithful lovers, cruelty in times of war, and lovers that experience quiet joy in each each other's company."
10
10
"There are some new tunes here, as well as some old ones, re-recorded in different keys!"
The Girl Who Couldn't Fly
The Girl Who Couldn't Fly
"Kate has quirky, fun songs and original tunes as well; all are enjoyable, but the ballads are where Kate really shines."
Hourglass
Hourglass
"This is probably my favorite Kate Rusby album."
Sleepless
Sleepless
"Not my favorite of hers - but still worth it, just to hear Kate's voice."
Underneath the Stars
Underneath the Stars
Wishing Well
Wishing Well
"Connie Dover has a very unique vocal sound...she is one of the very few folk singers I am familiar with who actually make use of their head voice (higher-pitched voice, for those of you who aren't singers).  This lends an almost angelic quality to her voice, a sweet edge that cuts into your heart as you listen."
Somebody
Somebody
"The title track will make you hang your head and weep along with Connie's voice, which sounds like the mournful cries of a dove."
If Ever I Return
If Ever I Return
The Border of Heaven
The Border of Heaven
Crosswinds
Crosswinds
"Capercaillie is one of the finest Celtic 'groups' I've heard that perform traditional music.  Excellent instrumentation, flawless vocal delivery, precise Gaelic diction."
Craigie Dhu
Craigie Dhu
"Dougie MacLean is the FATHER of folk music in Scotland.  His love song to Scotland, "Caledonia" has become so famous that it is sung as the unofficial national anthem."
Tribute
Tribute
Indigenous
Indigenous
"Dougie has wonderful interpretations of traditional folk music, and, when writing his original pieces, spends time crafting lyrics and music with substance and a message.  Usually the message is, "You can come visit Scotland, but you'll never learn the old ways; you'll never be one of us."  A patriotic one, is Dougie."
Perthshire Amber
Perthshire Amber
Riof
Riof
Marching Mystery
Marching Mystery
Whitewash
Whitewash
"Many of Dougie's album covers feature watercolor paintings by his wife Jenny."
Real Estate
Real Estate
Who Am I
Who Am I
Singing Land
Singing Land
Moonsung
Moonsung
"While Sheila Chandra does sing mostly Indian-styled music, there are a few Gaelic tunes that work surprisingly well with an Eastern flavor."
Indipop Retrospective
Indipop Retrospective
"Unbelievably, the drone of Celtic instruments complements the drone of Indian instruments - a partnership that adds an interesting feeling to the music, making it seem like multicultural New Age music sometimes."
Behind the Green Bushes
Behind the Green Bushes
"HeartSounds was a local duo (local to me) which was made up of a flutist/vocalist and a harpist.  Although they no longer perform together, both women are very active musically."
Custer LaRue Sings The Daemon Lover
Custer LaRue Sings The Daemon Lover
"Custer LaRue is a classically trained soprano who has recorded a large number of folk music selections, imparting the ethereal quality of her tone to the jigs, religious songs, and ballads she sings."
Ballads - Custer LaRue
Ballads - Custer LaRue
The True Lover's Farewell - Appalachian Folk Ballads
The True Lover's Farewell - Appalachian Folk Ballads
Lullaby Journey
Lullaby Journey
"Chris Norman (flutes), Kim Robertson (harp), and Custer LaRue (vocals) have provided a "round the Gaelic world" trip in this soothing lullaby album.  Watch out for the lyrics, though; some are pretty strange for a lullaby."
Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers
Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers
"Karen Casey's voice makes this album worth the price...but the other folk in the band are terrific as well!"
The Enchanted Isles: Harp Music of Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales
The Enchanted Isles: Harp Music of Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales
"An all-instrumental album by harpist Carol Thompson.  This is a great representation of the folk music of Ireland, England, Scotland, and Wales.  This CD is where I heard the Welsh "David of the White Rock" tune for the first time."