Rough Guide to Celtic Women 2 CDs
by Celtic Women (0605633127126)

Rough Guide to Celtic Women 2 CDs
 
Celtic Women
Release Date: 13 March 2012
Format: 2 CD set
Publisher: Rough Guide World Music (Ryko sub label)
ISBN: 0605633127126



Beauty and soulfulness are common components in Celtic music, which consists of folk music from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and some territories of coastal Europe. This is particularly true with Celtic music's female vocalists, who often manage to combine softness, earthiness and tunefulness into haunting lyricism. Rough Guide's tribute to Celtic Women offers a collection of sweet singing from some of today's most noteworthy Celtic music treasures, as well as new faces carving their mark in the scene. Of the former, we have songs from Karan Casey, Capercaillie, Altan and T with the Maggies (a supergroup of Celtic superstars including Moya Brennan), who are well established in Celtic music circles. Among the latter are harpist/vocalist Cecile Corbel, Spanish singer Susana Seivane and singing/flute prodigy Cara Dillon. The album includes a bonus CD of music from Teresa Doyle.

Today, the Celtic music world includes Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany (France), Asturias and Galicia (Spain), and parts of Atlantic Canada and the United States (a result of large waves of Scottish, Irish and French immigration to the Americas). In recent decades, Celtic women have been leading a revival in folk music. Artists like Sharon Shannon, Karen Matheson (of Capercaillie), Cara Dillon and others have achieved what was only a generation ago almost unthinkable, reaching mainstream audiences with Celtic folk music. This Rough Guide presents a selection of the best female artists on the scene.

The album opens with the spirited song, In Shame Love, In Shame' by Pauline Scanlon. Her music is immersed in the Irish tradition, with a dose of contemporary edginess from alternative music. Other highlights include a track by a four piece ensemble lead by the great Julie Fowlis. "Da Bhafaigheann Mo Rogha De Thriur Acu" is a strident, dance-like tune that is sure to start toes tapping. Karan Casey's contribution is her version of "Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye", one of the most famous anti-war songs ever written. The emotional lyrics describe a poor, blind and crippled soldier returning from war. An ethereal harp-led number is contributed by Cecile Corbel. Cecile was born in Brittany and learned to play the harp as a teenager, on this track she sings in the traditional Breton language (Breizh). T With The Maggies is a close harmony vocal group composed of four native Gaelic speakers from County Donegal, Ireland. The women's seemingly effortless ability to sing in tight, sweet, as demonstrated on ?Cuach Mo Lundobh Bui", harmony is simply breathtaking.

This Rough Guide also comes with a full-length bonus album from one of the leading voices in Celtic Canadian music, Teresa Doyle. Orrachan is a collection of ancient Irish Gaelic songs. Teresa sings them with her trademark ethereal voice and effortlessly transports us to the beating heart of the Celtic world.

TRACKS:
1. In Shame Love, In Shame
2. The Hill of Thieves
3. M' Fhearann Saidhbhiri
4. Summer Sands
5. What Are You Waiting For?
6. Foliada De Caion
7. Turas an nraidh
8. Da Bhfaigheann Mo Rogha D
9. Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye
10. John Riley
11. Brian Boru
12. Amhran Pheadair Bhreathna
13. A' Mhaighdeann Bharrach
14. Cuach Mo Londubh Bu?
15. O'Halloran Road
16. Seacht Sueilce Na Maighdi
17. Taladh Ar Slanair
18. In Ainm an Athar Go Mbuid
19. Caoineadh Mhuire
20. Suantra Na Maighdine
21. Deus Meus Adiuva Me
22. An Taisairi
23. Rug Muire Mac Do Dhia
24. Gabham Molta Bhr?de
25. Don Oache ed I Mbeithil
26. Seacht Ndalas Na Maighdin

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