Celtophile Artists - The Celts Rise Again (TB-CELT 9013)


You could hardly ask for a better introduction to the state of the art in Celtic folk music than this excellent compilation. Culling gems from the formidable Green Linnet catalog, it offers songs and tunes both modern and traditional from Ireland, Scotland, and Brittany by artists as eminent as Andy M. Stewart, Matt Molloy, Kornog, the Tannahill Weavers, and Capercaillie. The selections are so well-chosen that highlights are difficult to identify, but the thrilling set of the "Chorus Reel" and " Ashmolean House" that opens the program (on which piper Jerry O'Sullivan is paired up with banjoist Seamus Egan) is one clear high point, as is the even more exciting long reel set by fiddler John Cunningham and accordionist Phil Cunningham that closes it. In between are a sweet and aching rendition of "Siuil a Run" by Skylark; a fun arrangement of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra's "Music for a Found Harmonium" by Patrick Street; and the charming "Take Her in Your Arms," sung by Andy M. Stewart, among other gems.

Track List:

1. The Chorus Reel/Ashmolean House - Jerry O'Sullivan
2. The Humours Of The King Of Ballyhooley - Andy Irvine
3. Donald MacLean's Farewell To Oban/Dunrobin Castle/The Wise Maid/Iain's Jig - The Tannahill Weavers
4. Clarke's Favorite/Pigeon On The Gate - Liz Carroll
5. Iain Ghillin' Cuaich - Capercaillie
6. Trip To Skye/Darach DeBrun's - John Whelan/Eileen Ivers
7. Take Her In Your Arms - Andy M. Stewart/Manus Lunny
8. Music For A Found Harmonium - Patrick Street
9. Brian Boru's March/Sporting Paddy/The Traveler - Joe Burke/Micheal Cooney/Terry Corcoran
10. Jesuitmont - Kornog
11. Magaret's Waltz - Buttons & Bows
12. Con Cassidy's & Neil Gow's Highlands/Moll And Tiarna/McSweeney's Reels - Altan
13. Keg Of Brandy - Robbie O'Connell
14. Dr. Gillbert/Flax In Bloom - Seamus Connolly
15. Elizabeth's Air - Gerald Trimble
16. The Humors Of Tulla/Toss The Feathers/Saint Anne's Reel/Lexy McAskill/The Limerick Lasses/ Jean's Reel/The Musical Priest - Silly Wizard