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Beginners Guide To Celtic [Box set]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Nov 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Nascente
  • ASIN: B0045OQF24
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,076 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Dolores Keane/John Faulkner - Jimmy mo Mhile Stor
2. Brian Stowell - Arrane Sooree
3. Ar Log - Castell Caernarfon/Pibddawns Aberhonddu/Llys Warpool
4. Christine Primrose - Mo Cheist am Fear Ban
5. The Bothy Band - Fionnghuala
6. Skolvan - Boules et Guirlandes
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Maeve MacKinnon - A Mhic Iain `is Sheumais
2. Damien Dempsey - The Foggy Dew
3. Lau - Banks Of Marble
4. Cerys Matthews - Orenau I Florida
5. Flook - Rosbeg
6. Karine Polwart - Daisy
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Treacherous Orchestra - Maverick Angels
2. Afro Celt Sound System- Whirl-Y-Reel 2 (Folk Police Mix)
3. Aidan O'Rourke/ DJ Dolphin Boy - Bah Hamburg: Dare to Diddle Mix (Vertical Variations)
4. Xose Manuel Budino - A Fonte da Pedra (Paralaia)
5. Éamon Doorley, Julie Fowlis, Ross Martin and Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh - Dá bhfaighinn mo rogha de thriúr acu - Dhannsamaid le Ailean - Cairistion' Nigh'n Eòghainn
6. Salsa Celtica - An Cailleach
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Product Description

Product Description

BGT Celtic traces the history of Celtic music featuring the key acts from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Isle of Man, Brittany & Cornwall.

Compiled by Mary Ann Kennedy, the presenter of BBC Radio Scotland's Global Gathering, BBC Radio 3's World on 3 & twice winner of the International Celtic Harp competition in Lorient, Brittany.

CD1 features the icons of Celtic music - the original sparks that set the Celtic world aflame, CD2 the brightest burning contemporary acts, classic artists and major names reasserting their roots, whilst the Celtic beacons of CD3 beam out across the world, mixing influences, breaking down boundaries and crossing borders.

Featuring material from respected labels such as Vertical, Gael-Linn, Temple, Real World & Keltia Musique this compilation represents the broadest possible side to Celtic music and in Mary Ann's own words will "reclaim the territory from all that Celtic pish".


`There's nothing like a good Irish tune to make you come over all misty-eyed... (a) mega-compilation put together by Mary Ann Kennedy' -- Uncut

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic blend of the Celtic sound 6 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Of compilations I always squirm a bit as there is always a snippet of something you are not fond of in it. I have heard of and listened to a number of artists on this set including Dolores Keane, Karine Polwart and Afro Celt Sound System to name a few. I was intrigued with this set, as being of Celtic blood (Cornish and Irish and maybe Welsh), so with trepidation I bought this collection.

I am not sure at to whether this is a history or a synopsis of Celtic music, as there is no beginning point and certainly no assimilation of how the music crosses borders of each Celtic country. Music was in existence before the ability to record it and maybe the artists on CD 1 are the pioneers of the recorded Celtic sound. There is, however, some great notes of who the artists are and how they fit in to this genre in the set.

Listening to each CD I can say I have thoroughly enjoyed each track and feel this is a perfect way to listen to the progression from traditional to contemporary and ending with the worldwide influence in this type of music. It is an equally great way to listen to a number of artists I have not listened to or even heard of. Altan has a fantastic voice and I will be looking further into what her has recorded. There is also some great vibrant rhythms throughout a number of the tracks. Too many tracks to go through each one.

The downside is that some of the songs are sung in the native language. Whilst I know a couple of phrases in Cornish this is not an open book to understanding what is being sung. So with the greatness of the internet I googled the Altan track and found the English translation. I was happy.

So for me this is an exciting collection of well recorded and sung music of Celtic origin and influence with a fantastic price tag. Definitely a stocking filler for next month.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The beginner could be puzzled 29 April 2012
By Richard
Format:Audio CD
Compiled by the presenter of a BBC program this is more educational than most of the Celtic collections on the market.
Depending on what you've been led to believe the music actually IS you begin to notice that none of the big guns are present or that Celtic is not just defined as Irish music
There's no sense of historical perspective otherwise John McCormack would be represented as being possibly the first to record Irish folk songs
In the 60s came the Chieftains and possibly the first real awareness of the music
As Clannad were the biggest hitmakers and Enya was introduced via a program called The Celts this is a living music and for me its greatest artist is Loreena McKennit,a Canaidian artists whose roots are Celtic.
So in fact is Paul McCartney whose early orchestral work was called Standing Stone and took in as inspiration Celtic myths
CD 1 is the hardest going as there's too many unaccompanied singers
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