I've been listening to a lot of ambient music lately, but I noticed that I've been suffering from TMS (Too Many Synthesizers). The perfect antidote is a Celtic gem like "Infinite Blue". Like the classic Coltrane Quartet or Blind Faith, "Infinite Blue" culls from the Cream of the crop; the wonderful Scottish harp duo Sileas, the accordianist Karen Tweed, and most significantly the singer Kate Rusby. For reference, you can ponder a comparison to June Tabor, Linda Thompson, or Sandy Denny, but Kate is sui generis (one of a kind). Hers is a voice that comes along maybe once or twice a generation.
Listen to her plea for environmental consciousness on the brooding "Neptune", or her lead acapella voice on "Sorrows Away". The CD opens on a high note, with "Come All Ye Lonely Lovers" sung by Mary McMaster of Sileas, and the CD continues through the aformentioned tunes, and a beautiful "Ma Plaid", with Kate's ghostly background vocals.
Along with Planxty's "The Well Below The Valley", the Silly Sisters CDs with Maddy Prior/June Tabor, "Sir John A Lot" by John Renbourn, Pentangle's "Cruel Sister", and anything by Luka Bloom, "Infinite Blue" stands front and center amongst the finest Celtic music to be found.