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4.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic blend of the Celtic sound
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...
Published on 6 Nov 2010 by Mr. A. Day

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The beginner could be puzzled
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...
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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
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Mr. A. Day "CornishHobbit" (Cornwall) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Beginners Guide To Celtic (Audio CD)
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
This review is from: Beginners Guide To Celtic (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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