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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Kilmoulis Jig/The Maid At The Spinning Wheel
  2. Jack Haggerty
  3. The Flowing Tide/Cooley's Hornpipe
  4. Susanna Martin
  5. The Flying Reel/My Maryann/Game Of Love
  6. Casadh Cam Na Feardarnaighe
  7. Three Polkas
  8. Farewell To Nova Scotia
  9. Song In F
  10. Bolen's Fancy/Dunmore Lasses/The Maid Behind The Bar/The Glass Of Beer
  11. The New Land

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b972b58) out of 5 stars A thoroughly enjoyable album 30 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The New Land by Touchstone is a delight for the ears from start to finish. Beginning with the Kilmoulis Jig and the Maid At The Spinning Wheel, the musical abilities of the group are evident, and the vocals on the later cuts are beautiful. I can think of few albums that combine romance, beauty, and joy as successfully as this one. I'd recommend it as a "must have" for any Celtic or folk lover.
(As an aside, this is also an excellent album to take with you if you are checking out stereo equipment, especially speakers. The Kilmoulis Jig starts with a mandolin solo that will highlight the speaker clarity and high-end response, then about a minute in, a bass line comes in strong to test those woofers. It's a great piece.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bf02df0) out of 5 stars one of the very best 1 July 2008
By Warren T.D. - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the best traditional music albums ever. I bought the album the year it came out, bought the CD when it first came out. Over 25 years later, I still listen to this album.

Never tire of the reaction that others get when they hear it. Talk about staying power! Just wish the group had produced more than 2 albums before splitting up.
HASH(0x8c4294bc) out of 5 stars A strong collaboration between an acclaimed Irish musician and three Americans interested in the Irish tradition 13 April 2013
By Christopher Culver - Published on
Format: Audio CD
In the 1970s, the vocalist and keyboardist Tríona Ní Dhomhnail was a member of two of Ireland's most acclaimed traditional bands, Skara Brae and The Bothy Band. At the end of that decade, she emigrated to the United States, settling in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. There she met Claudine Langille (banjo, mandolin, vocals), Zan McLeod (bouzouki, guitar, mandocello) and Mark Roberts (banjo, bodhran, flute, whistles), American musicians with an interest both in Irish folk and in American roots music. The resulting quartet Touchstone recorded two albums, of which THE NEW LAND was the first.

Due to the prominence of banjo and the provenance of some of the musicians, the music here is often viewed as some kind of Irish-bluegrass hybrid. However, I view THE NEW LAND as essentially an Irish traditional record. Certainly the instrumentals "Kilmoulis Jig/The Maid at the Spinning Wheel", "The Flowing Tide/Cooley's Hornpipe", "The Flying Reel/My Maryann/Game of Love", "Three Polkas" and "Bolen's Fancy/The Dunmore Lasses/The Maid Behind the Bar/The Glass of Beer" are as orthodox as anything recorded in Ireland. "The New Land" is also perfectly Irish in spirit, but reflects the interest in glossier production and synthesizers that overtook the genre in the 1980s.

The songs, however, show more stylistic range and touch on North American themes. Claudine Langille is main vocalist on "Susanna Martin", about the Salem witch trials, and "Farewell to Nova Scotia", a paean to that region of Canada. Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill contributes "Jack Haggerty" (in which she alternates in each verse with Langille) and "Casadh cam na Feadaraighe", which are rooted in Ireland and the latter even sung in Irish, as well as "Song in F" which looks forward to her later work in the New Age genre.

All in all, THE NEW LAND is a very strong record and highly recommended to anyone who enjoys Irish traditional music or anything subsumed under that marketing label "Celtic". I regard "Bolen's Fancy/The Dunmore Lasses/The Maid Behind the Bar/The Glass of Beer" as one of the finest instrumental tracks in the Green Linnet label's vast, vast catalogue. Now, I feel that the album does lose some momentum for me in its second half, which is why I've detracted a star, but there is nonetheless so much memorable material here.

(Verified purchase from a Madrid record shop)
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HASH(0x8be0dc54) out of 5 stars Susanna Martin song 6 Sept. 2009
By Essex Regional Retirement Board - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This whole cd is awesome but I especially love the Susanna Martin song....she is my 8th great grandmother so it is quite spectacular as far as I am concerned
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