This is only one in a long line of compilations that claim to bring you the best of Irish Folk Music. Just about all of these compilations will bring you some song by authentic folk bands like the Chieftains, yet some or even most songs on these compilations will be from Irish pop artists like The Corrs, Sinead O'Connor and sometimes even U2. With all due respect for these artists, they are pop artists. This compilation is different. It gives you three CD's with authentic Irish Folk Music, each and every song. There are wonderful jigs and unbelievable vocals to be heard on this compilation. Though there may be some important names missing like the Dubliners, Chieftains and Furey Brothers, this is still the best Irish Folk compilation I've ever come across. Each CD covers a time period. The 60's, 70's, and 80's to present. When you know the differences between each time period you will no longer be a Beginner to Irish Folk Music. But don't worry; you'll pass the test just by buying the Guide!
Take a batch of artists no ones heard of out of Ireland,songs and instros known to few and you have a beginners guide. No John McCormack,no Josef Locke,no Chieftains and that's just for starters There's too may unaccompanied songs for my liking-even one is too many and unless unaccompanied songs are by choirs they are simpy disabled from Windows Media When so many tracks have never appeared anywhere else this is clealy not for beginners