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Celebrating the Celts

Green Linnet Records 20th Anniversary Collection
Green Linnet Records 20th Anniversary Collection
By various artists

Green Linnet Records: 1996

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This review first appeared in the January 17, 1997 issue of the North County Times.

If you have any taste at all for the music of Eire, if your pulse races when you hear tunes from the Scottish Highlands, if you actually enjoy bagpipes and if all that is Gael and Celt sets your heart ablaze, then this new two-CD set from Green Linnet is must listening.

There are more than two hours of reels, jigs and heartbreaking ballads on this compilation/sampler from the Connecticut label that specializes in Celtic music. From fiddle hoedowns to Irish dance bands to great Gaelic balladeers, this set is both exhilarating and enchanting. Some of the better-known acts include The Tannahill Weavers, Seamus Ennis, Patrick Street, Wolfstone and June Tabor.

And this CD would be worth its price if all it contained was Tabor's interpretation of "No Man's Land/Flowers of the Forest" and Robbie O'Connell singing "There Were Roses." Both are anti-war anthems, sung by two of the finest vocalists of any tradition, and both are two of the best examples of the street of deep blue that runs through the green hills of Ireland and Scotland.