Best Celtic CDs for February

“That Night in the Garden” by Emerald Rose

Review: “That Night in the Garden” by Emerald Rose

Emerald Rose has been making music in the Celtic vein since late 1996 and, in the intervening years, have managed to put out seven CDs geared towards lovers of Celtic-inspired music. Their latest, “That Night in the Garden”, is a CD that was recorded at  a series of concerts in [read review...]

“Out in the West” by The Indulgers

Review: “Out in the West” by The Indulgers

“Out of the West” is the sixth CD release from The Indulgers, a Colorado-based band who comes from serious Celtic roots, as displayed in their stable of recordings. The CD continues this Celtic influence, though here it is mixed liberally with some Western-oriented motifs (thus the name of the [read review...]

“Thistle Dew” by Christina Connell

Review: “Thistle Dew” by Christina Connell

If you’re looking for some traditional Scottish music, you’re in for a treat here. On Thistle Dew, Christina Connell has collected a number of traditional Scottish tunes and given them a symphonic twist. The result is a pleasant collection of upbeat music that sounds a bit like Enya’s music [read review...]

“Sleepers Awake” by Char Butler and Amber Whitworth

Review: “Sleepers Awake” by Char Butler and Amber Whitworth

In a very short time Char Butler has achieved a wide audience. She was nominated for the 2010 Indie Artist Award for the Starliners Radio and was elected 2008’s Crossover Artist of The Year by New Music Weekly Magazine . Char’s music is gentle, atmospheric, and melodic with a [read review...]

“Three Mile Stone” by Three Mile Stone

Review: “Three Mile Stone” by Three Mile Stone

The self-titled debut album by Three Mile Stone, a trio of string musicians, opens with a nice instrumental song showing off their musical skills. Just when you think this is an all-instrumental album however, the second track tells a different story. A subdued – a term you might use for all the [read review...]

“Bushes, Briars & Figs – Live at the Riviera” by Embarr

Review: “Bushes, Briars & Figs – Live at the Riviera” by Embarr

Michigan-based Embarr is a three-piece band that is self-described as “Celtic fusion” and a quick glance at the play list of their new CD quickly confirms the “Celtic”. The selections are a healthy mix of traditional melodies  and traditional songs. Reels and [read review...]

“Noone Lasses” by Anton Emery

Review: “Noone Lasses” by Anton Emery

On his debut album Noone Lasses, Anton Emery takes traditional Celtic music and adapts it for fingerpicking on the acoustic guitar, and he does it very well. With apparent ease, he takes traditional Celtic tunes and makes them his own. What I mean by that is, he doesn’t just play them, he does something [read review...]

“Mystical Moments, A Sign of Things To Come” by Jacie McConnell

Review: “Mystical Moments, A Sign of Things To Come” by Jacie McConnell

Jacie McConnell’s “Mystical Moments” is more than just a collection of Celtic-inspired instrumentals. The artist takes the listener on a trip to the long-lost land of the Fae called Tir N’an Nog, using music as the preferred method of transport. In the same style as the [read review...]

“Below the mists, above the brambles” by MaterDea

Review: “Below the mists, above the brambles” by MaterDea

“Below the mists, above the brambles” is the first CD from MaterDea, a duo based out of Turin, Italy. The CD is a wonderful blend of classical styled melodies mixed liberally with pulse-pounding rock rhythms that move the songs along. The two main members of the band, Simon Papa and [read review...]

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