Best Celtic CDs of November

“Irish Rebel Songs” by The Battering Ram

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November 11, 2011
“Irish Rebel Songs” by The Battering Ram
Fans of the rebel song will devour this CD by The Battering Ram, which is aptly named simply, “Irish Rebel Songs”.  You know what you’re getting into from the get go here and this band delivers it right on the mark.  Rousing, ruffling tunes such as “Come Out and Fight”…
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“The Longest Night: A Winter Celebration” by John McGaha

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November 10, 2011
“The Longest Night: A Winter Celebration” by John McGaha
“Melodic” would be one of the first words which spring to mind when you hear The Longest Night: A Winter Celebration by John McGaha.  Everything really flows.  There’s a grace to the music that I don’t often hear. It’s like McGaha has a “secret sauce” – but the musical kind. Can’t really say I…
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“In My Life” by Kathy Barwick

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November 9, 2011
“In My Life” by Kathy Barwick
Kathy Barwick is an accomplished musician that plays the guitar, banjo, bass, mandolin and dobro.  She has more than 30 years’ experience in playing folk, bluegrass, blues and Irish music in various bands and in a variety of studio settings.  Drawing on her extensive experience she has splendidly blended these music styles to create…
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“Old Dirt Road” by Lexington Field

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November 8, 2011
“Old Dirt Road” by Lexington Field
One of the greatest things about modern Celtic music is that it is constantly changing to appeal to new audiences.  San Diego natives, Lexington Field, mix Celtic rhythm, traditional violin, good old American electric guitar, and blend it with a healthy dose of punk to create a fun and eclectic original album. Lexington Field…
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“Here We Stand” by Cross The Border

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November 7, 2011
“Here We Stand” by Cross The Border
In this age of social media, the spirit of music has found fertile ground.  In 2007, two kindred spirits met on an acoustic music forum planting the seeds for Cross the Border.  Native to Glasgow, Scotland, Stoo Nicol had found some tender and inspiring instrumentals on MySpace from Gary ‘Sketchy’ Painting of Kent, England. …
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“On The Move” by Colin Farrell

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November 5, 2011
“On The Move” by Colin Farrell
This Contemporary Folk CD has certainly been blessed by the Muses.  Colin has managed to instrumentally create such a weave of traditional  music with enough modern flair to bring about an unexpected sense of  spiritual happiness.  Examples would be, ”Garageband Reels, Joe’s House & The Old Rogue”. “Sheelin Side“  a warm composition , even with horns, starts the tour of delight…
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“Six Yanks” by Barleyjuice

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November 3, 2011
“Six Yanks” by Barleyjuice
Known for their boisterous renditions of “All For Me Grog” and “Whiskey in the Jar,” Barleyjuice’s third album (2006) comes out swinging and doesn’t stop. Sure, the first track “Misty Mornings Miss’d” is a bit of a warm-up–a kind of teasing mellow instrumental that says “Hey, we can do chill stuff too, lads,” right…
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“Honk Toot Suite” by Éamonn Coyne and Kris Drever

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October 25, 2011
“Honk Toot Suite” by Éamonn Coyne and Kris Drever
With a title like Honk Toot Suite,  I had absolutely no idea what to expect from the album by Éamonn Coyne and Kris Drever.  Reading Coyne is a banjo player was a bit worrying to me.  A banjo is a like a signal that bluegrass is about to be perpetrated; worse yet yodeling …
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“3 LBS Of Rage” by The Rogues

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October 24, 2011
“3 LBS Of Rage” by The Rogues
Love the pipes?  If you are nodding your head, then you’ll love this band!  The Rogues “3 LBS of Rage” delivers a multitude of great tracks, showing off the skill and style that made them such a popular group.  This is a CD that any Celtic music lover would be…
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“A Celebration of Twenty” by IONA

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October 20, 2011
“A Celebration of Twenty” by IONA
With a beautiful voice, Barbara Tresidder Ryan brings a many-layered grasp of the exciting to the Celtic traditions she sings.  Her multi-lingual talent also imbibes joy into every song.  I promise, I will listen to all the songs Barbara sings in Irish until I know them by heart. The flute, fiddle, guitar, base, drums…
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