The Rough Guide To Celtic Women
This Rough Guide spotlights music from the Celtic shores of Northern Europe and beyond. Artists like Irish singer Cara Dillon and French-Breton innovator Cécile Corbel infuse their music with strands of contemporary folk, Americana and more. This Rough Guide also considers Canadian artists, such as stellar name Teresa Doyle, who are re-inventing their Gaelic roots.
Includes bonus CD by Teresa Doyle
- Listen Buy MP3 Pauline Scanlon: In Shame Love, In Shame (4:05)
- Listen Buy MP3 Cara Dillon: The Hill of Thieves (4:29)
- Listen Bundle only Julie Fowlis: M' Fhearann Saidhbhir (My Land Is Rich) / Nellie Garvey's Favourite / 'G Ioman Nan Gamhan 's Mi Muladach / Jerry's Pipe Jig (5:32)
- Listen Buy MP3 Sharon Shannon feat. Carol Keogh: Summer Sands (3:18)
- Listen Buy MP3 Karine Polwart: What Are You Waiting For? (2:47)
- Listen Buy MP3 Susana Seivane: Foliada de Caión (4:26)
- Listen Buy MP3 Capercaillie: Turas an Ànraidh (The Stormy Voyage) (4:30)
- Listen Buy MP3 Eamon Doorley, Julie Fowlis, Ross Martin & Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh: Da Bhfaigheann Mo Rogha De Thriur Acu / Dhannsamaid Le Ailean / Cairistion' Nigh'N Eoghainn (3:46)
- Listen Buy MP3 Karan Casey: Jonny I Hardly Knew Ye (4:23)
- Listen Buy MP3 Gráda: John Riley (3:34)
- Listen Buy MP3 Cécile Corbel: Brian Boru (4:28)
- Listen Buy MP3 Altan: Amhran Pheadair Bhreathnaigh (3:53)
- Listen Buy MP3 Maggie Macinnes: A'Mhaighdeann Bharrach (The Barra Maiden) (4:00)
- Listen Buy MP3 T With The Maggies: Cuach mo Londubh Buí (2:58)
- Listen Buy MP3 Teresa Doyle: O'Halloran Road (2:27)
- Listen Buy MP3 Seacht Suáilce na Maighdine Muire (3:34)
- Listen Buy MP3 Tàladh Ar Slànair (3:18)
- Listen Buy MP3 In Ainm An Athar Go mBuaidh (2:45)
- Listen Buy MP3 Caoineadh Mhuire (4:21)
- Listen Buy MP3 Suantraí Na Maighdine (4:57)
- Listen Buy MP3 Deus Meus Adiuva Me (4:09)
- Listen Buy MP3 An tAiséirí (5:20)
- Listen Buy MP3 Rug Muire Mac Do Dhia (3:08)
- Listen Buy MP3 Gabham Molta Bhríde (2:11)
- Listen Buy MP3 Don Oíche Úd I mBeithil (5:16)
- Listen Buy MP3 Seacht nDólás Na Maighdine Muire (7:42)
Today, the Celtic music world includes Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany (France), Asturias and Galicia (Spain), and parts of Atlantic Canada and the United States (a result of large waves of Scottish, Irish and French immigration to the Americas). In recent decades, Celtic women have been leading a revival in folk music. Artists like Sharon Shannon, Karen Matheson (of Capercaillie), Cara Dillon and others have achieved what was only a generation ago almost unthinkable, reaching mainstream audiences with Celtic folk music. This Rough Guide presents a selection of the best female artists on the scene.
The album opens with the spirited song, ‘In Shame Love, In Shame’ by Pauline Scanlon. Her music is immersed in the Irish tradition, with a dose of contemporary edginess from alternative music. Other highlights include a track by a four piece ensemble lead by the great Julie Fowlis. ‘Da Bhafaigheann Mo Rogha De Thriur Acu’ is a strident, dance-like tune that is sure to start toes tapping. Karan Casey’s contribution is her version of ‘Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye’, one of the most famous anti-war songs ever written. The emotional lyrics describe a poor, blind and crippled soldier returning from war. An ethereal harp-led number is contributed by Cécile Corbel. Cécile was born in Brittany and learned to play the harp as a teenager, on this track she sings in the traditional Breton language (Breizh). T With The Maggies is a close harmony vocal group composed of four native Gaelic speakers from County Donegal, Ireland. The women’s seemingly effortless ability to sing in tight, sweet, as demonstrated on ‘Cuach Mo Lundobh Bui’, harmony is simply breathtaking.
This Rough Guide also comes with a full-length bonus album from one of the leading voices in Celtic Canadian music, Teresa Doyle. Orrachan is a collection of ancient Irish Gaelic songs. Teresa sings them with her trademark ethereal voice and effortlessly transports us to the beating heart of the Celtic world.