Friday, December 23, 2005

Celtic Music makes me happy!

I've got two new Celtic Music CDs. One is volume six of series 'Celtic Twilight', inspired by W. B. Yeats' terrific poetry book on the myths and legends of this wonderful culture I feel so deeply connected to, even from this geographic remove. In volume six, 'Celtic Twilight' features some of my all-time favourites--for instance the soulful and all-pervasive Uillean Pipes of Davy Spillane. Very few performers can spread their sound and awaken emotions all over my being like Davy. Also featured are Cappercaillie, Bill Douglas and the genious of fiddle, Alasdair Fraser, along with delightful surprises, such as Irish singer-songwriter Fiona Joyce. If you have the chance, check this lady out, she is a prime bard!
The other CD is the Corrs' new album, 'Home'. As largely advertised by the media, they are definetely back to their roots, Irish Folk. The album contains thirteen tracks, combining ancient melodies (like sixteenth-century 'Moorlough Shore' and 'Haste to the Wedding') and contemporary tunes written by interesting living bards (especially Richard Thompson and Anna McCarrigle). They are definetely not as traditional as the Chieftains or the Dubliners, but they sure are deeply rooted in the Ancient Celtic Spirit. I can read between the fat bass and the rich electronic percussion a strong influence from the sumptuous and avant-guarde renderings of Nightnoise, and the presence of the BBC Concert Orchestra surely agrandizes the music. 'Home' reveals a more mature Andrea and an even more creative Jim. Though Carolyne is a bit obfuscated by the magical drums and percussion of guest musicians, she is always the most charismatic of them all for me. And I am awfully sorry to say that it is not yet the time when Sharon, one of the grooviest fiddlers of her generation, has shown what she is about and up to. In time.
On time: Has anyone notice how frequent fresh water (rivers, lakes and the such) have been on my blog, poetry, storytelling and conversation lately? Hm.

Photo: Davy Spillane performing live in 2003.