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Women of Ireland
Ceoltoiri Celtic Ensemble
Women of Ireland
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
 
In a way, Ceoltoiri are a little reminiscent of the Chieftains, in that they take a slightly more orchestral--as opposed to rough and ready, session-type--approach to the music, framing it in a slightly more formal context...  more »

      
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All Artists: Ceoltoiri Celtic Ensemble
Title: Women of Ireland
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Maggie's Music
Original Release Date: 3/10/1998
Release Date: 3/10/1998
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
Styles: Traditional Folk, British & Celtic Folk, Celtic, Europe, British Isles
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 095182021820, 095182021844, 095182021820

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In a way, Ceoltoiri are a little reminiscent of the Chieftains, in that they take a slightly more orchestral--as opposed to rough and ready, session-type--approach to the music, framing it in a slightly more formal context. They're at their very best, however, when the music is framing Connie McKenna's lovely voice, which isn't a million miles from Steeleye Span's Maddy Prior. That isn't to say that the instrumental sets lack power--just that the songs seem to offer these women a greater focus. There are some interesting touches--clarinet and woodwinds here and there--but it's good to see them using traditional material, instead of adding to the already cluttered canon. In an age of Celtic proliferation, sorting the wheat from the chaff takes a strong act of will. But Ceoltoiri are definitely wheat. --Chris Nickson

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Five stars, just for the first and last tracks alone
Kelly L. (www.FantasyLiterature.com | Columbia, MO United States | 11/18/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Ceoltoiri's album _Women of Ireland_ includes some of the most haunting songs I've ever heard, most notably the two Child ballad adaptations, "The Cruel Sister" and "Fair Flower of Northumberland". These two songs alone are worth the cost of the album, if you're into traditional Celtic and British music. The other songs are good as well, but as another reviewer mentioned, Ceoltoiri is at its best during the 6 or so vocal numbers. The instrumental pieces are pretty but tend to fade into the background, rather than engaging the listener. Overall, a beautiful album, and special kudos for the traditional ballads. The vocalist has just the right voice for that kind of music."
Collectors of Irish music won't be disappointed
RJW | Alexandria, Virginia USA | 03/21/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This was a wonderful new discovery for me. I was quite pleased. I listened to the haunting "The Cruel Sister" over and over - "the third string sang out so sad and low ..." Even casual collectors of Irish music won't be disappointed."
Lyrical magic
RJW | 09/07/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"best played during long drives through national forests and along ocean coasts."