Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Folk, World Music, New Age, Pop, Children's Music
Celtic Lullaby A collection of traditional lullabies from Ireland, Scotland, Wales & beyond to coax, cuddle and caress a child to sleep. Ethereal and enduring, each of these cradle songs has a melody that delights and li... more »
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Celtic Lullaby A collection of traditional lullabies from Ireland, Scotland, Wales & beyond to coax, cuddle and caress a child to sleep. Ethereal and enduring, each of these cradle songs has a melody that delights and lingers within the listener. The Boston globe called this compilation ?the sleeper of the year? because as soothing as these songs are to a child, they will also satisfy and please a parent. Harps, whistles, mandolins and flutes create crystalline textures, and the Gaelic lyrics and translations provided give insight into linguistic rhythms, shades of meaning, and even historical references.
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Excellent - Real Celtic Lullabies
Abba Poemon the Ubermensch | Boston, Ma US | 10/11/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD lives in our CD player. I actually find myself humming some of these songs occasionally, along with the songs from the other Ellipsis album Celtic Dreams (I prefer this one). This is an excellent CD for children, and for adults with any taste for traditional music - I bought about a half-dozen albums with titles that were variations on "Celtic Lullaby": this and it's companion take the prize. Of course, one doesn't need to be a Celt to enjoy this. If you're a derascinated Celt, however, and you want to get some exposure to a tradition that you've been robbed of, this is a good way (if this is part of your aim, also pick up "The Virgin's Lament (Caoineadhi Na Maighdine)" by Noirin Ni Riain).
No two songs on this CD or it's companion are recorded by the same artist, and many of the tracks are also found on another album by the recording artist (references to these are given in the liner notes, so if you like an artist, you can pursue it further). One recording in particular would do better with another vocalist, but they never bothered me, who am fairly picky about these things, and more importantly they never bother my daughter. I will say that Suo Gan has a much better recording that can be found as the first track on the Empire Of The Sun: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD (though I also enjoy this one), and Taladh Chriosda has a wondrous version on the CD Anuna (though this one is pleasant).
The slipcase and cardboard foldout case are very nice, with the exception of the CD slipcase - it's a pocket of smooth cardboard, and I would have liked to have seen a traditional pop-in segment. No matter - very nicely done, and worthy of five stars.
Oh, and my daughter loves these, usually calms down to them when she's colicy, and otherwise does, in fact, fall asleep to them. Definitely five stars.