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Appalachian and Irish acoustic trad music make an appealing combination, and the Chieftains and their stateside colleagues do ample justice to both in this Grammy-winning charmer. American Country music developed primarily from Scots-Irish and British folk tunes, rather than the Chieftains' more usual Gaelic sources, but there was considerable borrowing and one melody often turned up with multiple sets of lyrics. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band perform here with an aplomb that recalls their legendary "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" sessions (a version of that tune also appears on the CD). Other participants include Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Chet Atkins, banjo renaissance maestro Bela Fleck, New Grass Revival's Sam Bush, and bluegrass diehard Ricky Skaggs. --Christina Roden
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Exploring the links between country and Celtic
Joe Sixpack -- Slipcue.com | ...in Middle America | 05/15/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Paddy Moloney and the lads haul over to Nashville where they round up Willie Nelson, Chet Atkins, Don Williams, Ricky Skaggs and a passel of newgrassers such as Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck, etc. to jam with them on these pop-hick-Celtic crossovers. Generally a pretty strong album, with some interesting angles on familiar terrain. PS - maybe this is where Ricky Skaggs caught the Celtic bug!"