Various Artists

Ireland: The Greatest Songs Ever

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EMI's highly eclectic Greatest Songs Ever series return to Ireland for another pint of Celtic music both traditional and modern. On the traditional front, mainstays like the Chieftains ("Cotton Eyed Joe") and the Fureys ("Green Fields of France") brush shoulders with new traditionalists like Nan Tom Teaimín ("Lambs on the Green Hills") and Donal Cassidy, Jr. ("Old Bush/Crooked Road to Dublin/Man of the House"). The rest of the collection focuses on contemporary sounds from Clannad ("Dulamann") to Paul Ashe-Browne and Bill Whelan's "Riverdance," but there's a solid middle ground between the two that keeps this amiable anthology afloat, despite the questionable inclusion of Alabama-born American country siren Emmylou Harris' beautiful but dreadfully out-of-place "Sonny."

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