Various Artists

The Rough Guide to Irish Music: Second Edition

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The World Music Network's second installment in its excellent Rough Guide to Irish Music series is another high-quality overview of Celtic music both traditional and contemporary that eclipses many of the genre's numerous other anthologies. With a roster that forgoes the emerging industry's more fusion-oriented material in favor of young and older talent with muses that burn bright with forward-thinking -- but ultimately reverent -- renderings of traditional songs and dances, it's an excellent introduction for the curious and a solid collection for the already converted. Highlights include the whistle-heavy trio Flook, the Manhattan-based Celtic folk of the Prodigals and the blistering harmonica and fiddle duo Paul Moran and Fergal Scahill.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 4:42
2 2:17
3 2:46
4 2:38
5 3:08
6 2:09
7 4:04
8 2:18
9
1:17
10 2:35
11 3:09
12 3:55
13 4:11
14 4:06
15 3:59
16 3:14
17 2:20
18 2:39
19 4:16
20 3:50
21 3:26
22 3:21
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