Yankee Celtic Consort

Wander the Wood

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Yankee Celtic Consort's Wander the Wood offers elegant performances of traditional Celtic tunes, from the pensive "Arran Boatsong" to the lilting "Keelhaulin' the Bosun" to the delicate, haunting "No Worries." Instrumentally, they are seasoned, professional, and play their respective instruments outstandingly. This is high on the acquisition list for those who appreciate acoustic performances. They expand into world music on Middle Eastern-flavored "Nubiles of the Negev," which features lively banjo and mandolin -- very toe-tapping rhythms. While the vocalist does a pleasant job on "When You and I Were Young, Maggie," the fact that she's a woman singing a song written from a man's viewpoint will be an aspect that some strongly traditionalist listeners may not take to. Casual listeners will likely find it charming, though. On the other hand, the suitably male vocalist on "Star of the County Down" does a clear and zestful job, and both diehard traditionalists and lighter fans will want to play this one over and over. So welcome Yankee Celtic Consort to the genre, and definitely keep an eye and both ears open for any follow-ups they may release.

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