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Heidi Talbot - The Last Star (2010)

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Heidi Talbot - The Last Star (2010)

Heidi Talbot - The Last Star (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 236 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 97 Mb | Scans ~ 47 Mb
Folk, Celtic, Folk-Rock | Label: Compass Records | # 7 4545 2 | Time: 00:42:20

Look out for a new star in the pantheon of great Irish singers. With the release of her album THE LAST STAR, Heidi Talbot is truly set to shine. She first gained recognition during the five years spent as lead singer with the all female Irish-American super group Cherish the Ladies, quickly followed by high praise for her two previous solo outings, Distant Future (2004) and In Love + Light (2008). On THE LAST STAR, Talbot applies her talents to a broader, bolder musical canvas accompanied by a stellar cast of guests musicians including vocalists Eddi Reader and Karine Polwart, vocalist/guitarist Kris Drever, guitarist Boo Hewerdine, fiddler/producer John McCusker and flute/whistle virtuoso Michael McGoldrick.

Clannad - In A Lifetime: The Best Of Clannad (2003) 2CD Edition

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Clannad - In A Lifetime: The Best Of Clannad (2003) 2CD Edition

Clannad - In A Lifetime: The Best Of Clannad (2003) 2CD Edition
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 694 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 276 Mb | Scans included | 01:55:29
Celtic Folk, New Age, Celtic Pop, Ethnic Fusion, Folk Rock | Label: BMG | # 82876 564022

The Best of Clannad: In a Lifetime is a greatest hits compilation album by Irish folk group Clannad. It contains two new tracks, "Christmas Angels" and "What Will I Do", the latter of which is on the soundtrack to the Kevin Costner film Message in a Bottle. 2003 UK Limited Edition 26-track 2-CD album set comprising of 18-track CD including Theme From Harrys Game In A Lifetime - featuring Bono & duets with Paul Young & Bruce Hornsby plus BONUS 8-track CD featuring their most laid-back tracks & 3 previously unreleased chilled-out remixes & Saltwater by Chicane.

Van Morrison - What's Wrong With This Picture? (2003)

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Van Morrison - What's Wrong With This Picture? (2003)

Van Morrison - What's Wrong With This Picture? (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 419 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb | Scans ~ 92 Mb
Label: Blue Note Records | # 7243 5 93651 2 1 | Time: 01:03:43
Jazz-Blues, Vocal Jazz, Blues, Blues-Rock, Celtic, Blue-Eyed Soul

While 2002's Down the Road was the best Van Morrison release in ages – with its autobiographical allusions, cultural critiques, and new band – it could not have prepared listeners for the jolt of this, his Blue Note Records debut What's Wrong With This Picture? While the album is hardly a straight jazz record, it does take the territory he explored on Down the Road another step further into the classic pop music of the 20th century filtered through his own Celtic swing, R&B, vocal jazz, and blue-eyed soul. The title track that opens the album is as close to an anthem as Morrison's ever written; he states with an easy, swinging, jazzy soul groove that he is not the same person he once was and wonders why that was so difficult for others to accept. There is no bitterness or bite in his assertions. If anything, the question is asked with warm humor and amusement as if it is indeed the listener's hangup if he/she can't accept Morrison "living in the present time." He asks, "Why don't we take it down and forget about it/'Cause that ain't me at all," as the song whispers to a close.

Mark Knopfler - Golden Demos & Hamburg 2001 (2002) [Unofficial Release]

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Mark Knopfler - Golden Demos & Hamburg 2001 (2002) [Unofficial Release]

Mark Knopfler - Golden Demos & Hamburg 2001 (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 497 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 188 Mb | Scans included
Folk-Rock, Country-Rock, Celtic | Label: Free Music | # MK15638 | Time: 01:17:23

This is a totally unique recording featuring very rare studio demos! Taken from the soundboard during the Golden Heart sessions sometime 1994/95. Includes five very good unreleased songs. Song number 10 is very very nice, but not written by Mark Knopfler unfortunately. The sound quality is good. Also featured on this official bootleg are 5 songs from the Hamburg 2001 radio broadcast, also in very good sound quality.

Loreena McKennitt - The Road Back Home (2024)

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Loreena McKennitt - The Road Back Home (2024)

Loreena McKennitt - The Road Back Home (2024)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 253 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 98 Mb | 00:42:44
Folk, Celtic, Female Vocal | Label: Quinlan Road

On March 8, 2024, the Canadian artist and winner of the Juno Award will release a new album. She is returning to the origins of her career and this time devoting herself more to traditional Celtic music.

Van Morrison - The Healing Game (1997) Expanded Remastered 2008

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Van Morrison - The Healing Game (1997) Expanded Remastered 2008

Van Morrison - The Healing Game (1997) Expanded Remastered 2008
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 339 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 133 Mb | Scans ~ 84 Mb
Label: Exile Productions Ltd., Polydor | # 5308757 | Time: 00:58:24
Singer/Songwriter, Pop/Rock, Folk-Rock, Blues, Blue-Eyed Soul

Van Morrison never stopped recording during the 1990s, but for a little while it seemed as if he was disconnected from his muse. It wasn't so much his series of jazz cover albums – he'd return to this vein often in subsequent decades – but his songwriting that showed signs bitterness, particularly on 1995's Days Like This, where he seemed dismissive of the very notion of being a songwriter. In that light, it's hard not to see 1997's The Healing Game as a rejuvenation. Indeed, the album's very title suggests that Morrison is in the process of mending fences and reconnecting with a sense of joy, a process that began during his deep dive into Mose Allison and other bluesy jazz artists in the mid-'90s. Morrison retains that sense of swing on The Healing Game – he also retains keyboardist Georgie Fame, who would become a fixture on Morrison's albums over the next two decades – and it invigorates a set of songs that aren't necessarily all that different from what he's been writing as of late; he's still specializing in ballads, blues, and folk-rock colored by R&B.

Van Morrison - Saint Dominic's Preview (1972) Remastered Reissue 1997

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Van Morrison - Saint Dominic's Preview (1972) Remastered Reissue 1997

Van Morrison - Saint Dominic's Preview (1972) Remastered Reissue 1997
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 272 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 110 Mb | Scans included
Label: Polydor, Exile | # 537 451 2 | Time: 00:41:27
Singer/Songwriter, Rock, Folk Rock, Rhythm & Blues, Blue-Eyed Soul

Saint Dominic's Preview is the sixth studio album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. It was released in July 1972 by Warner Bros. Records. Rolling Stone declared it "the best-produced, most ambitious Van Morrison record yet released." The diversity of the material on the album highlighted Morrison's fusing of Celtic folk, R&B, blues, jazz and the singer-songwriter genre. "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)" and the title track were blends of soul and folk, while lesser known tracks such as "Gypsy" and "Redwood Tree" continued to display a lyrical celebration of nature's beauty. Also on the album were two lengthy tracks, "Listen to the Lion" and the closing "Almost Independence Day" which were given primal, cathartic and intense vocal performances from Morrison. These tracks were similar to the songs on his 1968 album, Astral Weeks.

Hughes de Courson - O'Stravaganza: Fantasy on Vivaldi and the Celtic music of Ireland (2001)

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Hughes de Courson - O'Stravaganza: Fantasy on Vivaldi and the Celtic music of Ireland (2001)

Hughes de Courson - O'Stravaganza: Fantasy on Vivaldi and the Celtic music of Ireland (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 359 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Scans included
Celtic Fusion, Classical Crossover | Label: Virgin Classics | # VC 545494-2 | Time: 00:42:24

This is not such a bizarre cross-over as one might imagine for in the 18th century the great Irish musician Turlough O’Carolan, a blind harpist, met the Italian musician Geminiani in Dublin, and through him encountered the music of, yes, guess who, Antonio Vivaldi. So here we have a case of substituting Irish instruments for baroque ones, using baroque instruments to accompany Irish themes, by creating dialogues between Celtic and baroque instruments, or by letting all the musicians improvise. One moment we appear to be listening to a ‘straight’ baroque concerto, then all of a sudden the conventional string continuo/ripieno of the baroque ensemble (Le Orfanelle della Pieta) gives way to celtic musicians playing a jig or reel on anything from a Irish bouzouki to a fiddle. The baroque group consists of three each of first and second violins, one viola, two cellos, a bass and harpsichord while the Irish musicians play Irish fiddle, an Irish flute (like a baroque flute), tin and low whistles, Uileann pipes, Irish bouzouki, mandolins, bodhran, bones, and the Celtic harp (played here with metal strings to resemble its harpsichord counterpart in the other group).

Loreena McKennitt - The Road Back Home (Live) (2024)

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Loreena McKennitt - The Road Back Home (Live) (2024)

Loreena McKennitt - The Road Back Home (Live) (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 238 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 98 MB
42:39 | Folk, Celtic | Label: Quinlan Road

Exploring more traditional forms of Celtic music, Loreena McKennitt's brilliant 2024 release The Road Back Home marks an inspired return to her roots. The album features 10 songs, including many pieces that date back to McKennitt's earliest days on the folk circuit and which have remained unrecorded until now. Although recognized today as a cultural cross-pollinator and a ground-breaking leader of the contemporary Celtic Music scene, McKennitt's journey began in the humble folk clubs and the nascent festival scenes of her childhood home in Western Canada.

Celtic Woman - 20 (20th Anniversary) (2024)

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Celtic Woman - 20 (20th Anniversary) (2024)

Celtic Woman - 20 (20th Anniversary) (2024)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | 01:08:41 | 368 Mb
Folk, Celtic, New Age, Female Vocal | Label: Manhattan Records

Celtic Woman returns with a brand-new album to celebrate this incredible 20 year milestone.

Altan - Donegal (2024)

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Altan - Donegal (2024)

Altan - Donegal (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 231 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 89 Mb | 00:38:35
Folk, Celtic, Female Vocal | Label: Compass Records

Altan is arguably the most iconic band working in traditional Irish music today. For the past 35 years, they have been bringing the music of their native County Donegal to the world stage. Irish-language songs and dynamic twin-fiddling, the hallmarks of Altan's sound, framework the band's newest album, aptly titled 'DONEGAL'. The album's 10 tracks pay homage to Donegal's rich musical heritage, breathtaking landscapes, and vibrant culture. The authenticity and allure of the music transports listeners to a bygone time in rural Ireland while simultaneously forging a connection between the past and modern times.

VA - Green Hill 30 Years Of Celtic (2024)

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VA - Green Hill 30 Years Of Celtic (2024)

VA - Green Hill 30 Years Of Celtic (2024)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 2:01:39 | 671 / 280 Mb
Genre: Folk, Celtic, New Age

Green Hill Music has been a leader in the conceptual music arena for more than 30 years and Celtic music has always been at the forefront of Green Hill's best-selling offerings. In this compilation celebrating Green Hill's 30th anniversary, the top Celtic recordings from the vast Green Hill catalog have been compiled, featuring the work of label artists David Arkenstone, Craig Duncan, Jock Mock, David Davidson, and more.

Andy Irvine - Way Out Yonder (2000)

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Andy Irvine - Way Out Yonder (2000)

Andy Irvine - Way Out Yonder (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 331 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 120 Mb | Scans ~ 43 Mb
Celtic, Traditional Folk | Label: Appleseed Recordings | # APR CD 1049 | 00:52:15

A great deal of today's Celtic music has ventured far from its roots, adding a wash of new age keyboards and heavenly harmony. Fortunately for hardcore traditionalists, singers and musicians like Andy Irvine stick closer to their acoustic roots. Even when Irvine writes his own songs, they retain a strong flavor of traditional music. Way Out Yonder is a lovely album comprised of a number of ballads and jigs, and filled with good singing and fitting arrangements. Irvine adds words to the "The Girl I Left Behind," a song of love, betrayal, and reborn love. An American version of this piece, "Forsaken Love," ends in suicide, so this more upbeat version, while still melancholy, is refreshing. "Gladiators" covers the biography of one Tom Barker, a radical union worker (a Wobbly) from Australia who fought against conscription during WW I. "They'll Never Believe It's True/Froggy's Jig" conjures up Irish folklore in the form of faeries dancing, while the title cut is a lively Bulgarian jig with some nice harmonica work by Brendan Power. Many of the songs on Way Out Yonder are long because Irvine likes to spin a yarn, and fortunately for the audience, he's good at it. The acoustic guitars and whistles underline the music perfectly.

Loreena McKennitt - Parallel Dreams (1989) {2005, Remastered}

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Loreena McKennitt - Parallel Dreams (1989) {2005, Remastered}

Loreena McKennitt - Parallel Dreams (1989) {2005, Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 284 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 113 Mb
Full Scans | 00:43:38 | RAR 5% Recovery
Folk, Celtic | Quinlan Road #R2 73985

Parallel Dreams, the Canadian harpist/songwriter's quietly moving sophomore release, finds the mystical red-haired siren in true balladeer form. By far McKennitt's most romantic venture – the liner notes describe the project's central theme as a "yearning toward love, liberty and integration" – Dreams is more ambitious than her sparse, impeccably recorded debut, Elemental, tripling the amount of players and laying the groundwork for the immense scope she would go on to attain on future recordings. The heartbreaking trio of "Standing Stones," "Annachnie Gordon," and "Dickens' Dublin" – the latter features an effective radio-show sample of an unnamed Irish school child detailing the birth of Christ – stand among the artist's finest works, and the range and clarity of her voice is undeniably powerful. Parallel Dreams was an emotional and career-turning point for McKennitt, as her next recording would be the major-label spectacle The Visit.

Oysterband - Trawler (1994)

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Oysterband - Trawler (1994)

Oysterband - Trawler (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 391 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 137 Mb | Scans included | 00:57:34
British Folk-Rock, Celtic Rock, British Folk | Label: Cooking Vinyl | # COOK CD 078

Oysterband's Trawler is a compilation of favorites from the group's previous seven albums, only newly recorded by the present lineup. Essentially, it's like a "covers" album of The Oysterband covering itself. Long one of Britain's prime synthesists of Celtic and rock, and a thorn in the side of purists everywhere, Trawler takes the group's material one step further away from tradition. Hal-An-Tow is a possessed whirligig of sounds; Oxford Girl reconfirms itself as the group's most memorable melody. One has to admit to slight unease with the "rewriting history" aspect of this re-recording, and a compilation of the original versions would have been far more comfortable.