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Maddy Prior & Rick Kemp - Happy Families (1990) [Re-Up]

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Maddy Prior & Rick Kemp - Happy Families (1990) [Re-Up]

Maddy Prior & Rick Kemp - Happy Families (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 247 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 116 Mb | Scans included
British Folk, British Folk-Rock, Celtic | Label: Park Records | # PRKCD 4 | Time: 00:46:04

Teamed with Rick Kemp, Prior turns in her best non-Steeleye Span folk-rock performance, with heavy amplification, crisp electric guitars, and accordion for support. Her airy vocals and the heavy electric sound make this a superb adjunct to the best rock sides by Steeleye (Commoner's Crown, etc.), although this stuff has more of a contemporary feel, relating to Prior's Steeleye Span work roughly the way Dylan's best '70s and '80s stuff relates to his '60s folk and folk-rock sides, with a definite rock beat and pop music feel. There's also a strong social consciousness at work, with topical songs dealing with unemployment and privation amid love songs and a very playful cover of "Who's Sorry Now". (Bruce Eder, AMG)

Maddy Prior & June Tabor - Silly Sisters (1976) Reissue 1994 [Re-Up]

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Maddy Prior & June Tabor - Silly Sisters (1976) Reissue 1994 [Re-Up]

Maddy Prior & June Tabor - Silly Sisters (1976) Reissue 1994
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 242 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 108 Mb | Scans included
British Folk, British Folk-Rock, Celtic | Label: BGO | # BGOCD214 | Time: 00:41:50

This was a match made in heaven: Maddy Prior, the sweet-voiced singer for Steeleye Span, and June Tabor, a darker-toned solo performer who was already making a significant name for herself on the British folk scene. The collaboration was blessed by the presence of most of that scene's aristocracy, including guitarists Nic Jones and Martin Carthy, bassist Danny Thompson, and mandolinist Andy Irvine. But the album's most transcendent moments come when Prior and Tabor sing together a cappella, as they do at the beginning of the gentle "Seven Joys of Mary" and the more astringent "Burning of Auchindoon," not to mention the hair-raising "Four Loom Weaver." A few of these songs require a couple of listens before they reveal all of their charms, but all of them are worth the effort.

Nancy Kerr - Instar (2016)

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Nancy Kerr - Instar (2016)

Nancy Kerr - Instar (2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | 00:52:07 | 309 Mb
Folk, Celtic, Female Vocal | Label: Little Dish Records

From hijabs to hen harriers, Instar is the cutting-edge of contemporary folk music, an important album that sees folk’s poet-laureate at the height of her creative powers.

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).

Fairport Convention - What We Did On Our Holidays (1969) Expanded Remastered 2003

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Fairport Convention - What We Did On Our Holidays (1969) Expanded Remastered 2003

Fairport Convention - What We Did On Our Holidays (1969) Expanded Remastered 2003
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 248 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 111 Mb | Scans ~ 52 Mb
Label: Island Remasters | # IMCD 294/063 597-2 | Time: 00:48:34
British Folk-Rock, Folk, Folk-Blues, Psychedelic

Digitally remastered edition of the 2nd Fairport Convention LP and the first to include the presence of Sandy Denny was recorded in 1968. It showcases a young group taking pleasure in singing and playing whatever took its' collective fancy, and doing this with surprising sensitivity, authority and musicality. Also evident is the trademark unpredictability and wacky sense of fun which marked their live concerts . Make 'em laugh, make 'em cry, make 'em puzzled; that was early Fairport. Includes 3 Bonus Tracks. "Throwaway Street Puzzle" was released as the b-side of the "Meet On The Ledge" single. "You're Gonna Need My Help" is a rare BBC Radio recording from 1969 and features a virtuoso slide-guitar performance by Richard Thompson. "Some Sweet Day" was originally recorded to be released as a single but was shelved in favour of "Meet On The Ledge".

Clíodhna Ní Aodáin - The Celtic Cello (2019)

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Clíodhna Ní Aodáin - The Celtic Cello (2019)

Clíodhna Ní Aodáin - The Celtic Cello (2019)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) - 156 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 82 MB | 00:33:27
Celtic, Classical | Label: Terra Preta Music

Clíodhna studied cello in Ireland with Olwen Lewis and Aisling Drury Byrne. She continued with Emma Ferrand at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Yuli Turovsky at the Université de Montréal and Susanne Basler at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste. Clíodhna has participated in Masterclasses with Janos Starker, Valentin Berlinsky, and David Darling. Clíodhna has performed cello concertos and chamber works and has given numerous recitals. She also enjoys performing improvised music, creating music in the moment with others. Her newest project is The Celtic Cello, dedicated to bringing you the most beautiful Celtic melodies arranged for Cello.

Fairport Convention - Unhalfbricking (1969) Expanded Remastered Reissue 2003 [Re-Up]

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Fairport Convention - Unhalfbricking (1969) Expanded Remastered Reissue 2003 [Re-Up]

Fairport Convention - Unhalfbricking (1969)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 297 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 134 Mb | Scans included
Label: Island Remasters | # IMCD293 / 063 596-2 | Time: 00:48:18
British Folk Rock, Psychedelic, Progressive Folk

Unhalfbricking is the third album by British folk rock band Fairport Convention, released in 1969. It is seen as a transitional album in their history and marked a further musical move away from American influences towards more traditional English folk songs that had begun on their previous album, What We Did On Our Holidays and arguably reached its peak on the follow-up, Liege & Lief, released later the same year. In 2004 Q magazine placed Unhalfbricking at number 41 in its list of the 50 Greatest British Albums Ever, and in the same year The Observer, describing it as "a thoroughly English masterpiece", listed it at number 27 in its Top 100 British Albums. The following year, 2005, it was included in Robert Dimery's "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die".

Secret Garden - Storyteller (2019)

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Secret Garden - Storyteller (2019)

Secret Garden - Storyteller (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 307 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 120 Mb | 00:51:55
New Age, Classical, Folk | Label: Universal Music

“Storyteller” is the tenth original album from the award-winning Norwegian-Irish act Secret Garden. Here, long-time musical partners Rolf Lovland and Fionnuala Sherry include three brand new songs with three distinct vocalists – ”Strength” (featuring Espen Grjotheim), ”Beautiful” (Brian Kennedy) and ”Sunshine” (Cathrine Iversen) sit alongside and complement the undeniably unique instrumental universe that has been charming global audiences for over 20 years, and earned the act 113 Platinum awards from multiple countries around the world.

Silly Sisters: Maddy Prior & June Tabor - No More To The Dance (1988) Reissue 2004

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Silly Sisters: Maddy Prior & June Tabor - No More To The Dance (1988) Reissue 2004

Silly Sisters: Maddy Prior & June Tabor - No More To The Dance (1988) Reissue 2004
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 238 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 140 Mb | Scans included
British Folk, Celtic, British Folk-Rock | Label: Topic | # TSCD450 | Time: 00:47:25

The first time June Tabor and Maddy Prior made a duo recording, it was released under their names and was entitled Silly Sisters. On this, their second album, Silly Sisters is the name of the group. Officially, it still consists of just Tabor and Prior, but most tracks also feature Breton guitarist Dan Ar Braz, Welsh harpist and keyboardist Huw Warren, and various other guests. As with their first album, the program is a winning mix of traditional and modern British folk music. An eerie and haunting arrangement of Andy Irvine's "Blood and Gold" is followed immediately by an almost African-sounding instrumental by Ar Braz; Tabor and Prior perform a brief a cappella "catch" by Henry Purcell entitled "Cakes and Ale"; and the traditional "Hedger and Ditcher" shows up in an arrangement that features both bagpipes and soprano saxophone. But interesting as things get instrumentally, Tabor and Prior's almost telepathic musicality and sharp, reedy voices are always at center stage, and the songs are always well served by the arrangements.

Wolfe Tones - 25th Anniversary (1989) 2CDs

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Wolfe Tones - 25th Anniversary (1989) 2CDs

Wolfe Tones - 25th Anniversary (1989) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 635 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 259 Mb | Scans included
Irish Rebel Folk, Celtic, Folk Pop | Label: Harmac | # HMCD 50 | Time: 01:51:17

Just as the title implies, 25 Years of Greatness is a career-spanning 32-track compilation covering most of the highlights of the Wolfe Tones' first quarter of a century. There is the important caveat, however, that like many folk groups, the Wolfe Tones have recorded many of their most popular songs several times, and this collection tends to favor more recent and/or more arranged versions of the Spartan originals that graced early albums like Let the People Sing. That's not as much of a problem as it would be with some groups, however, as the Wolfe Tones have wisely resisted any temptation to "update," "modernize," or otherwise ruin a traditional Irish folk style that has worked for them for so long; even the Fairport Convention-like electric track of the new "Rock On Rockall" has a bracingly traditional feel to it. This is the Wolfe Tones set to have if you're having just one, but there's plenty more where this came from.

Heidi Talbot - Distant Future (2004)

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Heidi Talbot - Distant Future (2004)

Heidi Talbot - Distant Future (2004)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 264 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 136 Mb
Scans Included | RAR 5% Recovery
Folk | Compass Records #7 4373 2

The stunning second album from Cherish the Ladies lead vocalist Heidi Talbot, "Distant Future" is a wondrously evocative collection poised at the intersection of Irish and American folk traditions. Working closely with remarkable guitarist/vocalist/producer John Doyle (ex-Solas, solo artist) and a cadre of musicians from both shores, Talbot has crafted an album of sublime beauty and enchanting subtlety. Blending traditional material with original songs from Talbot, Doyle, Boo Hewerdine, and others, "Distant Future" is a compelling step forward from an important young voice in Irish music.

Shaskeen - Irish Pub Session (2008) {Entertain Me Europe 74579}

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Shaskeen - Irish Pub Session (2008) {Entertain Me Europe 74579}

Shaskeen - Irish Pub Session (2008) {Entertain Me Europe 74579}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 241 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 90 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (png) -> 64 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2008 Entertain Me Europe Ltd. | 74579
Folk / Celtic / World / Irish Folk

Shaskeen is a musical group, based in Ireland, which performs Irish traditional music. It was formed in the 1970's and was still performing and recording here in 2019. The band celebrated 40 years on the road in 2010. You can believe the CD title right from the off and everybody in the whole world will know that this is Irish. A wee bit of volume and a wee sip of 'the black stuff' and you could have a street party. Great!

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.

Dervish - The Great Irish Songbook (2019)

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Dervish - The Great Irish Songbook (2019)

Dervish - The Great Irish Songbook (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 362 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 145 Mb | 01:03:14
Folk, Celtic, Singer-Songwriter | Label: Rounder Records

As one of the world’s most renowned and imaginative interpreters of Irish folk music, Dervish have devoted the last three decades to gently reinventing the traditional songs of their homeland. On their debut release for Rounder Records, the Sligo-based band join up with over a dozen luminaries across an eclectic range of genres.

Martin Carthy - Martin Carthy (1965) Reissue 1993

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Martin Carthy - Martin Carthy (1965) Reissue 1993

Martin Carthy - Martin Carthy (1965) Reissue 1993
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 194 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 93 Mb | Scans ~ 86 Mb
Genre: British Folk, Celtic | Label: Topic Records | # TSCD340 | Time: 00:40:31

Carthy's debut album rates a place alongside the album by Bob Dylan, as the debut work of a man who ultimately revolutionized folk music performance in England (Carthy is mentioned as an influence on the notes to Dylan's Freewheelin' album). This is Carthy's purest and simplest folk effort, an all-acoustic recording done in barely an afternoon that includes his version of "Scarborough Fair," awhich Paul Simon learned from Carthy (including the chords and changes from Carthy's arrangement) and transformed into a hit of his own. Also here is "Two Magicians," a song that later entered the repertory Steeleye Span, and "Lovely Joan," a folk song that is most familiar to classical listeners as the source of the counter-melody to Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Fantasia on Greensleeves." The playing and the interpretations are somewhat less ambitious and rather rougher than subsequent efforts, with Dave Swarbrick guesting on fiddle on about half the tracks, and Carthy's guitar covering all but the acapella tracks.