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Alan Simon - Excalibur II: The Celtic Ring (2007) {2018, Reissue}

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Alan Simon - Excalibur II: The Celtic Ring (2007) {2018, Reissue}

Alan Simon - Excalibur II: The Celtic Ring (2007) {2018, Reissue}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 400 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 143 Mb
Full Scans ~ 260 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
Celtic, Folk Rock, Progressive Rock, Rock Opera | Babaika Productions #Excal-2-CD

Alan Simon is a French folk-rock musician and composer, best known for his rock operas performed with noted rock musicians guesting. Simon is associated with Breton Celticism, and his most ambitious works are typically on themes linked to Celtic myth and history. Simon achieved fame with his rock opera Excalibur, La Légende des Celtes (Excalibur, The Legend of the Celts) (Sony) in 1999, of which he was both songwriter and producer. In 2007 Simon released the second part of Excalibur, Excalibur II, l'anneau des Celtes ("Excalibur II: The Celtic Ring") with contributions from Jon Anderson (Yes), Alan Parsons, Barclay James Harvest, Maddy Prior, Jacqui McShee, John Wetton (King Crimson / Asia), Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues), Flook, Karan Casey, Fairport Convention, Andreas Vollenweider and Martin Barre. The second part creates a mytho-history of the time before Arthur, describing the birth of Merlin after the loss of the happy land of Anwynn, portrayed as a physical fusion of Britain and Ireland.

Mark Knopfler - Tracker (2015) Deluxe Edition [Re-Up]

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Mark Knopfler - Tracker (2015) Deluxe Edition [Re-Up]

Mark Knopfler - Tracker (2015) Deluxe Edition
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 413 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 171 Mb | Scans ~ 256 Mb
Rock, Folk-Rock, Folk, Country | Label: Mercury | # 4716979 | Time: 01:14:55

Scaled smaller than 2012's double-album Privateering, Tracker also feels suitably subtle, easing its way into being instead of announcing itself with a thunder. Such understatement is typical of Mark Knopfler, particularly in the third act of his career. When he left Dire Straits behind, he also left behind any semblance of playing for the cheap seats in an arena, but Tracker feels quieter than his new millennial norm. Some of this is due to the undercurrent of reflection tugging at the record's momentum. Knopfler isn't pining for the past but he is looking back, sometimes wistfully, sometimes with a resigned smile, and he appropriately draws upon sounds that he's long loved. Usually, this means some variation of pub rock – the languid ballad "River Towns," the lazy shuffle "Skydiver," the two-chord groove of "Broken Bones" – but this is merely the foundation from which Knopfler threads in a fair amount of olde British folk and other roots digressions. This delicate melancholy complements echoes of older Knopfler songs – significant stretches of the record are reminiscent of the moodier aspects of Brothers in Arms, while "Beryl" has just a bit of the "Sultans of Swing" bounce – and this skillful interweaving of Knopfler's personal past helps give Tracker a nicely gentle resonance.

Tim Hart and Maddy Prior - Folk Songs of Olde England, Vol. 1 (1968) Reissue 1991

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Tim Hart and Maddy Prior - Folk Songs of Olde England, Vol. 1 (1968) Reissue 1991

Tim Hart and Maddy Prior - Folk Songs of Olde England, Vol. 1 (1968)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 169 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 111 Mb | Scans included
British Folk, Celtic | Label: Mooncrest | # CRESTCD 006 | Time: 00:37:39

The first album by the trad folk duo of Tim Hart and Maddy Prior, Folk Songs of Olde England, Vol. 1, is as interesting for what came of it as for what it is. This album, recorded in 1968, led directly to the formation of Steeleye Span, whose early albums were an electrified variation on this album's traditional acoustic British folk-rock. It could also be argued that Hart and Prior's example was influential in Fairport Convention's decision to move from a California-style folk-rock sound into something more uniquely British. In light of what came after, Folk Songs of Olde England, Vol. 1 sounds a bit tentative and at times slightly twee (Prior's voice has not quite matured into the rich, expressive instrument it would soon become), but on their own merits, these sensitive renditions of traditional British folk favorites like "Maid That's Deep in Love" or "A Wager a Wager" are respectful of tradition but not bound to it, performed with an infectious enthusiasm quite similar to what the Young Tradition were doing around the same period.

Eliza Carthy - Rough Music (2005)

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Eliza Carthy - Rough Music (2005)

Eliza Carthy - Rough Music (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 272 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 116 Mb | Covers included
British Folk, Celtic | Label: Topic | # TSCD554 | Time: 00:50:04

Eliza Carthy officially inherits the British folk crown from her parents with the willfully traditional Rough Music. Described in the liner notes as "a form of community punishment practiced all over England" (basically a public beating for a heinous social crime), Rough Music sounds like a lost pre-percussion Steeleye Span record filtered through A.L. Lloyd's whaling collection Leviathan! Carthy's strong fiddling and powerful vocals – she really is beginning to surpass Norma – are ably enhanced by the chiseled performance of her backing band, the Ratcatchers. Together they celebrate longstanding English traditions like public execution ("Turpin Hero"), syphilis ("The Unfortunate Lass"), and alcohol ("Tom Brown") with equal parts reverence, earnestness, and mischief. Primarily arranged for violin, viola, double bass, and melodeon, Rough Music also features lovely a cappella cuts like "Maid on the Shore" and enough fiery instrumentals to keep your feet on the cobblestones during the long walk home from the pub. In fact, there's not a moment on Rough Music that isn't essential listening. Highly recommended.

Dave Swarbrick - Swarb! Forty Five Years of Folk's Finest Fiddler (2003) 4 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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Dave Swarbrick - Swarb! Forty Five Years of Folk's Finest Fiddler (2003) 4 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Dave Swarbrick - Swarb! Forty Five Years of Folk's Finest Fiddler (2003) 4 CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.4 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 725 Mb | Scans included
British Folk, British Folk-Rock, Traditional Celtic | Label: Free Reed | # FRCD 41-44 | Time: 05:08:51

This lavishly packaged, authoritatively researched 4CD long-box set is the first in-depth anthology of the music and 45-year career of Dave Swarbrick, one of Britain's best loved and most influential folk fiddle players. The 73 tracks (over five hours of music) stretch from Swarb's earliest recordings to his latest, including selections from every duo, band and session line-up he has been involved in, legendary 'lost' recordings, and out-takes and alternate takes from all of his key albums. Among the many individuals and groups he has performed with are Ewan MacColl, the Ian Campbell Folk Group, Martin Carthy, Fairport Convention, Beryl Marriott, Richard & Linda Thompson, Whippersnapper, Eureka and Band Of Hope, all featured here along with other well know names from the British folk music scene. The definitive tribute to one of the great names of British folk music.

Alan Simon - Excalibur I: The Legend Of The Celts (1998) {2018, Reissue}

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Alan Simon - Excalibur I: The Legend Of The Celts (1998) {2018, Reissue}

Alan Simon - Excalibur I: The Legend Of The Celts (1998) {2018, Reissue}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 385 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 132 Mb
Full Scans ~ 174 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
Folk, Celtic, Folk Rock, Progressive Rock, Rock Opera | Babaika Productions #Excal-1-CD

Alan Simon is a French folk-rock musician and composer, best known for his rock operas performed with noted rock musicians guesting. Simon is associated with Breton Celticism, and his most ambitious works are typically on themes linked to Celtic myth and history. Simon achieved fame with his rock opera Excalibur, La Légende des Celtes (Excalibur, The Legend of the Celts) (Sony) in 1999, of which he was both songwriter and producer. The first part of an intended trilogy, Excalibur blended musical styles and was performed by Roger Hodgson (ex-Supertramp), Fairport Convention, Dan Ar Braz, Tri Yann, Angelo Branduardi, Didier Lockwood and Gabriel Yacoub. Within weeks, the album went top 10 and gold in France. Five concert performances took place between October 1999 and June 2000, including one at Paris-Bercy.

Dagda - Celtic Trance (1999)

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Dagda - Celtic Trance (1999)

Dagda - Celtic Trance (1999)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 304 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 155 Mb
Full Scans | RAR 5% Recovery
Electronic / Tribal / Ambient / New Age / Downtempo / Celtic
PARAS Recording Company #PRC 1100-2

Celtic Trance presents a warm, fuzzy mixture of Celtic musical streams with trance and ambient, meaning a lot of swirling synth pads, soft drums, Irish whistles, and sampled instruments with some vocals thrown in for good measure. This particular production is likely to remind some listeners of Enigma, while others may think of Jean-Michel Jarre, though it does carve out its own identity along the way, heavy breathing effects and all. It's also highly functional as a tool for relaxation – not an album recommended for playing on long road journeys, certainly.

Albion Country Band - Battle Of The Field (1976) Remastered Reissue 1997

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Albion Country Band - Battle Of The Field (1976) Remastered Reissue 1997

Albion Country Band - Battle Of The Field (1976) Remastered Reissue 1997
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 224 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 87 Mb | Covers included
British Folk, British Folk-Rock, Celtic | Label: BGO | # BGOCD354 | 00:36:48

Battle of the Field was recorded by the Albion Country Band in 1973, but it wasn't released until 1976. The delay didn't really matter, since the group's music – traditional English folk played on electric instruments – is essentially timeless. The group wasn't quite as skilled as Fairport Convention, but they were nevertheless extraordinarily talented, and this arguably remains their finest moment.

Horslips - Albums Collection 1972-1976 (4CD) Japanese Reissue 2008

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Horslips - Albums Collection 1972-1976 (4CD) Japanese Reissue 2008

Horslips - Albums Collection 1972-1976 (4CD) Japanese Reissue 2008
EAC | FLAC | Image/Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.17 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 420 Mb | Scans included
Genre: British Folk-Rock, Celtic Rock, Prog-Rock | Time: 02:46:51

At one point in the mid-'70s, Horslips seemed poised to become Ireland's answer to Steeleye Span. But they also had a shot at being the next Jethro Tull (only a better hard rock outfit), or maybe Genesis, or even Yes in their folkier moments. Those events never quite happened, but Horslips released half-a-dozen superb albums along the way, becoming Ireland's most acclaimed folk-rock and progressive band. Collection includes: Happy to Meet, Sorry to Part (1972); The Táin (1973); Drive The Cold Winter Away (1975); The Book of Invasions: A Celtic Symphony (1976).

VA - Celtic Christmas (2007) {LaserLight Digital} **[RE-UP]**

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VA - Celtic Christmas (2007) {LaserLight Digital} **[RE-UP]**

VA - Celtic Christmas (2007) {LaserLight Digital}
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and log | scans | 383 mb
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 154 mb
Genre: Christmas, Celtic

This is a compilation CD of Celtic versions of Christmas songs called Celtic Christmas. This version was released in 2007 by LaserLight Digital and is essentially a collaboration disc between Chaire Hamilton and Toot Sweet.

VA - Best Of Welsh Choirs (2019)

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VA - Best Of Welsh Choirs (2019)

VA - Best Of Welsh Choirs (2019)
FLAC tracks / MP3 320 kbps | 55:55 | 125 Mb / 251 Mb
Genre: Folk / Label: ARC

This new release features a varied collection of beautiful music from Welsh choirs, both a cappella and with instrumental accompaniments. This album presents a wide repertoire, covering three decades of choirs formed in Wales from 1986 to the present day. With well-known traditional classics, sacred music and fresh approaches to choir singing with modernized arrangements of traditional songs, this album is a shining example of choral talent in Wales. Featured ensembles include Cor Eifionydd, Bois y Castell, Cor y Wiber, Cow Meibion Machynlleth, and more.

The Cranberries - Wake Up And Smell The Coffee (2001) [Re-Up]

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The Cranberries - Wake Up And Smell The Coffee (2001) [Re-Up]

The Cranberries - Wake Up And Smell The Coffee (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 458 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Scans included
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Celtic Rock | Label: MCA | # 088 112 739-2 | 00:47:17

The second half of the '90s was difficult for the Cranberries, not just because of changing fashions, but because the group embraced both a social consciousness and a prog rock infatuation, crystallized by the Storm Thorgerson cover of Bury the Hatchet. Thorgerson has been retained for their fifth effort, Wake Up and Smell the Coffee, but the group has hardly pursued the indulgent tendencies of their previous collaboration with him – instead, they've re-teamed with producer Stephen Street and come up with an album that's as reminiscent of their debut as anything they've done since. So, even if it's wrapped in new clothing, this is essentially a return to basics, and it's a welcome one, since it's melodic, stately, and somber – perhaps not with the post-Sundays grace of "Linger," but with a dogged sense of decorum that keeps not just the group's musical excesses in check, but also O'Riordan's political polemics (although she still sneaks in cringe-inducing lines like "Looks like we've screwed up the ozone layer/I wonder if the politicians care").

The Watersons - The Definitive Collection (2003)

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The Watersons - The Definitive Collection (2003)

The Watersons - The Definitive Collection (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 311 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Scans included
British Folk, Vocal Folk | Label: Highpoint | # HPO 6004 | Time: 01:03:52

In the wake of the recent, superb box set, it's hard to imagine a single disc being definitive of one of Britain's great folk singing groups. At best, you can touch on their different facets and legacy. But Definitive Collection actually does a splendid job. There are the hymns, the traditional songs, and some of the permutations (Lal and Norma, Mike, even the late Peter Bellamy), as well as tracks by Waterson:Carthy and Blue Murder, who carry on the flame of the original Watersons in many ways (especially Blue Murder, which is essentially Waterson:Carthy plus Barry Coope, Jim Boyes and Lester Simpson). The tracks are from their "Topic" albums (which means, because of licensing, nothing from the original, wonderful Bright Phoebus release is here), but all of those that are here are wonderful, and sung with such naturalness that they epitomize what folk singing should be about. There's no sense of premeditation about their performances. This is simply who they are, and their way of expressing themselves. It's not Mighty River of Song, which really is definitive, but as an introduction to the Watersons, and an overview of their massive achievements in folk music, this works excellently.

June Tabor - Always (2005) 4CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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June Tabor - Always (2005) 4CD Box Set [Re-Up]

June Tabor - Always (2005) 4CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.35 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 729 Mb | Scans ~ 148 Mb | 04:53:49
British Folk, Folk-Rock, Celtic | Label: Topic | # TSFCD4003, TSCD558-561

June Tabor is not just one of England's foremost folk singers, but one of the greatest interpretive singers in any field. This set contains key tracks from all parts of her career, many live and unreleased songs and collaborations with, among others, Maddy Prior, The Oyser Band and Martin Simpson. It is subtly lavish, 4 CDs in a long box format (6'' x 12'') with a 48 page full color booklet including historical photographs, a biographical essay and comprehensive notes on the songs. There are 67 tracks, 32 of which are previously unreleased - almost 5 hours of music. The whole package is much more than just a career retrospective, it is a fitting tribute to one of the great singers of our time.

Andrea Corr - Lifelines (2011)

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Andrea Corr - Lifelines (2011)

Andrea Corr - Lifelines (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 254 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 100 Mb | Scans included
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Folk | Label: AC Records | # ACR001CD | 00:42:08

Lifelines is the second studio album by Andrea Corr (lead singer of the Celtic folk rock and pop rock group The Corrs). The album consists of covers of songs by The Velvet Underground, Kirsty MacColl, Harry Nilsson, Ron Sexsmith, Nick Drake, The Blue Nile and others.