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Celtic Dreamland

Celtic Dreamland

Spring 2008 Music
Ages: All Ages
Producer: Putumayo Kids
CD Price: $14.98
Review:
This lovely collection of soothing Celtic music draws from Scotland, Ireland and Canada. While the majority of the songs were not written specifically for kids, the compilers of this CD have collected ten tracks that are quiet, gentle and perfect for young children. Many of the tracks are sung in regional dialects of Gaelic, and the CD's opening track "Casadh an tSúgáin" sung by Lasairfhíona Ni Chonaola from the Aran Islands is a soft, lilting song. "Dream Angus" by Teresa Doyle from Prince Edward Island is from her Cradle on the Waves lullaby album and features a stunning children's chorus. Scotland's singer laureate Dougie MacLean sings his soothing "Goodnight and Joy " based on a Robert Burns poem, and Karen Matheson (of the Scottish group Capercaillie) performs a 16th century song called "An Fhideag Airgid"; one she learned as a child. Elsewhere, Irish harper Áine Minogue performs the original composition "The Dove's Return" inspired by memories of children playing street games, while Nova Scotian singer Mary Jane Lamond sings a traditional lullaby from Scotland. Great voices abound; from Mairi Macinnes' sweet tenor to Susan Mckeown's full resonant instrument, and musicians the caliber of Seamus Egan (leader of the group Solas) and the duo The Cast bring clear and rich instrumentation to the mix. As with all Putumayo releases, the musicianship is impeccable, the production is top notch, and in a beautifully designed booklet, extensive liner notes are translated in four languages.
Lahri Bond   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.

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