New Celtic CDs from Martin Tourish, Runa, Crawford Brother’s Eoin Duignan, Flashpoint, Highland Reign

Here’s another great week of new Celtic CDs. Both Highland Reign and Flashpoint were featured on our award-winning Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. Some of those other albums sound like gems too. Give ‘em al isten.

Flashpoint - A Timely Misadventure

Under a Red Sky Night
by Martin Tourish
The long awaited album of new compositions in the Celtic/ Irish traditional style featuring virtuosic, colorful arrangements that mirror the Donegal hills for their peaks and glens. Complimented by a stellar cast of some of Ireland’s best known artists.
Genre: World: Celtic
Release Date: 2014

Somewhere Along the Road
by Runa
Innovative and award-winning Celtic Roots Music
Genre: Folk: Contemporary Celtic
Release Date: 2012

Murphy and the Devil
by Crawford Brother’s
Traditional Celtic music and Original Music with a Traditional Celtic sound
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
Release Date: 2014

Pagan Irish
by Eoin Duignan
Paga Irish is a musical interpretation of the Fianníocht story Cath Finntrágha which dates back to the 12th century using mostly original tunes, two tunes from the Goodman collection and a few traditional tunes.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
Release Date: 2014

A Timely Misadventure
by Flashpoint
EP of rockin’ Irish tunes by the hottest young Celtic band to come out of Dallas.
Genre: Folk: Irish Contemporary
Release Date: 2014

Live At the Thomas Family Winery
by Highland Reign
Scots-American Progressive Folk Rock!! This album was recorded live at the Thomas Family Winery in Madison Indiana! Highland Reign always has an awesome crowd at the Winery!! Bagpipes, Guitar, Fiddle and Bodhran!!
Genre: World: Celtic
Release Date: 2013

Marc Gunn is a rhythm and folk musician inspired by Celtic culture, science fiction, fantasy, and cats. He breathes new life into the autoharp, which continues to surprise musical veterans and fans a like for it’s unique sound and spirited energy. It’s like a satirical jam session between The Clancy Brothers and Weird Al Yankovic. It’s Celtic music, the traditional and the twisted.  He is the Chief Editor of the Celtic Music Magazine and host of the award-winning Irish & Celtic Music Podcast.

“First Highland Watch” by First Highland Watch

“First Highland Watch” by First Highland Watch

Bagpipe Rock? That’s an obvious question! And one answer to it is definitely First Highland Watch.

They hail from Philly – and consist of three competition pipers (who have competed on the East Coast, Canada, and Scotland) and a fantastic rock trio.  It was cool to learn that, together they’ve rocked some big events, including the Washington Crossing Brew Fest (2,500 in attendance!) and a Philadelphia Union Soccer Game.

Now, to the album. I’m a huge bagpipe fan, first of all. And if you’ve gotten this far, chances are, you are too. I’ll start with UAF, a rousing instrumental to get things started. This one gets you into sure fire anthem Battle of Culloden, I feel like I can hear this one at a sporting event to get a crowd going. Go, fight, win guys!  My favorite might have to be Hag of the Mist. While my favorite band might be Queen, this one reminds me of early Metallica, another band I really love – can I even hear some Sabbath and Dio influences in there? This one grows on me with every listen. In fact, the whole album grows on me with each listen! Of course, don’t forget to check out Irish Paddy, Midnight Ramble, and O’Neill’s in Temple Bar. None of the songs disappoint.

While most the songs are originals, their covers of Amazing Grace, I’m Shipping Up to Boston, and Back Home in Derry definitely rock it. You can hear their skill in I’m Shipping Up to Boston, as it enters a short musical interlude. I even hear a Reggae beat in their Amazing Grace. Nice one, guys.

In all, I don’t think I’d miss an opportunity to see these guys if it came up. Sounds like they’d bring the rock to whatever venue they’d perform in, whether in a bar, or say for that 2,500 in attendance. Check this album out, and thank me later.

They can be found on both Facebook and www.firsthighlandwatch.com

Romana Guillotte is an MFA Screenwriting Candidate at UNLV and a terribly average cellist. In addition to writing reviews the Celtic Music Magazine, she moonlights as a barista and writes short stories. She managed to self-publish her first novel “Lydia’s Family” back in ’06.

New Celtic CDs from Coracree, The Doll Sisters, Feistunes, Kathleen Boyle, Gerry O’Conoor

Here’s part two of this weeks awesome new Celtic CDs that I found on CD Baby this past week. Normally, I look up albums on Wednesday and post an update, but this week I had a LOT of great music. I just had to share it with you.
Feistunes - Sweets for your Feet

Dancing in the Sky
by Coracree
An upbeat blend of traditional Celtic, old time, European and original music for dancing and singing – sometimes both at once!
Genre: Folk: Contra Dance
Release Date: 2013

Off the Edge of the Earth
by The Doll Sisters
The second musical offering from this fiery Celtic Americana duo is surprising, addictive, and fierce.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
Release Date: 2014

Sweets for Your Feet
by Feistunes
The first collection of Irish Dancing music by FeisTunes.com, featuring Cormac Ó Sé & Brian O’Sullivan.
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
Release Date: 2013

An Cailín Rua
by Kathleen Boyle
Solo album by Glasgow accordionist & pianist Kathleen Boyle (of Cherish the Ladies) featuring vocals of Julie Fowlis & Heidi Talbot along with guest musicians on flute, fiddle, bodhran, guitar, bazouki & bass. Showcasing traditional & new compositions.
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
Release Date: 2008

Journeyman
by Gerry O’Connor
Irish Traditional fiddle playing at it’s best ! a varied album of reels, highlands, jigs , and two haunting slow airs
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
Release Date: 2009

Marc Gunn is a rhythm and folk musician inspired by Celtic culture, science fiction, fantasy, and cats.  It’s like a satirical jam session between The Clancy Brothers and Weird Al Yankovic. He is also host of the award-winning Irish & Celtic Music Podcast and runs his very own Celtic Music CD StoreHe is the Chief Editor of the Celtic Music Magazine since he started publishing it in 2000.

New Shilling – Celtic Music Spotlight

Today’s Spotlight is on New Shilling (get a free MP3), a Celtic band from Portland, Oregon, who exemplify the Celtic American sound from this live recording.

You can follow the link above to get a free Celtic MP3 courtesy of the Celtic Music Magazine, the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast, and of course, New Shilling.

Today’s resource is Irish Song Lyrics, a website I created to help you learn Irish and Celtic songs the way I do, by ear. You’ll find not only song lyrics to some of the most-popular traditional Irish and Celtic songs in the world, plus chords, and songs that you can listen to and even download for free.

 

Marc Gunn is a rhythm and folk musician inspired by Celtic culture, science fiction, fantasy, and cats. It’s like a satirical jam session between The Clancy Brothers and Weird Al Yankovic. Gunn hosts the award-winning Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. He is Chief Editor of the Celtic Music Magazine. Find out more at www.celticmp3s.com.  Check out Gunn’s St. Patrick’s Day playlist on YouTube featuring music from his latest CD. His Best Irish Drinking Songs compilation is a chart-topping sensation.

New CDs from Cabar Feidh, Carroll Brown, Supersonic Tartan Death Machine, The Sound of Sleat and Squidjigger

Once a week, I like to bring you four or five albums that are newly released on CD Baby. This week, I found a BUNCH of awesome new Celtic music. So I decided to split the new CDs feature into two. There’s some great music. Don’t miss it!

Carroll Brown - Closer to the Top of the World

Cabar Fèidh
by Dingwall Gaelic Choir
For 60 years the Dingwall Gaelic Choir have been delighting audiences with their authentic and thoughtfully chosen repertoire. This latest recording will only serve to cement their reputation as a shining light in the world of choral music in Scotland.
Genre: World: Celtic
Release Date: 2014

Closer to the Top of the World
by Carroll Brown
Another great album of Irish music. Acoustic style, some traditional, popular and original songs.
Genre: World: Celtic
Release Date: 2013

And the Sheep Shall Inherit the Earth… By Force
by Supersonic Tartan Death Machine
This Electro-Celtic/Alt-Rock Concept Album depicts a dystopian, futuristic world where humanity is taken to its limits by a massive army of ruminants. Yes, the SHEEP have risen, led by the nefarious “General Scrapie”, and they are taking over the world!
Genre: World: Celtic
Release Date: 2014

The Sound of Sleat
by The Sound of Sleat
The sound of the rich blend of ancient instruments in these seasoned musicians’ hands, captures the vibrancy, subtlety, and excitement of Celtic music. Original and imaginative interpretations of traditional Irish and Scottish tunes and songs.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
Release Date: 2013

Seven-Year Itch
by Squidjigger
The vibrant, eclectic debut album from this irreverent Canadian trio. Includes reinvigorated celtic trad tunes, boisterous pop, and even a bit of raise-the-roof rock. Insert disc, play, repeat as needed.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
Release Date: 2010

Marc Gunn is a rhythm and folk musician inspired by Celtic culture, science fiction, fantasy, and cats. He breathes new life into the autoharp, which continues to surprise musical veterans and fans a like for it’s unique sound and spirited energy. It’s like a satirical jam session between The Clancy Brothers and Weird Al Yankovic. It’s Celtic music, the traditional and the twisted.  He is the Chief Editor of the Celtic Music Magazine and host of the award-winning Irish & Celtic Music Podcast.