Must-haves

March 17, 2000|By J.D. Considine

Eight essential Irish albums: The Chieftains -- "The Chieftains Collection" (Claddagh/Atlantic 83224). The best of the landmark band's early years.

Derek Bell -- "Carolan's Receipt" (Claddagh/Atlantic 83282). A delicate and lyrical tribute to the great Irish harp composer Turlough O'Carolan, performed by Bell and other Chieftains.

Clannad -- "Fuaim" (Celtic Heartbeat 82481). Clannad started out traditional folk and evolved into pop. In this album, it draws on jazz and pop but staysclose to its Irish roots. (It features a teen-age Enya on keyboards).

Moving Hearts -- "The Storm" (Tara 3014). Most Celtic rock sounds like regular rock with pipes pasted on, but Moving Hearts comes across as a traditional band that just happens to know how to rock. A classic.

Dolores Keane & John Faulkner -- "Sail Og Rua" (Shanachie 78027). This collection of songs and reels backs Keane's gorgeous voice with some of Ireland's finest traditional instrumentalists.

Eileen Ivers -- "Eileen Ivers" (Green Linnet 1139). A veteran of "Riverdance," the Brooklyn-born Ivers is considered one of the finest Irish fiddlers around.

Altan -- "Island Angel" (Green Linnet 1137). Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh's warm, evocative singing and Frankie Kennedy's agile, melancholy fiddle playing is used to great effect here.

Afro Celt Sound System -- "Afro Celt Sound System" (Real World 62359). What makes this blend of Irish, African and dance music so much fun is that every performance is based on songs, not riffs.

Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.