The Celtic Music Fan | April 30th, 2010

Review – Putumayos’s Celtic Crossroads Gaelic Culture in Cape Breton by The Celtic Music Fan

Whether you are listening to headphones or theater speakers, the production quality of Putumayos’s Celtic Crossroads will satisfy both formats. The good thing about these compilation as well as the rest that’s been floating around is that they introduce us to popular as well as unheard of artists. These albums are teasers on what to expect if you get into these unique acts…par ..par For instance, the first track Parting Glass from Emmer Kelly is head turning; with a voice that is breathy and ethereal as well. Capercaillie’s Hoirean O also made a surprising addition to the mix. Rough energetic styles like Keltik Elektrik’s Wild Mountain Thyme, Peatbog Faeries’ Captain Cou and Ashley McIsaac’s To America(with Mary Jane Lammond on vocals) spar well with Cara Dillon’s diaphanous alternative folk She’s Like the Swallow.Then, there’s Mick McAuley’s luminous track The House Carpenter. Still other known acts like Sinead O’Connor performing Her Mantle is stunning. Alan Stivell’s E Kreiz Hag En makes you long for more Breton music . Gwenno’s ethereal scruffy vocals on Tryweryn makes you wish for a full length album. Michael McGodrick’s Sully’s is a testament to Celtic music’s ability to fuse with other styles and genre yet making it still distinctively world music. This is a must have for those who like their Celtic music a bit of something else and totally familiar. Tracklist: Emer Kenny – Parting Glass Capercaillie – Hoireann O Keltik Elektrik – Wild Mountain Thyme Michael McGoldrick – Sully’s No.37/Lucy’s Reel Gwenno – Tryweryn Mick McAuley – The House Carpenter Cara Dillon – She’s Like the Swallow Alan Stivell – E Kreiz Hag Endro Sinéad O’Conner – Her Mantle So Green Peatbog Faeries – Captain Coull’s Parrot Ashley MacIsaac featuring Mary Jane Lamond – To America We Go Source: http://celticmusicfan.wordpress.com/2010/04/27/gaelic-culture-in-cape-breton/