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Album Review

When the members of the Celtic Fiddle Festival convened in Rhode Island to make their third disc (and first studio album), the magic flew. Kevin Burke represents the Irish tradition, Johnny Cunningham the Scottish, and Christian LeMaître the Breton. Together they've made marvelous music for a number of years, and recorded two live albums, but this offers them a broader scope. With House Band guitarist Ged Foley offering support, their approach is defined by the first track, an interpretation of "O'Carolan's Concerto," by the great blind Irish harpist Turlough O'Carolan. It's stately but sprightly, and ornate without ever going over the top. Above all, it's a demonstration of taste (these men have no need to show their ability, since it's obvious), which is there throughout the record, whether on "The Graf Spee" set or the delicate "Cam Ye By Atholl." This definitely isn't "session" music, but something more thoughtful and weighty — three masters combining to shine a light on the tunes themselves, and illustrate the similarities and connections among the parts of the Celtic diaspora. One player melds seamlessly into another, and the music speaks beautifully and eloquently throughout.

Customer Reviews


This album (especially Skye Boat Song) honestly takes the cake for the most amazing Celtic music I've ever heard.

Avid Celtic Music convert

It sounds phony to continue to say "great or superb" so much. But, if you are a fan of Celtic music and have heard these artists perform, you can believe... The Studio performances are crisp and clear and don't lose a bit of heart or character when compared to the live albums. If you want a collection of celtic Music, you would do well to start here.


Genre: World

Years Active: '00s

The Celtic Fiddle Festival is actually a trio of musicians, not a musical gathering. The misleading name arose from the group's origins, when three dazzling Celtic fiddlers joined forces for what was meant to be a one-time U.S. tour in 1992. Their sold-out performances were recorded for Green Linnet, with resulting album sales so successful that the trio of fiddlers repeated their tour two years later. Members of the group are Scotsman Johnny Cunningham, Irishman Kevin Burke, and Frenchman Christian...
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