Celtic Crossroads

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All Music Guide - Dave Sleger
To their credit, when Narada decided to dabble in Celtic music, they went with the "reel" thing, not an ethereal, synthesized version designed to appease an otherwise disinterested audience. Though willing to experiment and incorporate new elements into his music, accordionist John Whelan is not about compromise either. Yes, the production is slick, and yes, there's little spontaneity in these tracks, but Whelan's soulfulness and superb musicianship cannot be overlooked. Stars abound, including Jerry Douglas, Johnny Cunningham, Kathy Mattea, multi-instrumentalist Seamus Egan, and Whelan's Kips Bay cohort Pat Kilbride, who plays cittern and guitar. Whelan declares Kilbride ...
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All Music Guide - Dave Sleger
To their credit, when Narada decided to dabble in Celtic music, they went with the "reel" thing, not an ethereal, synthesized version designed to appease an otherwise disinterested audience. Though willing to experiment and incorporate new elements into his music, accordionist John Whelan is not about compromise either. Yes, the production is slick, and yes, there's little spontaneity in these tracks, but Whelan's soulfulness and superb musicianship cannot be overlooked. Stars abound, including Jerry Douglas, Johnny Cunningham, Kathy Mattea, multi-instrumentalist Seamus Egan, and Whelan's Kips Bay cohort Pat Kilbride, who plays cittern and guitar. Whelan declares Kilbride to be the best accompanist he's ever played with. Kilbride, along with percussionist John Ballestero, creates an eerie and metronomic effect on "Mabel Ruddy's/Windy Gap." Whelan is perhaps without peer when it comes to delivering a melody on accordion; his style is generally of a cheerful and uptempo nature. On Celtic Crossroads, there are just enough doses of the sweet, sorrowful and haunting to yield an emotionally well-rounded listen. The combination of styles and textures is best exemplified on the Tommy Sands classic "There Were Roses," clearly an Irish song although Douglas' dobro and Mattea's vocals give it an American flavor. The backdrop of fiddle and pipes bring the song safely back home again to Ireland. Such a pattern is reflective of Whelan's own experience as an Irishman living in the U.S., playing music influenced by his native homeland.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/1997
  • Label: Narada
  • UPC: 083616106021
  • Catalog Number: 61060

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Riverboat Set: Denis Dillon's Square Dance Polka/Dancing on the River - John Whelen (4:47)
  2. 2 Jigs: Mabel Ruddy's/The Windy Gap - John Whelen (4:43)
  3. 3 Skimming the Surface - John Whelen (5:05)
  4. 4 Ceol Nanolag - John Whelen (2:57)
  5. 5 There Were Roses - John Whelen (6:08)
  6. 6 Beautiful Blackwater/Maggie K's - John Whelen (4:47)
  7. 7 Father Maroney's/95 South/Granny Barnes' - John Whelen (3:18)
  8. 8 Chams Elysées - John Whelen (3:22)
  9. 9 The Balkans - John Whelen (3:32)
  10. 10 Grosse Ile - John Whelen (3:48)
  11. 11 Ian's Return to Ireland, Yanik's, Denis Whelan's - John Whelen (4:19)
  12. 12 The Flower of Magherally - John Whelen (3:33)
  13. 13 Passage of Time - John Whelen (5:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Whelan Primary Artist, Accordion, Vocals
Jerry Douglas Dobro
Seamus Egan Flute, Guitar, Mandolin, Whistle (Instrument), tin whistle, Low Whistle
Pat Kilbride Guitar, Cittern
Kathy Mattea Vocals, Track Performer
Johnny Cunningham Fiddle
Lisa Gutkin Fiddle, Violin, Octave Violin
Kinny Landrum Conductor, Keyboards
Tim O'Brien Mandolin
Jerry O'Sullivan Whistle (Instrument), uillean pipes, tin whistle
Lincoln Schleifer Bass
Mary Wooten Cello
Winifred Horan Fiddle
Mary McLaughlin Vocals, Track Performer
John Ballesteros Percussion
Todd Reynolds Violin
Liz Knowles Fiddle, Violin
John Whelen Track Performer
Ron Lawrence Viola, Alto Clarinet
Technical Credits
Chris Andersen Engineer
Kinny Landrum String Arrangements
Trevor Sadler Mastering
Arthur Stoppe Engineer
Bil VornDick Engineer
John Whelan Arranger, Producer
Mary McLaughlin Arranger
Michael Sullivan Executive Producer
Sirius String Quartet Contributor
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