Her Infinite Variety: Celtic Women in Music & Song

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Part of what makes this two-disc set so great is the fact that it lists for the price of a single disc say what you like about quality trumping quantity- for fifteen bucks you ought to expect some quantity. But the other part of what makes this album a solid winner is, in fact, the consistently high quality it maintains throughout its 30 tracks. There are simply no clunkers here: it opens strongly with the sweet and melancholy "Ready for the Storm" by Deanta, followed immediately by a set of sprightly barn dances by the formidable American band Cherish the Ladies. And the album proceeds from strength to strength. There are particular high points: Niamh Parsons and Fran ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Part of what makes this two-disc set so great is the fact that it lists for the price of a single disc say what you like about quality trumping quantity- for fifteen bucks you ought to expect some quantity. But the other part of what makes this album a solid winner is, in fact, the consistently high quality it maintains throughout its 30 tracks. There are simply no clunkers here: it opens strongly with the sweet and melancholy "Ready for the Storm" by Deanta, followed immediately by a set of sprightly barn dances by the formidable American band Cherish the Ladies. And the album proceeds from strength to strength. There are particular high points: Niamh Parsons and Fran McPhail deliver a hair-raisingly beautiful rendition of a Tom Waits ! composition called "The Briar and the Rose," June Tabor makes her typical gritty magic with the superb accompaniment of Martin Simpson on "Unicorns," and Capercaillie delivers "Soraidh Bhuam gu Barraidh" in a glow of ethereal wonder. If it makes you feel extra good to know that the performers here are primarily women, great, but the fact that this album has gender promotion as its partial goal, is, frankly, largely irrelevant to the musical experience. Which is spectacular.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/1998
  • Label: Green Linnet
  • UPC: 048248010726
  • Catalog Number: 480107

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Altan Track Performer
Kevin Burke Fiddle
Capercaillie Track Performer
Liz Carroll Fiddle, Track Performer
Cherish the Ladies Track Performer
Dónal Lunny Bass, Bouzouki, Keyboards, Bodhran
Billy McComiskey Accordion
Sìleas Track Performer
June Tabor Bass, Track Performer
Martin Simpson Guitar, Track Performer
Touchstone Track Performer
Frankie Kennedy Fiddle, Whistle (Instrument)
Relativity Track Performer
Patsy Seddon Harp, Vocals
Carla Sciaky Fiddle, Conductor, Vocals, Track Performer
Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill Synthesizer, Clarinet, Vocals
Niamh Parsons Vocals, Track Performer
Déanta Track Performer
Daíthí Sproule Guitar
Aiofe Clancy Guitar, Vocals
Eileen Ivers Fiddle, Track Performer
Sharon Shannon Accordion, Track Performer
Open House Track Performer
Dave Bristow Synthesizer, Piano
Mary Coogan Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin
Johnny Cunningham Fiddle
Ciarán Curran Bouzouki, Guitar
Mícheál Ó Domhnaill Guitar, Keyboards
Gabriel Donohue Bouzouki
Marc Duff Synthesizer, Recorder, Whistle (Instrument), Bodhran
Dave Early Percussion
Mark Graham Clarinet
Graham Henderson Hammond Organ
Trevor Hutchinson Bass
Mark Kelly Guitar
Paul Kotapish Guitar, Mandolin
Donna Long Fiddle, Piano
Manus Lunny Bouzouki, Guitar
Mary MacMaster Harp, Vocals
Joanie Madden Flute, Whistle (Instrument), Vocal Harmony
Karen Matheson Vocals
Zan McLeod Guitar
Johnny McDonagh Bodhran
Charlie McKerron Fiddle
Fran McPhail Vocals
Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh Fiddle, Vocals
Paul O'Shaughnessy Fiddle
Mary Rafferty Accordion, Whistle (Instrument)
John Saich Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Donald Shaw Accordion, Keyboards
Mark Simos Guitar
Ciarán Tourish Fiddle, Whistle (Instrument)
Trian Track Performer
Reeltime Track Performer
Dave MacIsaac Guitar
Natalie MacMaster Fiddle, Piano
Siobhan Egan Fiddle, Whistle (Instrument)
John McSherry Whistle (Instrument)
Cathie Ryan Vocals
Mary Shannon Mandolin
Phil Cunningham Accordion
Ray Fean Drums
Jon Davie Bass
Neil Martin Cello, Keyboards
Ric Saunders Violin
Kate OBrien Fiddle, Viola
Mary Dillon Vocals
Claudine Langille Mandolin, Vocals
Clodagh Warnock Bouzouki, Fiddle, Chimes, Bodhran
Mark Roberts Flute, 5-string Banjo
Máirín Fahy Fiddle, Vocals
Eoghan O'Brien Guitar, Harp
Deirdre Havlin Flute, Human Whistle, Whistle (Instrument)
Rosie Mulholland Fiddle, Keyboards
Maeve Donnelly Fiddle, Track Performer
Benny Hayes Keyboards, Vocals
Michelle O'Brien Fiddle
Loose Connections Track Performer
The Acushla Chorus Choir, Chorus
Marie Askin Piano
Chris Kelly Guitar
Technical Credits
Capercaillie Producer
Liz Carroll Producer
Dónal Lunny Producer
Pete Sutherland Producer
Daíthí Sproule Producer
Eileen Ivers Producer
Johnny Cunningham Producer
P.J. Curtis Producer
Mícheál Ó Domhnaill Producer
Gabriel Donohue Producer
Joanie Madden Producer
Donald Sanders Artwork
Patrick Sky Producer
Trian Producer
Reeltime Producer
Freeland Barbour Producer
Phil Cunningham Producer
John Cunningham Producer
Lisa Null Producer
Neil Martin Producer
Dee Moore Arranger, Producer
T-Bone Wolk Producer
Jimmy Higgins Producer
Paul Brown Producer
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