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Song of the Green Linnet

Song of the Green Linnet

When it comes to Celtic music labels, Green Linnet has always flaunted an immense assortment of riches. What better way, then, to mark its 25-year history than with this sparkling compilation of traditional and modern vocal recordings by the artists it has championed. From "old-timer" songsmiths such as June Tabor and


When it comes to Celtic music labels, Green Linnet has always flaunted an immense assortment of riches. What better way, then, to mark its 25-year history than with this sparkling compilation of traditional and modern vocal recordings by the artists it has championed. From "old-timer" songsmiths such as June Tabor and Tommy Sands to more recent standouts like Altan, Capercaillie, and Niamh Parsons, Song of the Green Linnet resonates across the musical timeline of the Celtic world. The crew mostly comprises Irish and Scots balladeers, in the backing company of fellow Celts from Britanny and Galicia as well as their American cousins. Artists like Andy M. Stewart display the range of modern Celtic singers, from rousing, centuries-old fight songs like "Gallant Murray" to the brilliantly funny "The Errant Apprentice." New divas are well represented too, in Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill and her "Gathering Pace," Máirín Fahy of Reeltime, and Altan's Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh. And Mick Moloney pops up just about everywhere: as producer and lead singer on Green Fields of America's serious drinking song "Stick to the Craythur," founder of Cherish the Ladies, and soloist on a proud Irish-American post-Civil War ballad called "Uncle Dan McGann." But then, Celtic music is a very old, very small world.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
No American label can boast a Celtic music catalog as rich and deep as Green Linnet's, and the company has demonstrated that over the years with a string of very fine compilations. This one focuses on vocal performances by such world-class solo artists as June Tabor, Niamh Parsons, and Andy M. Stewart, as well as ensembles as diverse as Celt-rockers Wolfstone, Scots harmony masters the Tannahill Weavers, and modern Scots supergroup Capercaillie. The highlights are many: Niamh Parsons is given two slots, which was a wise programming move, her renditions of "Bonny Woodhall" and "Kilnamartyra Exile" just about steal the show. The Green Fields of America deliver a rousing and hilarious ode to homemade whiskey, entitled "Stick to the Craythur," while June Tabor exhibits her growing tendency towards art song with an elaborately arranged medley consisting of "The Water is Wide," "St. Agnes," and "Jeannie and Jamie." Wolfstone turns in an uncharacteristically restrained performance on "Till I Sleep." There's hardly an item in the Green Linnet catalog that isn't worth picking up, and this compilation is a great place to start.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Altan   Track Performer
Kevin Burke   Fiddle
Capercaillie   Track Performer
Martin Carthy   Guitar,Vocals,Drones
Cherish the Ladies   Track Performer
Jackie Daly   Accordion
Green Fields of America   Track Performer
Andy Irvine   Vocals
Dolores Keane   Background Vocals
Kornog   Track Performer
Dónal Lunny   Bodhran
Mick Moloney   Vocals
Sìleas   Track Performer
Andy M. Stewart   Track Performer
Deighton Family   Track Performer
June Tabor   Vocals
Tannahill Weavers   Track Performer
Tommy Sands   Track Performer
Ana Belén   Vocals
Frankie Kennedy   Flute,Background Vocals
Milladoiro   Track Performer
Relativity   Track Performer
Patsy Seddon   Harp,Vocals
Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill   Synthesizer,Vocals,Clavinet
Niamh Parsons   Vocals
Déanta   Track Performer
Daíthí Sproule   Guitar,Background Vocals
Aoife Clancy   Guitar,Vocals
Soïg Sibéril   Guitar
Wolfstone   Track Performer
James Blennerhassett   Double Bass
Liam Bradley   Percussion
Nando Casal   Tambourine,Crumhorn,tin whistle
Mary Coogan   Banjo,Guitar
Ciarán Curran   Bouzouki,Guitar
Kathleen Deighton   Vocals
Maya Deighton   Vocals
Rosalie Deighton   Vocals
Marc Duff   Synthesizer
Xose V. Ferreiros   Bagpipes,Bouzouki,Mandolin,Oboe,Tambourine,uillean pipes
Roy Gullane   Guitar,Vocals
James Kelly   Fiddle
Mark Kelly   Guitar,Background Vocals
Donna Long   Piano,Vocal Harmony
Manus Lunny   Guitar,Vocals
Mary MacMaster   Vocals,Electracoustic Pedal Harp
Joanie Madden   Flute,Vocal Harmony
Karen Matheson   Vocals
Arty McGlynn   Guitar
John McCusker   Fiddle
Charlie McKerron   Fiddle
Jamie McMenemy   Vocals
Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh   Fiddle,Vocals
Gerry O'Beirne   Guitar,12-string Guitar
Robbie O'Connell   Background Vocals
Mary Rafferty   Accordion
Rodrigo Romaní   Bouzouki,Guitar,Harp,Ocarina
John Saich   Bass,Vocals
Anton Seoane   Guitar,Mandola,Keyboard Accordian
Donald Shaw   Keyboards
Phil Smillie   Flute,Vocals,Whistle (Instrument)
Ciarán Tourish   Fiddle,Background Vocals
Gary West   Pipe,Whistle (Instrument)
Kevin Wilkinson   Percussion,Drums
Reeltime   Track Performer
Ivan Drever   Guitar,Vocals
Ged Foley   Fiddle
Rod McVey   Accordion,Keyboards
Duncan Chisholm   Fiddle
Siobhan Egan   Fiddle
Phil Cunningham   Synthesizer
Jim Malcolm   Guitar,Vocals
Old Blind Dogs   Track Performer
Brendan Monaghan   uillean pipes
Christian Lemaitre   Fiddle,Guitar
Kate OBrien   Fiddle
Clodagh Warnock   Bouzouki
Máirín Fahy   Vocals
Wayne Mackenzi   Bass,Percussion
Xose A. F. Mendez   Flute
Duncan J. Nicholson   Pipe,Whistle (Instrument)
Eoghan O'Brien   Guitar
Rosie Mulholland   Fiddle
Rory Campbell   Background Vocals,Whistle (Instrument)
Moncho Garcia   Percussion,Vocals
Luke Daniels   Accordion
Alan Whelan   keyboard bass
Jimmy Keane   Background Vocals
Paul Jennings   Percussion
Buzzby McMillan   Bass,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Martin Carthy   Producer
Dónal Lunny   Producer
Mick Moloney   Arranger,Producer
Patrick Street   Arranger,Producer
June Tabor   Arranger
Niamh Parsons   Arranger,Producer
Johnny Cunningham   Producer
Brian Masterson   Producer
Gerry O'Beirne   Arranger,Producer
John Ravenhall   Producer
Steve Robertshaw   Producer
Donald Sanders   Illustrations
Phil Smillie   Arranger
Ivan Drever   Producer
Freeland Barbour   Producer
John Leonard   Producer
Neil Martin   Producer
Wayne Mackenzi   Producer
Alan Whelan   Producer

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