Celtic Legends

Celtic Legends

by James Galway

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Celtic Legends

Two legends of Irish music -- flutist James Galway and pianist/composer Phil Coulter -- tap into traditional tunes and modern classics alike with lively and lyrical flair. Bill Whelan's "Riverdance" theme starts the album with just a wisp of flute waking over the mists, but when the jig begins, all manner of instruments jump into the fray: string orchestra, Coulter's piano, guitars, bass, and then the pounding drums, low whistle, and jaunty uilleann pipes. Another modern classic is the tragic-toned "Harry's Game," written by Clannad's Paul Brennan and made famous in the movie Patriot Games. A labored heartbeat sets the pace on the drum, and the uilleann pipes and the men's voices from the Celtic Voices of Trinity create an anguished atmosphere. Lightening the album are brighter treatments of traditional tunes, such as "Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms" and the dance medley "Lannigan's Ball/The Kerry Dances," featuring Frank Gallagher on fiddle. Coulter and Galway craft a sublime performance of "Danny Boy" and a touching rendition of Coulter's own "The Battle of Kinsale," memorializing the final defeat of the Irish chieftains by the English in 1601. Everyone gets a turn to let loose on the raucous "Music for a Found Harmonium," a delightful tumble of flutes, bones, bodhran, fiddle, tin whistle, and piano. Celtic Legends unfolds in lovely layers of sentiment, heroism, tragedy, love, loss, and celebration. In short, Irish through and through.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/04/2009
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886974925422
catalogNumber: 749254


  1. Riverdance
  2. Harry's Game
  3. Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms/The Gentle Maiden
  4. Mn? Na H-Eireann
  5. The Battle of Kinsale (The Valley of Tears)
  6. The Thornbirds
  7. Lannigan's Ball/The Kerry Dances
  8. Danny Boy
  9. Music for a Found Harmonium
  10. Lament for the Wild Geese
  11. My Lagan Love
  12. Ashokan Farewell
  13. An Cail?N Fionn (Natasha)
  14. Hoedown

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