Celtic Roots (Spirit of Dance)

Celtic Roots (Spirit of Dance)

by John Whelan


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Celtic Roots (Spirit of Dance)

With all the new age appropriation of Celtic music, sometimes it's refreshing to go back to the roots. Irish music is really a time-honored canon of thousands of tunes, some ancient, some brand-new, but all grist for the mill for Irish musicians and their dancers. For generations, these tunes have been passed down to be learned, played, and danced to. On Celtic Roots, the All- Ireland champion accordionist and occasional Riverdance company member John Whelan puts out a sparkling collection of straight-ahead reels and jigs, an archive of traditional tunes for players to learn from and to get the dancers up on the floor. Some of these are gentle, like the charming "Tar Road to Sligo;" some display the inspired fancy-footwork intricacy of "Piper's Despair" or "Mayor Harrison's Fedora." But all of Whelan's renditions are sharp, precise, unadorned, and untampered with, for as Whelan himself says, "You have to play them right for that dance to happen."

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Release Date: 02/12/2002
Label: Narada
UPC: 0724381172124
catalogNumber: 11721
Rank: 145868

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