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Sharon Shannon - The Sharon Shannon Collection 1990-2005 (2005)

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Sharon Shannon - The Sharon Shannon Collection 1990-2005 (2005)

Sharon Shannon - The Sharon Shannon Collection 1990-2005 (2005)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log, scans) - 746 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 280 MB
1:54:30 | Folk, Celtic | Label: Compass Records

Two CD set highlighting Sharon's 15 year career. The tracks featured on the album brilliantly encapsulate the scope of her musical influences. County Clare-born accordionist/multi-instrumentalist/bandleader is long overdue for a career retrospective and this two-CD set overflows with high points. Although an acknowledged master of Irish traditional styles, this least complacent and most generous of artists never ceases experimenting. The first disc contains instrumentals cherry-picked from six albums. "Cavan Potholes" depicts omni-present Irish road conditions and "The Mighty Sparrow", taped during the "A Woman’s Heart" tour, is a jig augmented by a Caribbean beat and raucously apt sax solo. Disc two is given over to vocals, many of which are performed by stars from other genres. Jackson Browne’s "A Man Of Constant Sorrow" is given a Hibernian Grand Ol’ Opry treatment compete with lovely back-up singing from Mary Staunton. Damien Dempsey, a sensitive roughneck of a Dublin singer-composer, gives the Lennon/McCartney chestnut "Norwegian Wood" a new lease on life and also turns up in "Courtin’ In The Kitchen", a profane little comedy led by the inimitable Dessie O’Halloran. But the late Kirstie MacColl’s treatment of Astor Piazzolla’s "Libertango" is magic of a more wistful, shadowy kind, making us miss her all the more. –Christina Roden

Big Country - The Crossing (1983) [Expanded Remastered 1996]

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Big Country - The Crossing (1983) [Expanded Remastered 1996]

Big Country - The Crossing (1983) [Expanded Remastered 1996]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 438 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 158 Mb | Scans ~ 34 Mb
Alternative Rock, Celtic Rock, New Wave, Post-Punk | Label: Mercury | # 532 323-2 | 01:08:49

With producer Steve Lillywhite at the helm, Scotland's Big Country managed to deliver earnest, socially conscious arena anthems in a similar vein to U2 and the Alarm. The twist was their trademark bagpipe sound, achieved through the use of E-Bow. The unique sound of "In a Big Country" garnered the band considerable attention and a Top 20 single in the U.S. The Crossing, however, is an album whose richness goes beyond the single. The more subdued "Chance" is sparser and its personal lyrics are every bit as heartfelt as the more populist-inclined anthems like the wonderful "The Storm" or the thundering "Fields of Fire." The lyrics are straightforward and, despite the grand themes of many of the tracks, manage to steer clear of being overly pretentious. While this album earned the band a gold record, Big Country's sound and image (reinforced by the members' tartan checked shirts) resulted in them being tagged a novelty, and they never duplicated their initial success in America.

Van Morrison - Days Like This (1995)

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Van Morrison - Days Like This (1995)

Van Morrison - Days Like This (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 369 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 133 Mb
Label: Exile/Polydor | # 527 307-2 | 00:58:09 | Scans ~ 140 Mb
Singer/Songwriter, Folk Rock, Soft Rock, Celtic, Soul

Days Like This is the twenty-third studio album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, released in 1995. It is a diverse group of songs offering a variety of moods and styles. It ranked No. 5 on the UK album charts and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. His daughter, singer-songwriter Shana Morrison performed duets with her father on two tracks, "You Don't Know Me" and "I'll Never Be Free". "Ancient Highway" was nine minutes long and contained the words "praying to my higher self/Don't let me down". It is said to be the one song on the album where he comes closest to following his muse. The title track has continued to be a popular song in concert to the present day.

David Arkenstone - Quest For the Runestone (2024)

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David Arkenstone - Quest For the Runestone (2024)

David Arkenstone - Quest For the Runestone (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 342 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 139 MB
1:00:25 | New Age, Celtic | Label: Dream Palace Publishing

Inspired by David's love of Celtic, Nordic, and cinematic music traditions, Quest For The Runestone is reminiscent of this New Age visionary's earlier fantasy 'concept' albums. David says, "I wanted to create something that would be a rich and engaging experience from start to finish. releases July 1, 2024.

Van Morrison - Avalon Sunset (1989) Expanded Remastered 2008

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Van Morrison - Avalon Sunset (1989) Expanded Remastered 2008

Van Morrison - Avalon Sunset (1989) Expanded Remastered 2008
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 317 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 120 Mb | Scans ~ 144 Mb
Label: Exile, Polydor | # 5305449 | Time: 00:52:46
Singer/Songwriter, Pop/Rock, Folk-Rock, Blues, Blue-Eyed Soul

Avalon Sunset is the nineteenth studio album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. It was released in 1989 by Mercury Records to both commercial and critical success. On 9 January 2008, Avalon Sunset was reissued and remastered, featuring an alternative take of "Whenever God Shines His Light" and a version of "When the Saints Go Marching In" with additional lyrics by Morrison. Includes original artwork and full lyrics to Van Morrison compositions 12 tracks. At the end of 1989, Christgau named Avalon Sunset the 22nd best album of the year in his list for the annual Pazz & Jop critics poll. The Times ranked it 63rd their 1993 list of "All Time Top 100 Albums".

Van Morrison - No Guru, No Method, No Teacher (1986) Expanded Remastered 2008

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Van Morrison - No Guru, No Method, No Teacher (1986) Expanded Remastered 2008

Van Morrison - No Guru, No Method, No Teacher (1986) Remastered 2008
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 373 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 138 Mb | Scans ~ 253 Mb
Label: Polydor, Exile | # 5308762 | Time: 01:00:25
Singer-Songwriter, Pop Rock, Folk-Rock, Blues, Blue-Eyed Soul

Newly remastered sound and expanded packaging including lyrics of No Guru, No Method, No Teacher, an album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, released in 1986. The song "In the Garden" was a favorite fan concert performance and per Morrison, "I take you through a definite meditation process which is a form of transcendental meditation." This album was hailed by most critics as a return to form. John Wilde in Sounds remarks, "the crescendos here are never dampened by their subtle nature and never fall short of blinding. The whole album aches with a steady stream of sorrow."

Van Morrison - Inarticulate Speech Of The Heart (1983) [Remastered 2008]

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Van Morrison - Inarticulate Speech Of The Heart (1983) [Remastered 2008]

Van Morrison - Inarticulate Speech Of The Heart (1983)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 348 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 129 Mb
Label: Exile/Polydor | # 5308759 | Time: 00:56:29 | Scans ~ 123 Mb
Singer/Songwriter, Soft Rock, Celtic, Jazz Rock, Soul

Almost a forgotten album, Inarticulate Speech of the Heart takes listeners to the deepest, most inward areas of Van Morrison's renegade Irish soul, the culmination of his spiritual jazz period and also – perhaps not coincidentally – the last record he made for Warner Bros. Four of the 11 tracks are moody instrumentals, which might partly explain the indifference of many rock critics toward the album, although the album's very title gives a clue to their presence. The mood is predominantly mellow but never flaccid or complacent; there is a radiance that glows throughout. "Higher Than the World" is simply one of the most beautiful recordings Morrison ever made, with Mark Isham's choir-like synthesizer laying down the lovely backdrop. The instrumental "Connswater" is the most Irish-flavored piece that Morrison had made up to that point, and would continue to be until he recorded with the Chieftains in 1988. "Rave on, John Donne" – in part a recitation invoking a roster of writers over a supple two-chord vamp – seems to have had the longest afterlife, reappearing in Morrison's live shows and greatest-hits compilations.

Tony Hall - Fieldvole Music (1977) Expanded Remastered Reissue 2007

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Tony Hall - Fieldvole Music (1977) Expanded Remastered Reissue 2007

Tony Hall - Fieldvole Music (1977) Expanded Remastered Reissue 2007
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 472 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 206 Mb | Scans included | 01:18:48
Traditional British Folk, Irish Folk, Celtic | Label: Free Reed | # FRRR 03

The 1977 classic "FIELDVOLE MUSIC" continued the trend of bizarre titles for Free Reed's LPs - this one taken from the nickname of cartoonist and melodeon maestro TONY HALL. Tony was the accompanist of choice for many 70s folk stars - he was on June Tabor & Maddy Prior's 'Silly Sisters' tour in 1976 - and for this exquisite Free Reed LP, he was joined by Nic Jones & Johnny Moynihan to create possibly the greatest selection of classic melodeon tunes & songs ever recorded. Once again, the production was in the hands of Nic Kinsey, and we include 7 extra tracks from the 1977 sessions. Booklet notes are by the shanty man & historian STAN HUGILL.

June Tabor - An Echo Of Hooves (2003)

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June Tabor - An Echo Of Hooves (2003)

June Tabor - An Echo Of Hooves (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 244 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 130 Mb | Scans ~ 69 Mb
British Folk, Folk-Rock | Label: Topic Records | # TSCD543 | Time: 00:56:24

Listening to this, it's easy to believe that June Tabor was made to sing these old border ballads, tales of the uneasy coexistence of families in the marches between England and Scotland. Her dark voice is well-suited to the texts, which are often bloody and vengeful, and quite certainly epic – in some respects, the very essence of British balladry, whether it's "The Battle of Otterburn," with its gloriously textured Kathryn Tickell arrangement, or the demanding "The Duke of Athole's Nurse," where Martin Simpson is reunited with Tabor, his guitar offering shining counterpoint to her voice. The songs, tried and tested over the centuries, are wonderful in themselves, but Tabor's presentation of them brings them fully to life, like "The Cruel Mother." Harrowing at the best of times, it becomes pure torment in her hands. And her "Sir Patrick Spens" makes the old Fairport Convention version sound like a playground romp. Intensity has always been one of Tabor's fortes, and here she takes full advantage of the opportunity to indulge it.

The Incredible String Band - First Four Albums 1966-1968 (5CD) Remastered Reissues 2010

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The Incredible String Band - First Four Albums 1966-1968 (5CD) Remastered Reissues 2010

The Incredible String Band - First Four Albums 1966-1968 (5CD) Remastered Reissues 2010
FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.37 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 583 Mb | Scans included
British Folk, Psychedelic Folk, British Folk Rock | Label: Fledg'ling | Time: 03:53:04

In the liner notes to these carefully packaged reissues, all four of the Incredible String Band principals– co-founder Clive Palmer, core duo Mike Heron and Robin Williamson, and Elektra records executive Joe Boyd– offer their insights in separate essays. Three of them mention the smell of patchouli. Such were the times, certainly, but the ISB are loved equally by avant-garde musicians, psychedelia enthusiasts, and those slightly dweeby young gentlemen who hang around music shops on college campuses. The reissue of their first four albums probably put to rest any notion that the ISB were a properly great band, releasing just one true classic, but they were rarely anything less than brave, inspired, and profoundly weird.

VA - Sult: Spirit of the Music (1996)

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VA - Sult: Spirit of the Music (1996)

VA - Sult: Spirit of the Music (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 367 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 180 Mb | Scans included
Celtic, Traditional Irish Folk, Folk-Rock | Label: The Bottom Line | # BTL97302-2 | 01:06:41

Under the musical direction of Donal Lunny, features big names such as John McSherry, Nollaig Casey, Van Morrison, Maire Brennan, Stephen Cooney, Nomos, Matt Molloy, Pat Crowley, Noel Bridgeman, Maire Breatnach, Seamus Begley, John Spillane, Liam O' Flynn, Paul Brady, Mark Knopfler, Anuna, Brian Kennedy, Laoise Kelly, Maighréad Ní Dhomhnaill, Mairtin O' Connor, Iarla Ó Lionaird and Sharon Shannon.

Loreena McKennitt - In Her Own Words: The Mask and Mirror (Introduction) (2024)

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Loreena McKennitt - In Her Own Words: The Mask and Mirror (Introduction) (2024)

Loreena McKennitt - In Her Own Words: The Mask and Mirror (Introduction) (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 202 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 92 MB
39:17 | Folk, Celtic | Label: Quinlan Road

In her introduction to "The Mask and Mirror," Loreena McKennitt provides insights into the inspirations, themes, and creation process of the album. Here are the key points from her words:

Loreena McKennitt - The Mask and Mirror Live (Live at the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, Ca, 19 May 1994) (2024)

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Loreena McKennitt - The Mask and Mirror Live (Live at the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, Ca, 19 May 1994) (2024)

Loreena McKennitt - The Mask and Mirror Live (Live at the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, Ca, 19 May 1994) (2024)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 329 MB | Cover | 59:19 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 137 MB
Folk, Celtic | Label: Quinlan Road

A recording of Loreena’s ground-breaking 1994 recording, The Mask and Mirror, was captured live at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco on May 19th 1994, originally for radio syndication throughout the U.S. and Canada. On June 14th, it will be released as The Mask and Mirror Live – and it’s available to you for pre-order now.

Landless - Luireach (2024)

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Landless - Luireach (2024)

Landless - Luireach (2024)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 216 MB | Cover | 45:05 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 111 MB
Celtic, Folk | Label: Glitterbeat Records

The success of Lankum's 2023 album False Lankum, along with Ye Vagabonds' collaboration with boygenius, brought international attention to the creative exploration of Irish folk traditions in their Dublin community of bands. Like Lankum and Ye Vagabonds, Landless collaborate with producer/engineer John "Spud" Murphy, who plays in the band ØXN with Radie Peat from Lankum, and whose mixes combine ideas from experimental electronic music with this timeless material.

VA - Pure... Celtic (2010)

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VA - Pure... Celtic (2010)

VA - Pure… Celtic (2010)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log, scans) - 1.8 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 596 MB
4:07:21 | Folk, Celtic | Label: Sony Music

Immerse yourself in the timeless beauty and rich cultural heritage of Celtic music with the "Pure… Celtic" album. This captivating collection brings together some of the most beloved and iconic tracks from the world of Celtic music, offering listeners a truly enchanting experience.