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Music Review: Celtic Love Songs - Various artists
by William Ramoutar

Although this cd is out a while, it is one of those compilations that, maybe the record company didn’t spend enough time, or planning to market and thus, has slipped down the shelves until, in all probability, it is close to extinction. The truth is, if you are looking to find out more about the music, or to get a blás (taste) of many Celtic Artists, you really could look long and hard, to find one sampling equal to this one.

It has many of the stalwart singers you might expect to find, but also an inspirational pairing (though inspired also) of Niamh Parsons and the Voice Squad, singing the gorgeous “Banks of the Lee”.
Other cuts include a song “as gaeilge”, (in Irish) from the stunning voice of Máire Ní Braonáin with her family (Clannad), Ned of the Hill, from ex Cherish the Ladies’ front woman, Cathie Ryan. and a lot more besides. I find it harder as I go through life, to come up with gifts for people, that might actually mean something in years to come. The music is a definite way to solve this new dilemma.

These are truly unique sounding musicians and singers, some of whom have gone on to become quite famous as soloists. So, while this cd will get you points for, say, Valentines day, it will create other delightful problems because now, you’ll have to go out and find other cds, of the individual artists that you or your significant like the most!

And mark my words, there are people on here unequalled in tugging at the hardest of hearts. If you are in any doubt, just listen to the magical sound of Karen Casey, the lead singer with Irish-American Band, Solas and now you have to go and search out all the Solas cds she is featured on and then to your dismay, (or sheer joy!) find out since leaving Solas, she now has three solo cds!

See what I mean? Is the world a desperate place or what? So how do I get you to recognize the fact that you need this cd? Or that you have found the perfect gift for someone very special? Drag out the old computer keyboard there and search and don’t forget who told you to buy this. You won’t regret it and you might even get a kiss on Valentine’s Day for it.

Celtic Love Songs is available at:
Amazon Canada
Amazon UK
Amazon USA

BIO William Ramoutar
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Review written by William Ramoutar Presenter of Irish Ways Radio Programme, St Augustine Florida  


Wed, Jan 3, 2018

Ilnacullen, Co. Cork - an Island Garden

Located in the sheltered harbour of Glengarriff in Bantry Bay. Ilnacullin, which means island of holly, is a small island known to horticulturists and lovers of trees and shrubs all around the world as an island garden of rare beauty.
The vivid colours of Rhododendrons and Azaleas reach their peak during May and June, whilst the hundreds of cultivars of climbing plants, herbaceous perennials and choice shrubs dominate the midsummer period from June to August.
Because of its sheltered situation and the warming oceanic influence of the Gulf Stream, the climate is favourable to the growth of ornamental plants from many parts of the world.
Even for those who aren’t particularly interested in gardens, there are many other scenic views, especially in the surrounding waters where seals frequent the rocks on the southern shore.
The cover photo on Bridget's book The Traditional Irish Wedding shows a wrought iron garden gate on Ilnaculen. I took that photo. To see it, go to the home page. It's part of the opening paragraph Failte.
Resource: Copy and Image - Cork Guide

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This is one of Bridget's favorite recordings; we purchased our copy at Blarney Woolen Mills in Cork. Being masters of merchandising, Blarney has music playing all the time while you shop. When Bridget heard Jim's rendition of Grace, she asked one of the assistants who and what it was. She was immediately directed to the music area - name of record and inventory number in hand! It's a wonderfully romantic collection that never fails to stir up the emotions. It also brings back lovely memories of Ireland.
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