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...a well-known Celtic legend, is given musical voice here by composer, songwriter, keyboardist, and singer Jeff Johnson. Inspired by the tale, he's composed some dazzling soundscapes, and sings on several pieces, along with guest vocalist Janet Chvatal. The CD opens with "Oceanus," which sets the mood for the entire recording with the sound of ocean waves and pennywhistle work from Brian Dunning. The music ranges from the Clannad-ish "I Call to You" to the dramatic "Jasconius," with excellent electric cello from Jami Sieber.
Click here for Prayers of St. Brendan

I heard this recording for the first time one St. Patrick's Day several years ago on our local NPR station. I knew I had to have it! Since then, it's been played a lot more often in our house than just on our patron saint's feast day.
Click here for St. Patrick's Mass


The Virgin's Lament
Nóirín Ní Riain and the monks of Glenstal

The union between the well-respected Irish singer Nóirín Ní Riain and the monks of Glenstal is a perfect one. Ní Riain's soprano chimes over the monks' deeper vocal blanket as they sing medieval Celtic religious songs in the sean nos or "old style" tradition -subtly varying enunciation and tempo. Singing in Gaelic and Latin Gregorian plainchant, Ní Riain voice flies throughout Limerick's Glenstal Abbey, creating an angelic and holy atmosphere.
Karen Karlesk
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Songs of Inspiration
Frank Patterson

Perhaps his is indeed the best Irish tenor ever. On this recording, he once again moves the listener with a voice that is rich, powerful and full of passion. Selections range from My Heart Will Go On from Titanic to Let Their Be Peace. Several snippets are available for review so you can hear for yourself how gifted he was.
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Healing Angel
Roma Downey and Phil Coulter

Of 35 reviews on amazon, every one of them gives this gorgeous recording 5 stars. A blend of prayers and poems, some written by Coulter and others from old Celtic writings, Roma's magical voice and Phil's brilliant accompaniment are mesmerizing. Every track, from the opening hymn, "Be Thou My Vision" - one of our all time favorites - to Death Do Us Part, has the power to move the listener to tears - but it's not in the least bit maudlin. For anyone needing a spiritual lift or just simply the pleasure of pure relaxation, this is a must have.
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Celtic Requiem
Various artists including Mary McLaughlin & William Coulter

Haunting vocals supported by superb musicians combine to create a soul-stirring collection of laments, keenings and spiritual pieces which are moving, reflective and emotional. Highly recommended.
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Tue, Feb 21, 2017

The Irishman who designed
the Oscar satuette

Ireland’s first and most lasting contribution to the Academy Awards is at the ceremony’s very heart: the Oscar statuette was designed by Dublin- born Cedric Gibbons, an art director with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, who also became Ireland’s first winner. Although his first Oscar (for art direction on The Bridge of San Luis Rey) was the only award he received individually, Gibbons was nominated for 38 Academy Awards and received 11 Oscars. By most yardsticks, this record makes Gibbons the most successful Irish Oscar winner in history.
Source: The Irish Times
Photo Credit: Hollywood Confidential


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Can't Find it?!

Our Library is compiled from what we know and like. If you can't find what you're looking for read on.
• First: go to Amazon -
There's no escaping the fact that they are the largest catalog.
Note: There are multiple Amazons and they do not carry exactly the same items. Any one of the U.S., U.K. and Canada sites may not have the item but another Amazon will. Each site will ship anywhere in the world. Try them all before you give up.
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Click here for Amazon.UK.
Click here for Amazon.Canada.
• Second: Amazon doesn't have it? Try BMG. They are one of the largest Music stores - period. Click here for BMG Music.
We recommend you search for artist or title words.
• Third: Still can't find It? Alright, try ALibris they are the place for 'books you never thought you'd find'. They now carry music (even vinyl). The prices vary, since they are offered from various sources.
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• Fourth: Is it in print, at least?
Try Irish Music International, they'll go out of their way to obtain any item currently available.
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• Last: Nothing Worked?
E-Mail us, we'll give it a go. Click for Russ & Bridget.


 

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