At 02:54 PM 4/3/98 -0600, Suzanna wrote:
>Camelot) have better choices Celtic-wise IMO. Get Celtic music ONLY from
>Hearts of Space, Windham Hill, Narada, and Green Linnet. I'll let you know
>of more bonafide Celtic music companies when I get home from work.
On the Scottish end of Celtic, Iona/Lismore (same company, two labels)
and Temple have a lot of good stuff. And I really like Greentrax which has
a variety of artists ranging from the strictly traditional to those who
really push the edge of the envelope plus some really good folk musicians
A good way to get to know new artists is to buy a compilation CD
that features several of a labels artists on one CD. It's a nice way to
sample an artists sound before commiting to a whole CD. Green Linnet and
Greentrax have quite a few of these compilations available.
Another good way to hear new stuff is to go to a Celtic event such
as a Highland games. The music vendors are always playing some of their
newest CDs and will sometimes play a particular artist for you if you ask.
Something else I do is ask a vendor to characterize the sound of an artist
I don't know to one I do know. I've also found some good stuff by asking
vendors what, in their opinion, are the best recent releases. Sometimes
they'll pull out a CD by relatively unknown artists on a small label that
knocks your socks off. That is how I got the Ring Sessions by James Kelly
(Irish fiddler) and Zan McLeod (American guitarist) -- a wonderful CD I
probably wouldn't have found on my own.