Tag / celtic rock

/ December 19, 2014 / Comments Off on Horslips: The Rocks Remain (1976)

Horslips: The Rocks Remain (1976)

Horslips – 1976 Let me go back in time for a bit. Back in April, when I had a small kindling to start this blog, I wrote of a track from The Book of Invasions, “Warm Sweet Breath of Love”: “[This track] has everything that could be so right about music. Its all of these […]

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/ December 6, 2014 / Comments Off on Alan Stivell: Brezhoneg Raok (1973)

Alan Stivell: Brezhoneg Raok (1973)

Alan Stivell and bombard. Finishing off what he hinted at in his previous album, yesterday’s A L’Olympia, Alan decided to commit to tape his idea of a brand new European music. Chamins de Terre, translates to Songs of the Earth, tried to combine everything from his background. His background in Celtic roots music, new influences […]

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/ December 5, 2014 / Comments Off on Alan Stivell: Tri Martolod (1972)

Alan Stivell: Tri Martolod (1972)

Alan Stivell – 1972 When we last left off Alan Stivell he was breathing new life into a genre threatened to be left in the dustbin of musical history. Breton folk music, and modern Celtic music as a whole experienced a revival of sorts due to his groundbreaking Renaissance de la Harpe Celtique. One year […]

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/ December 4, 2014 / Comments Off on Clannad: Siúbhán Ní Dhuibhir (1973)

Clannad: Siúbhán Ní Dhuibhir (1973)

Clannad In this brief sojourn to Ireland, for some neo-folk goodies, lets not forget a true behemoth of Celtic music: Clannad. Now famously known for giving us oodles of egregiously bad tin-whistle and keyboard-laden approximations of Irish new age music, and introducing the world to the wonderful Enya (who I’ll defend to no end!)…before, there […]

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/ December 2, 2014 / Comments Off on Horslips: Dearg Doom (1973)

Horslips: Dearg Doom (1973)

Horslips Can you almost feel the finish line? Allow me to go back a year, to a year 1973, when another band of Dubliners such as Horslips, whose name derives from the wordplay of “The Four Poxmen of The Horslypse,” figuratively rained Celtic rock bombs on the masses. Spurred on by the sound of early […]

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/ November 7, 2014 / Comments Off on Alan Stivell: Gaeltacht (1971)

Alan Stivell: Gaeltacht (1971)

Alan Stivell – 1971 Let’s blur the line of history even further. What does French-born musician Alan Stivell (real name Alan Cochevelou) have in any way, shape, or form to do with English neo-folk? Could you believe this same man created the first strains of Celtic rock. The music of all the Gaelic traditions owe […]

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/ October 30, 2014 / Comments Off on Tír na nÓg: Mariner Blues and Boat Song (1971)

Tír na nÓg: Mariner Blues and Boat Song (1971)

Tír na nÓg – Sonny and Leo Before throwing you head first into the dark masterpiece of tomorrow’s album of the month, how about something far gentler? Yet in its own way, quite heavy. Out of Ireland, comes the Dubliner duo Tír na nÓg. Taking their name appropriately enough from the Otherworldly (Land of Eternal Youth), […]

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/ October 10, 2014 / Comments Off on Van Morrison: Astral Weeks (1968)

Van Morrison: Astral Weeks (1968)

Van Morrison – 1968 My track of the day, “Astral Weeks” by Van Morrison, needs little introduction. If, you’ve ever heard the album its off of, you’re more than likely already been shrouded with its all-encompassing feeling and uniqueness. No other folk song, or album, has ever had its kind of mystical worldliness. Most of […]

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/ October 9, 2014 / Comments Off on Donovan: Widow with a Shawl (A Portrait) (1967)

Donovan: Widow with a Shawl (A Portrait) (1967)

Donovan – 1967 Sometimes we don’t give enough credit to the quiet ones. My track of the day, Donovan’s “Widow with a Shawl (A Portrait)”, was another hugely influential English folk song that propulsed England’s folk-rock movement forward, and it did so in such a way no one expected. During the time he recorded this […]

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/ October 6, 2014 / Comments Off on The Byrds: Wild Mountain Thyme (1966)

The Byrds: Wild Mountain Thyme (1966)

The Byrds – 1966 What exactly was the genesis showing a new way forward in English folk music? My track of the day, “Wild Mountain Thyme” by The Byrds, starts showing the huge influence rock and pop music started to play in shaping this new neo-folk music that was to be made in England. A […]

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