Rough Guide to the Music of Canada

Composer(s):
Various
Works:
Rough Guide to the Music of Canada
Performer:
Various artists
Label:
World Music Network
Catalogue Number:
RGNET 1125 CD
Reviewer:
BBC Music Magazine
Yes, really, Canada – and not a trace of Celine Dion. Surveys are more interesting here than in the US because immigrant traditions have survived better, and also mixed better. The challenge is finding a balance.   The ROUGH GUIDE favours updated Irish, but if that is your taste – and it’s fresher than Country and Cajun, as a couple of examples show by contrast – then look no further. Where else would you find a mix of Celtic, Greek and French? Unvarnished native music gets a poor look-in, but arguably the mixtures are more characteristic of present-day Canada.