From a Distant Shore: Irish and Cape Breton Traditional Music

COMPOSERS: Various
LABELS: Nimbus
WORKS: World
PERFORMER: Various artists
CATALOGUE NO: NI 1752

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For the Celtic diaspora, music has always been more than a fond memory of home; rather, a vital force. Nimbus proves the point by rounding up, in From a Distant Shore, its issues of Irish music at home and abroad along with a disc from Cape Breton. Everybody was recorded at festivals in Cork. Reels rule as fidders from Donegal take the stage in combinations from one to a dozen.

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The playing bursts with energy and flair, yet the more varied instrumental line-ups from England and the US are their match in virtuosity and often sound freer and more relaxed.