New Age, Neo-Celtic, World Beat Music

Category: Music

There is really some excellent music in these categories of music, IMO. I lump it all into New Age, but it's much more than that. Are ther others that enjoy this hard to classify music? I especially like Loreena McKennitt's Neo-Celtic CDs. Her "Book of Secrets", and "Mask Behind the Mirror" are favorites, but she has no bad CDs. I also like "The Visit". Another great group is Enigma. All four of their CDs are excellent, and are very well recorded. One magazine reviewer said she didn't know whether their music was just "Schlock" or exciting/meaningful-- but no doubt, I like and recommend it all. Another favorite that I've never seen mentioned is "Walela", a CD by Rita Coolidge et al.-- soft drumming, a neo-native american sound, and sort of ethereal in character, also an excellent recording. I also put Enya and Clannad in this group. Mai're (pronounced Moira) Brennan is a lead singer for Clannad and is sister of Enya. Mai're Brennan also has several excellent CDs out under her own name-- Celtic and Neo-Celtic music; beautiful voice. I also have a 3 CD set called "Celtic Legacy" that is largely Neo-Celtic. Then there's "Deep Forest" etc. Are there any other Audiogon members who like and can recommend some CDs with this (these) kind of music. Thanks. Craig.
good post garfish!(must be cause you have 3a sigs). i'll completely agree w/ you on the above choices. all really well recorded. i'll add a few- ali farka toure & ry cooder "talking timbuktu", nusrat fateh ali khan w/ michael brooke " night song" &" mustt mustt". another is " the trilok gurtu collection". dadawa's stuff is interesting. also the group solas(celtic). also just about anything on waterlily records ( lets hear more!
Try: Anuna "Invocation" (Atlantic) and anything by the Scottish group "Ossian" (Iona).
Don't forget the "wee dram"!
Ditto, what a great post it seems some of this should be in the guilty pleasures thread started by Cornfedboy. I have ALL of the CD's you listed and listen to them a lot, but I was afraid to mention them because most other audiogon folks strongly dislike this genre' I guess it is there loss and our gain. Happy Listening! Tim.
Mary McLaughlin's Celtic Voices is wonderful in musical creativity and sound quality. My favorite world beat compilation is the two cd set Narada World: A Global Vision. I gave it to many of my friends for xmas and every single one loved it. Excellent recording quality. Guaranteed to make your feel good or your karma back! Also, The Irish group Altan features the magnificent voice of Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh. Some of their music is traditional Irish, but they do venture into neo-celtic. it's worth a listening.
I second the choice of Mouth Music.(Mouth music is Afro-Celtic rythms which traditionally had giberish for vocals, instead of lyrics) I have three of their cds. The first two are far better than the third, which is too comercial. I saw them at the Bottom Line, in NYC. Very interesting.