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A Traveler's Dream: Celtic Explorations

  • 1. Humours Of Rockstown / Paddy Lynn's Delight / Ril Roscomain
    2. Samhain Set: All Hallow's Eve / The Seeker
    3. Bear Dance
    4. Go to Berwick Johnny
    5. Farewell to Nigg
    6. Seas Are Deep Dervish, The
    7. The Flower Among Us All / Johnny Armstrong
    8. Helen O'Grady / Drops Of Brandy
    9. Banks of the Barrow
    10. Traveler's Dream, A
    11. Lughnasa Set: Green Fields Of Woodford / Summertime / A Morning In Summer
    12. Gaelic Reels
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 110

  • Credits
    ProducerBobby Read
    EngineerBobby Read

    Personnel: Maggie Sansone (hammered dulcimer); Al Petteway (acoustic guitar, Ashiko drum); T.J. Johnson (mandolin, cittern); Bonnie Rideout (Scottish fiddle, viola); Sara Nisenson (Irish fiddle); Andrea Hoag (Swedish fiddle); Debbie Hunter (viola da gamba); David Sheim (Celtic harp); Bobby Read (flute, bamboo flute, alto flute, piccolo, accordian, melodica, clarinet, soprano saxophone, piano, organ, bass, percussion); Aran Olwell (Irish flute); Paddy League, Robert Jospe (percussion).
    Recorded at Bob Read Studios, North Garden, Virginia. Includes liner notes by Maggie Sansone.
    All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
    Master of the hammered dulcimer and mistress of the Maggie's Music label, Maggie Sansone proves on Celtic Explorations, her sixth solo album, that this head of a largely traditional Celtic label is one of the roster's most expansive artists. Sansone reaches out both geographically and musically. The music of Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, Northumberland (England), and Cape Breton (Canada) is encountered in this Gaelic travelogue. Sweden is represented in a largely unrecognized trove of Celtic sounds choosen to introduce the listener to "Bjorndansen (Bear Dance)." Surprisingly, this is a very light and airy piece played on dulcimer, acoustic guitar, clarinet, and supporting instruments. Apparently, they have very delicate, nimble bears in Scandinavia. Canada's Cape Breton is a region known for its fiddle virtuosos. Award-winning fiddler Bonnie Rideout steps in to showcase the set of "Gaelic Reels" that are also arranged for hammered dulcimer, soprano saxophone, accordion, bamboo flute, clarinet, acoustic guitar, and Celtic and East Indian percussion. Sansone contributes a pair of original tunes. One of which, "Samhain Set: All Hallow's Eve/The Seeker" is a magical and mysterious piece where a mournful harmony from bass clarinet supports the sylvan bamboo flute and the sorcerous E-bow, a hand-held electronic device that produces a bowed string effect. Each track is patiently and beautifully developed incorporating skill and tradition in an immensely memorable treatment of these ancient styles. ~ Tom Schulte

  • Critic Reviews
    Dirty Linen (8-9/99, pp.51-2) - "...[combines] her singular and exquisite hammered dulcimer playing, backed by top musicians playing semi-classical inspired interpretations of traditional Celtic music....a sunny set of music."
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