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CD Review: Celtic Odyssey

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It seems the luck o’ the Irish is on my side today, and to pay homage to that luck, I’m pleased to present Celtic Odyssey. Although the CD dates back to 1993, it’s one of those timeless classics you’ll find yourself wearing out and reordering time and again.

Over the holidays, my family became enticed by the soothing and relaxing qualities that are introduced through traditional Celtic music. Since that time, we’ve invested in a variety of titles.

In a family as large as ours, we can use all the calming we can get.

From first to last, some of the most recognizable names in traditional Celtic music bring forth a truly pleasant blend of styles and rhythm that are beyond entertainment, they are truly an experience. The artists featured on Celtic Odyssey are Northern Lights, Orison, Altan, Alasdair Fraser, Paul Machlis, Scartaglen, John Whelan, Eileen Ivers, Moving Hearts, Relativity, Capercaillie, Sileas, Gerald Trimble, Laurie Riley, Bob McNally, and Simon Wynberg.

My personal favorite is “Carolan’s Ramble To Cashel”. The soothing sounds and easy listening of Northern Lights makes it almost impossible not to become lost in daydreams of Ireland.

Celtic Odyssey is a perfect way to unwind from a long, stressful day and can also have a wonderful hushing affect on rambunctious youngsters, moreso than any lullibye I’ve found.

Regardless of the type of music lover you are, this is one you’re sure to enjoy even if it’s only to provide background effects while celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day over corned beef and cabbage while sipping a green beer.

Finally, a few traditional Irish toasts for you to enjoy:

I have known many, liked not a few, loved only one, I drink to you.

May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.

As you slide down the banisters of life may the splinters never point the wrong way.

May your troubles be as few and as far apart as my Grandmothers teeth.

Here’s that we may always have a clean shirt, a clean conscience, and a guinea in our pocket.

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