Country/Region of Manufacture
February 2, 2010
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Celtic music, Folk music, New-age music
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CELTIC WOMAN - Volume 4
Celtic Woman 4 is the fourth release in a compilation series from Valley Entertainment that began in 1998. The album brings songs, both original and traditional, from CDs released in Ireland, Scotland, and England to the United States.
Celtic Woman is a female vocal ensemble that performs a mix of Celtic, new age, and adult contemporary music. Often compared to such artists as Clannad, Enya, and Loreena McKennitt, Celtic Woman first rose to acclaim with an energetic stage show that shared much in common with similarly minded productions like Riverdance (whose music director, David Downes, was the driving force behind Celtic Woman's formation in 2004). The group's first performance was filmed in 2004 and broadcast one year later, accompanied by a wildly popular CD and DVD. Although intended to be the group's only release, the album climbed to the top of the Billboard World Music chart and stayed there for a record-setting 81 weeks, thus setting the stage for Celtic Woman's long career.
Celtic Woman began touring heavily, sometimes logging as many as 35 weeks a year on the road. While a series of PBS specials ensured that the ladies remained on America's TV screens, additional album releases helped them remain on the charts. The holiday-themed A Christmas Celebration appeared in 2006, with A New Journey following in 2007. Both albums topped the World Music chart, and A New Journey even achieved some crossover success by peaking at number four on the Billboard 2000. Meanwhile, several Celtic Woman's shifting lineup members also released solo albums, although none of them fared and the group's own records. Released in 2008, The Greatest Journey combined material from Celtic Woman's older albums with several new songs. It was followed two years later by Songs from the Heart, which found the group mixing some contemporary covers into its repertoire, and in 2011 by Lullaby. In 2012, Believe was the first release to feature new member Lisa Lambe, who also appeared on 2014's Emerald: Musical Gems. In 2015 the ensemble released Destiny, the first Celtic Woman outing to feature the newest members, Máiréad Carlin and Éabha McMahon.
~ Matt Collar & Andrew Leahey, Rovi
Celtic Woman 4 contains songs, both original and traditional, from CDs released in Ireland, Scotland, and England. These songs represent some of the best from each of these accomplished artists:
Karen Matheson, awarded an OBE in 2006, is best known as the lead singer of Capercaillie. Sean Connery has said, "Karen Matheson has a throat that is surely touched by God."
Julie Fowlis has won numerous awards, including Folk Singer of the Year at the 2008 BBC Radio 2 Awards and Album of the Year and Gaelic Singer of the Year at the 2008 Scots Trad Music Awards.
Dolores Keane, known as the "Voice of Ireland," was the first vocalist of the Irish folk music group De Dannan.
Scottish folk singer Maeve Mackinnon won the 2007 Scots Trad Music Awards' Up and Coming Artist of the Year.
Kate Rusby is one of the few folk singers to have been nominated for the Mercury Prize and has won Folk Singer of the Year, Best Album, Best Original Song, and Best Live Act from BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Back of the Moon was awarded Best Folk Band at the 2005 Scots Trad Music Awards.
Emily Smith won Scots Singer of the Year from the 2008 Scots Trad Music Awards.
Gaelic singer Catriona Watt won Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2007 from BBC Radio Scotland.
List of Songs
Back of the Moon - The Final Trawl
Eilidh Shaw - Gregor
Julie Fowlis - Tha Caolas Eadar Mi's Iain
Emily Smith - Fair Helen of Kirkconnel
Catriona Watt - Ailein Duinn
Karen Matheson - Mi Le m'Uilinn
Dolores Keane - Galway Bay
Deirbhile Ni Bhrolchain - Domhnall O Conaill
Julie Fowlis - Mo Ghruagach Dhonn
Maeve Mackinnon - Fiollaigean
Kate Rusby - Blooming Heather
Release Date: February 2, 2010
Label: Valley Entertainment
Genre: Celtic music, Folk music, New-age music
Producer: Jon Birge
Record Label: Valley Industries Entertainment (USA)
Release Year: 2011
Distributor: Red Distribution
Playing Time: 46min.
Recording Mode: Stereo
Artists: Various Artists
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