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Eileen Ivers - So Far Celtic Colours - The Road Home
EILEEN IVERS "So Far The Eileen Ivers Collection 1979-1995"
Green Linnet GLCD1185

VARIOUS ARTISTS "Celtic Colours The Road Home" SMPCD1007

So Far, so good. But a nice new recording from Eileen Ivers would have been even better. Call it "best of", taster, sampler or "So Far", with only two solo albums and, albeit, a generous handful of guest appearances on other recordings it seems too early for a back catalogue rummage sale. However, this is not to undermine or berate the quality of what's on offer. Six of the tracks on "So Far" are from her solo albums and tracks like," Lament for Staker Wallace" and "The Rights of Man", ably convey that sense of timing and contained drama that marks so much of her fiddle style. Other fine tracks included are from musical associations with Martin Mulvihill, Cherish the Ladies, Jerry O'Sullivan and button box player John Whelan.

After the success of "Celtic Colours Festival" in October, a sense of the quality of artistes appearing at the festival can be sampled on this collection. With the festival being held on Cape Breton Island, the fiddle is well represented and is featured on tracks from Buddy MacMaster, The Barra MacNeils, Jerry Holland, Alex Francis MacKay, Ashley MacIsaac and Natalie MacMaster, and that's just some of the home team. There are songs from J.P.Cormier, Pamela Morgan and Mary Jane Lamond; piping from Paul MacNeil and Jamie MacInnis and some fine guitar work from Dave MacIsaac. Québecois music and song can be heard from André Marchand, Lisa Ornstein and Normand Miron while the traditions of Prince Edward Island are upheld by that lively band, Barachois.

Some of the players and singers heard on this album will be touring in Britain this year - judging from the standards on this CD, they will be welcomed with open arms!

Peter Fairbairn

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This album was reviewed in Issue 26 of The Living Tradition magazine.