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.
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.
Thanks for all the suggestions so far-- I'm making a list. Craig
For world beat try Afro Celt Sound System. Very good recordings.
Hey Craig, do you like any "harder" Celtic influenced music ??? I do agree that Loreena Mc has some great stuff. Not real familiar with most of the other stuff mentioned though. Sean
I'm a avid listener of most of what's listed above. Wanted to add a few more for your review, listed in order of being a favorite, but all are great to my ear. I have most of the albums issued by each group below but have listed just my favorite of their cds.
Dead Can Dance - Into the Labyrinth
Lisa Gerrard - Duality
Deuter - Sun Spirit
Trance Planet - Volumn 2
Winds of Warning
Kitaro - Dream
Bel Canto - Shimmering Warm & Bright
Himekami - Moonwater
Mythos - Mythos
Delerium - Poem
Hisham - Somewhere in a Dream
Vollenweider - Caverna Magica
October Project - October Project
Do not like Oct. Proj. second album - Falling Further In.
Vas - In The Garden of Souls
Angelite - Mann
Kate Bush - Hounds of Love

Hope some of these put a smile on your face.