Putumayo World Music presents Celtic Café, a collection that celebrates the powerful singer-songwriter movement and the burgeoning café culture in Ireland and Scotland. Cafés in Dublin, Edinburgh and the rest of the Celtic world have become alternative outposts to the archetypal pub; both are ideal settings to enjoy acoustic Celtic music. Celtic Café features exceptional Irish and Scottish artists performing contemporary Celtic music often rooted in ancient tradition. The collection also includes a recipe for the classic Irish coffee, a beverage that provides a perfect blend of pub and café drinks.
The collection opens with one of Ireland’s most celebrated musicians, Michael McGoldrick, whose wide musical range has helped him harness the diverse rhythms of Celtic music while pushing into new sonic realms. McGoldrick is followed by Dougie MacLean, one of Scotland’s most beloved singer-songwriters. The lyrics of his “Are Ye Sleepin’ Maggie” are based on a poem by legendary Scottish poet Robert Tannahill (1774-1810).
Also from Scotland, Capercaillie is one of the most popular and influential bands in the country thanks to their pioneering efforts to fuse traditional Gaelic music with modern technology and pop music. Their featured track “Him Bò” is inspired by traditional songs sourced from the Gaelic song archive of the School of Scottish Studies. The old Irish song “Star of the County Down”, performed here by the Irish duo, The Baileys, has been recorded by scores of artists including Van Morrison.
The lyrics of “The Parting Glass” may stretch as far back as the early 1600s and are sung here by Cara Dillon, an Irish singer-songwriter who’s become a successful solo artist since her days in the indie band Equation. Popular young Scottish group, Mànran puts their unique blending of traditional and contemporary styles on the Gaelic love song “An Eala Bhàn” (The White Swan). It was composed by Scottish poet and musician Dòmhnall Ruadh Chorùna while fighting in France during World War I. He wrote of home and the woman he loved, wondering from his cold trench if he would ever see her again.
Putumayo World Music was established in 1993 to introduce people to the music of the world’s cultures. The label was started as an offshoot of the Putumayo clothing and handicraft company, after its founder, Dan Storper, was surprised by the extraordinary response to the international music he had begun playing in his stores. Putumayo’s meticulously researched and curated musical journeys were so successful that, in 1997, Storper sold the clothing company so he could focus his attention on the music business. For the past 21 years, Putumayo has been known for its joyful compilations of great international music that support the company’s motto: “Guaranteed to make you feel good!”
Putumayo’s distinctive CD covers feature the colorful art of British illustrator Nicola Heindl, whose folkloric style illuminates the company’s mission: to connect the traditional and the contemporary through music and art. By combining appealing music and striking visual aesthetics with creative retail marketing, Putumayo has developed a unique brand identity, a rarity in today’s artist-based music industry.
Putumayo is considered a music industry pioneer and leader in developing the non-traditional retail market and has built a global network of more than 5,000 book, gift, craft, clothing, health food and other specialty retailers that play its music and sell its CDs. Storper’s vision of establishing a global company and lifestyle brand has been furthered with offices in the Europe, Latin America and Australia and distribution in more than 80 countries.
The company’s commitment to helping communities in the countries where the music originates has led to the label contributing more than one million dollars to non-profit organizations around the world.
1.Michael McGoldrick - "Waterbound" - (Ireland)
2.Dougie MacLean - "Are Ye Sleepin' Maggie?" - (Scotland)
3.Capercaillie - "Him Bò" - (Scotland)
4.The Baileys - "Star of the County Down" - (Ireland)
5.Cara Dillon - "The Parting Glass" - (Ireland)
6.Mànran - "An Eala Bhàn" - (Scotland)
7.Finbar Furey - "School Days Over" - (Ireland)
8.Old Blind Dogs - "Braw Sailin’" - (Scotland)
9.Calum Stewart - "Looking at a Rainbow Through a Dirty Window" - (Scotland)
10.Battlefield Band - "Tramps & Hawkers" - (Scotland)
Publisher: Putumayo World Music
Publication Date: February 17, 2015