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Here's a short list of "do's and don'ts" when buying Celtic music in Israel:
The ranking is from 5 dragons (it's damn good and buy it even in the Israeli price) to one dragon (it sucks and don't listen to it even if they pay you for). We give high ranking for quality, originality and "Celticness" and low rankings for lameness, "over-popness" and banal material.

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Riverdance and Lord of the Dance soundtracks are good places to start. the music is lifefull and will drift you deep into the Irish realms, if you're not there already. Both CD's are great and win 5 dragons!
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Silly Wizard's "Life Wizardy", is a live CD of a liveful band! Silly Wizard is a group of 5 men with a lot of talent, cheerful spirit and storng accent... makes you feel like inside a good old Irish bar! Wonderful CD, and very special too... 5 dragons!
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"Her infinite variety", a collection of Celtic female artist (double CD), is the best collection of Celtic music we've found so far. It's also very representative to this kind of music, since it contains a lot of classic Celtic pieces. A great collection that wins 5 dragons also!
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Another fine feminine mixture: The Chieftains "Tears of stone" is a collection of great female singers escorting the Chieftain's Irish music.
You'll find some of the world greatest singeresses in this album, in a divine Irish wrap. A must for everyone who can appreciate fine singing. Wins 5 dragons plus a warm recommendation!
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Loreena McKennitt's "Book of secrets". here's an album that can tell apart the good from the best. Loreena is considered the singer all new celtic singers imitate - and for a good reason. This new album of hers is a most divine piece, containing both excellent celtic ballads and wolrd music, with a strong medittereanian touch! It's also a very special album, with a strong dramatic tone and long tracks. (one is 10 min.!)
Listen to "The Highwayman" - the best ballad Vince have heard his entire life. Wins 5 dragons easily, plus the editorial favorite prize for last month!
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New entry: Susan McKeown's "Bushes & Briars". a fine singer from the school of Loreena McKennith which pushes to the limit her amazing voice. Great Celtic songs bringing the best of Irish dramatic singing. Touched my heart... Only one problem: it's a very rare jewel. Wins 5 dragons plus the editorial favorite prize for this month!
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The "Feet of flames" soundtrack: Almost as good as the original, including some outstanding new features - flute (Michael is a damn good flutter!), Latin monks singing and some mean violin duets. Surprisingly, it does not include all the tracks, just the new ones, so it isn't a copy of the LOTD soundtrack! The only drawback is that is, after all, a sequel, and not as original and surprising as the first - wins 4 dragons easily.
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Eileen Ivers "Crossing the bridge": The Riverdance's violinist in an album of her own, combining Celtic and world music with a jazzish touch. Most of the tracks are excellent, but few are lame - wins 4 dragons.
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A rare and precious jewel: Mellow Candle - "Swaddling songs". An almost unknown band with two (!) leading female singers and a very unique folk/jazzish/rockish style. Excellent, but not for everyone. Available only in specialized stores. Wins 4 dragons.
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Clannad's "Landmarks" is a very good album that even most people will find appealing because of it's popular "Enya-like" style, but it still keeps a unique Celtic sound for those of us who like it. A good album to start digging the into soft Celtic music. Wins 4 dragons for good combination of popularity and uniqueness.
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Clannad's "Banba", on the other hand, is too much a drift in the popular "Enya"-ish direction, although it's still fairly good. One dragon penalty for this, so it wins only 3 dragons.
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"Legacy of the Scotish Harpers" is very nice and relaxing, but not very interesting - something to hear as backgroud when you're doing something else, or going to sleep. 3 dragons.
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The Corrs' "Talk on corners" is a fine combination of pop and Irish jig. some people, however, will find the pop too sweet and "popish" for this kind of music. Wins 3 dragons, although some tracks definitely ranks 5.
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The Waterboys' "Room to roam" is a reminder of this band's folkish era, and a good representative to Scottish folk music, in a soft rockish wrap. Good, but not outstanding - 3 dragons.
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"The Best Celtic Collection Ever" is one of the worst CDs I have ever listened to. How can someone make Celtic music with syntisizer only?! Bad. one dragon for the try and the only tune (out of 40) I liked.
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We'd like to add here a speciall "thanks" to the place most of our CDs came from: Horev Records! This store can be found in Horev Center, which is - how surprising - placed in Horev St., HAIFA.

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