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VARIOUS ARTISTS - Masters Of Their Craft

VARIOUS ARTISTS - Masters Of Their Craft
Tara Music TARACD3039

Over their many years in music production, Tara Music have recorded some of the best and biggest names in Irish music. Many of these performers started their professional careers with Tara and this compilation reflects the wealth of talent that have passed through their doors. Christy Moore, Planxty, Clannad, Stockton's Wing and Davy Spillane amongst many others all started their recording careers with Tara and, as we all know, the rest is history!

As compilations go, this is a varied collection – from the classic sound of Planxty's Smeceno Horo to the classical sound of Shaun Davey's May We Never Have To Say Goodbye and all points in between. There is plenty here to suit all tastes - the rocky piping of The Storm by Davy Spillane, the fun of a live version of The Craic Was 90 In The Isle Of Man from a very young sounding Christy Moore, the clarity of Liam O'Flynn and Carlos Nunez's piping in Muiñeira De Poio / Muiñeira De Ourense, timeless tracks like Mhórag's Na Horo Gheallaidh from Clannad and many, many more.

Plenty of other greats are featured on the CD - Moving Hearts, Rita Connolly, Nollaig Casey and Arty McGlynn.

The liner notes give us information on the original albums from which the tracks are taken, along with some background information on the artists themselves.

Altogether a superb collection - 18 tracks of some of the best ground breaking artists of their time, many of whom continue to greatly influence the direction of Irish music today. Well done to Tara Music for what is a great sampler of their back catalogue.

Jim Byrne

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This album was reviewed in Issue 97 of The Living Tradition magazine.