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Following up on the success of his previous recordings, Celtic Crossing and Celtic Sessions, William Coulter once again draws from the rich repertoire of airs and dances from Scotland and Ireland for The Crooked Road. Along with traditional works, Coulter has also selected a number of contemporary compositions for this recording, including a wonderful duet with concertina master Alistair Anderson on Anderson’s “Dog Leap Stairs.”
Coulter is joined on two tracks by virtuoso classical guitarist Benjamin Verdery. Together they perform the Sean Ó Riada classic, “Women of Ireland” and the beautiful Turlogh Ó Carolan air, “Elanor Plunkett.”
Other guest artists include cellist Barry Phillips, Shelley Phillips on oboe and English horn, Lars Johannesson on flute, fiddler Deby Benton Grosjean, Neal Hellman on dulcimer, uilleann piper Todd Denman, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh on whistle and flute, and pianist Paul Machlis.
With Barry Phillips, Shelly Phillips, Mike Marshall, Robin Petrie, Lars Johannesson, Laurie Hart, Neal Hellman, and others. We made several collections of shaker music. The most famous of these tunes, Simple Gifts, was immortalized by Aaron Copland in Appalachian Spring.
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Following the success of The Road Home William Coulter joins a wealth of talented musicians for Celtic Sessions. This stunning disc features Martin Hayes and Alasdair Fraser on fiddle, Seamus Egan on flute and 4-string banjo, Todd Denman on uilleann pipes as well as his long time musical friends Barry and Shelley Phillips, Lars Johannesson, Paul Machlis, Theo Page and Neal Hellman.
“The sounds on this album are pristine; it is beautifully recorded, capturing a range of nuances and gentle moods that are rarely heard on recordings of Celtic music. The arrangements are mostly contemporary, the content traditional and above all else it is musically expressive in a way that helps to redefine the place of the guitar in Celtic Music.” – Martin Hayes
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The Road Home represents William Coulter’s first solo recording since he began exploring Celtic music over twenty years ago. This rich and eclectic collection features selections from Ireland, Brittany, Norway, Portugal and America, as well as original compositions. This elegant collection is a personal offering of beautiful music performed by one of the world’s finest acoustic guitarists.
Celtic Crossing is available from Gourd Records
Here I’m joined by Shelley and Barry Phillips, Irish fiddler extraordinaire Kevin Burke, and others. The tunes include beloved traditionals The Lark in the Morning, Si bheag, Si mhor, Banish Misfortune, Lagan Love, The Kesh Jig and Return to Fingal. You’ll also find unexpected treasures including the lullaby Einini*, Ay Linda Amiga from Celtic Spain, and the Victorian Marble Halls.
*Featured on the Narada Sampler Celtic Legacy.
I also published a book of arrangements for these tunes. It’s also available at Gourd Music.