Fourth in the family of Celtic Twilight recordings, Celtic Planet is an ambitious, charming, and at times surprising collection of Celtic-inspired music from around the globe. Spain’s Celtic-cultured Galician region is represented by the band Fia Na Roca’s pipe on “Ou Sube a Terra ou Baixa O Ceo” and by flautist Carlos Nunez‘s “Two Shores,” quite effectively combining Ry Cooder‘s flavorful guitar playing with soaring flute melody and accordion. Indian singer Sheila Chandra‘s “Lament of McCrimmon” from Roots and Wings is based on her mastery of drone tones, and “White Wings,” an elegant emotive piece utilizing a string quartet and bass recorder is contributed by Norwegian composer Oystein Sevag. Vocalist Kate Power and vocal ensemble Anuna offer more traditional Celtic balladry, and whistler Joanie Madden leads a group including noted accordionist John Whelan in an arrangement of “The Immigrant.” Roundly refreshing, Celtic Planet is sure to be enjoyed by those familiar and new to the series. –Paige La Grone
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