The leading ladies of Irish music come together on one album in a new collection of the best of their work. From the internationally renowned Dolores Keane and Reel Union to Galway singer Dolly McMahon, this CD brings a taste of Ireland’s vocal femininity with a ten-track compilation. On Claddagh Records. For details, call (212) 248-5900.
CELTIC KNOTWORK HANDBOOK
If you have ever wanted to try your hand at the intricate knotting patterns unique to Celtic design, then here’s a book that will guide you through from the basic materials and tools to complex mitred corners and Zoomorphic designs. This color book features concise plots for more than 200 designs. Sterling Publishing, New York. 168 pp. $12.95.
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MORE BREAD OR I’LL APPEAR
From the author of “Breakfast in Babylon,” this newly issued paperback introduces an Irish family unlike any other. When her father is stricken with the doubting disease and her brother survives a string of near-death misses, Keelin must search for her missing sister. Her travels take her through the bars of Tokyo and in and out of the lives of her siblings in New York, London and Central America. Anchor Books, Random House. 271 pp. $12.
THE STORY OF IRISH DANCE
A concise history of the recent international cultural phenomenon of Irish dance. Authoritative yet accessible, this book takes the reader through the early dance customs of medieval Ireland, into the development of 19th century patterns and attempts to explain how dance has formed a new national culture. A consultant for Riverdance, Brennan brings a wealth of colorful anecdotes to inject life into the history of dance. Brandon Books. 188 pp. $25.95. Call Irish Books and Media at (612) 871-3505.