THE ESSENTIAL LIBRARY
FOR IRISH AMERICANS
This book is, according to its promotional literature, "an instructive, opinionated, annotated list of books for anyone in America who is Irish or Irish at heart. The contents are arranged in broad categories, such as biography and autobiography, history, poetry and fiction, with Llywelyn’s commentary and recommendations. A Forge Book. 320 pp. $15.95.
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This 15-track CD is a collaboration featuring some of the best of American, Scottish and Irish music. Musicians from all over the world gathered in Scotland to jam, pick and sing for several days. The result is this collection from the award-winning BBC television series of the same name, for which the recordings were originally made. Artists include Roseanne Cash, Nanci Griffith, Sharon White, Maura O’Connell, Ricky Skaggs, Paul Brady, Tommy Hayes, Fiona Kennedy, Iain McDonald, Sharon Shannon and others. Celtic Music, (615) 264-8877.
TRADITIONAL CELTIC STORIES
Lindsay Clarke brings to life the romance and spirituality in stories chronicling the myths of the Celtic culture. Although the stories are considered myths, they offer truths about the world of the ancient Celts of Ireland and Wales. From Thorsons, an imprint of HarperCollins. 200 pp. $12.
RAISE YOUR HEAD (A RETROSPECTIVE)
This CD is a retrospective of The Poozies music. The Poozies current lineup consists of Patsy Seddon, Mary Macmaster and Karen Tweed as well as the addition of the great West Coast of Scotland fiddle player and singer Eilidh Shaw. Compass Records, (615) 320-7672 or log onto http://wwwcompassrecords.com.