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Contemporary and New Age

Haunting and evocative, passionate and rollicking. The best in Celtic rock and Celtic- or medieval-flavored New Age, featuring well-known veterans and talented newcomers to the genre.

  • Anam by ClannadAnam
    Clannad

    Engaging new age Irish music, with a mix of upbeat rhythms and haunting Celtic melodies sung in Gaelic and English. Includes a duet with Bono of U2.

  • Worldes BlysseWorldes Blysse
    Mediaeval Babes

    Thirteen member women's chorus whose performers are obviously having the times of their lives singing traditional medieval plainsong. Accompanied by instruments of the era.

  • Shadow of TimeShadow of Time
    Nightnoise

    Soothing new age Celtic instrumentals with an occasional vocal by Triona Ni Dhomhnaill of Relativity. Twelve evocative, ethereal and rousing tracks.

  • The Half TailThe Half Tail
    Wolfstone

    The brief sound samples available online don't do justice to this lineup of instrumentals and vocals by Scots band Wolfstone. From the amazing Gillies with its symphony-like movements, to the smooth segues of Granny Hogg's Enormous Wallet, to the haunting Glenglass, this is a matchless Celtic rock album.

  • Irish HeartbeatIrish Heartbeat
    Van Morrison with The Chieftains

    This pairing of veteran folk-rocker Van Morrison with Ireland's most prolific Celtic recording artists couldn't be better, from the foot-tapping Star of the County Down to the melancholy Carrickfergus.

  • The Merry Sisters of FateThe Merry Sisters of Fate
    Lunasa

    Contemporary Irish tunes with a traditional feel. Eleven instrumental tracks, played on fiddle, flute, uilleann pipes, bass and guitar.

  • The Celtic Book of DaysThe Celtic Book of Days
    David Arkenstone

    Magical melodies and harmonies create a perfect balance between the acoustic and electric pieces, which are rooted in traditional Irish music.

  • Daughters of the Celtic MoonDaughters of the Celtic Moon
    Lisa Lynn

    Collection of traditional-sounding melodies performed on harp with flute and other acoustic instruments.

  • The Book of SecretsThe Book of Secrets
    Loreena McKennitt

    Haunting vocals and melodies combine for a mystical offering evoking times gone by in exotic soundscapes. Original pieces by contemporary Canadian composer Loreena McKennitt.