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Celtic New Age Music

Celtic New Age music can be hard to define. The Irish and Scots artists featured here combine the sounds of their Celtic tradition with a wide variety of other traditions from around the world, along with modern electronic synthesization techniques and traditional acoustic instruments, such as Uilleann pipes and harps, to create a unique sound that speaks to the heart.

From Enya and Clannad to Loreena McKennitt and Dagda, there is sure to be music here that will soothe your soul.

Buy Celtic New Age Music CDs
Mystic Dance : A Celtic Celebration
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Mystic Dance: A Celtic Celebration (2004)
Maggie Sansone

Maggie Sansone is the world's foremost hammered dulcimer musician. Mystic Dance is an extraordinary collection themed to a celebration of love and romance. The album includes 13th century medieval music, jigs, reels from the ancient Celtic lands of Northumberland, Wales, Ireland and Scotland; mesmerizing improvisations on the Persian santur, duets with both dulcimers, Celtic harp music by legendary! Irish bards Rory Dall O’Cathain (1570-1650) and Turlough O’Carolan (1670-1738) and a Celtic Wedding Set.
Paint the Sky with Stars
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Paint the Sky with Stars: The Best of Enya (1997)

A wonderful introduction to Irish musician Enya if you are among the (few, by now) people who haven't yet heard the most popular Celtic New Age artist in the world. She composes, she sings, she plays - all very beautifully. From her earliest CD (Watermark, released in 1988) on through her first three, this album provides a wide selection of songs.

You may also like: Only Time - The Collection (2002), the best of Enya on four CDs (includes Silent Night, May It Be) in a beautiful purple velvet gift box set.
Clannad Greatest Hits
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Clannad: Greatest Hits (2000)

Ireland's most well-known Celtic band, they are Enya's family - an incredibly gifted family. Originally (pre-80s), they did traditional, acoustic Irish folk. Since then, they've defined the Celtic New Age musical movement. This CD has a blend of Celtic (many of these are the also on their Rogha: The Best of Clannad CD) and New Age songs. A good way to hear what they are like and decide what other albums you want.
The Book of Secrets
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The Book of Secrets (1997)
Loreena McKennitt

McKennitt composes music fusing the Celtic with many other traditions and lyrics that reflect a true seeker's heart. With each CD, she stretches her skills into new areas, including musical narrative (as the bards once did). The Book of Secrets includes her rendition of the poem The Highwayman, powerfully sung.
So Strong
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So Strong (2002)
The Celtic Tenors

These fellows sing (quite well) the songs of various contemporary composers (ranging from Michel Legrand to Phil Coulter to Roy Orbison) with a Celtic flavor. Undemanding and a pleasure to listen to, this CD will give you an idea of the Celtic sound.
Hibernia : Story of Ireland
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Hibernia: Story of Ireland (2002)

Dagda performs hauntingly beautiful New Age music based on ancient Celtic myth. Wonderful stuff - go and take a listen (this CD has MP3 downloads at Amazon). Other great Dagda CDs include Celtic Trance (1999), "trance rhythms interwoven with...Celtic mysticism" and Sleeping with the Gods of Love (2001), more low-key and easy listening.
Sons of Somerled
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Sons of Somerled (1996)
Steven MacDonald

Scotsman MacDonald's rich deep voice combines with modern instrumentation (and pipes, of course) in this tribute to the men of Scotland. Scottish Celtic and traditional mix of songs (including Loch Lomond and Scotland the Brave) reworked into a modern sound.
Whisper to the Wild Water
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Whisper to the Wild Water (1999)
Maire Brennan

Brennan is lead singer for Clannad and Enya's sister. This is a beautiful album incorporating more of a Celtic instrumentation and flavor, along with some very lovely Christian spiritual elements. Sure to lift your spirits.
Dawn of a New Century
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Dawn of a New Century (1999)
Secret Garden

Irish violinist Fionuala Sherry and Norwegian keyboardist Rolf Lovland are Secret Garden - one of the most popular Celtic New Age groups around. On this terrific CD, which includes a guest performance by Karen Matheson, the duo show off their talents, branching out into new territory without losing their strong Celtic and Norse roots.
Daughters of the Celtic Moon
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Daughters of the Celtic Moon (1998)
Lisa Lynne

Not only is the cover art to die for, but the compositions are absolutely breathtaking. Go and listen for yourself to Lisa Lynne's lyrical, soothing New Age Celtic harp melodies, you'll be so glad you did.
Lake of Shadows
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Lake of Shadows (2001)
Phil Coulter

Phil Coulter is synonymous with piano-playing, easy listening tunes with a Celtic theme. Lake of Shadows is a beautifully evocative album that brings the bittersweet beauty and tragedy of Ireland and Coulter's personal memories to life.