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Karen Ashbrook and Paul Oorts


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

New Age-y instrumental traditional Celtic world music/folk.

Status:

Most recent release, Celtic Cafe (2001)

See also:

Maggie's Music Label site

Comparisons:

Other Celtic instrumentalists

Covers/own material:

Traditional Celtic and Northern European

General comments:

A gentle instrumental Celtic album with a mix of Irish, Scottish, French and Flemish traditions by Karen Ashbrook (hammered dulcimer, wooden flute, pennywhistle) and Paul Oorts (classical guitar, steel-stringed guitar, mandolin, musette accordion, cittern, tenor banjo) + various other instruments by guest artists. (sophiagurley@hotmail.com)

Recommended first album:

Celtic Cafe is the first we've heard

Recordings:

Celtic Cafe (2001)

Celtic Cafe

Release info:

2001—Maggie's Music—MM224

Availability:

See Maggie's Music site for availability

Ecto priority:

Recommended/

Group members:

Karen Ashbrook—hammered dulcimer, wooden flute, pennywhistle
Paul Oorts—classical guitar, steel-stringed guitar, mandolin, musette accordion, cittern, tenor banjo

Guest artists:

Andrea Hoag—fiddled on 3 tracks
Bonnie Rideout—Scottish fiddle, viola on 6 tracks
Mark Hillmann—uilleann pipes
Bobby Read—woodwinds, sporano sax on 1 track
Dwight Purvis—French horn
Ralph Gordon—blass
Dave Wiesler—piano
Paddy League—bodhran, snare drum, concertina, percussion

Produced by:

Bob Read

Comments:

Restful—even the lively tracks. Great for relaxing listening, though the musicians are so good it also rewards close attention. Any fan of Celtic-flavoured music will enjoy this. Tracks like "Style Musette" add different sounds (here French). (sophiagurley@hotmail.com)

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