Various Gaelic Voices

Opening with the Scottish duo Sileas, who develop the waulking (working) song, “Laill Leathag,” into call and response patterns that move from the lyrical to the strident, this collection of contemporary Celtic music will thrill anyone interested by the authentic roots music revival now in full swing in Scotland and Ireland. From the brash tribal rhythms of the Irish band Kila, to Niamh Parsons, whose “Fear a Bhata” conveys an ache of longing that is the essence of love, Gaelic Voices abounds in musical treasures. (Green Linnet)