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by The Compadres (James Keelaghan & Oscar Lopez)

Folk, Flamenco Fusion
Genre: Latin: General
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bump Me Up (To First Class)
5:02 $0.99
2. Lamentos
3:14 $0.99
3. Mi Vida
4:02 $0.99
4. Why Don't You Just Grow Up
3:09 $0.99
5. Coast to Coast
6:05 $0.99
6. The Kiss (Saskatoon)
4:05 $0.99
7. Follow Me Up There, Carlos
4:00 $0.99
8. Chiquilina
3:31 $0.99
9. Spanish is the Loving Tongue
4:54 $0.99
10. La Espanola
3:39 $0.99
11. Red River Rising
4:22 $0.99
12. Brave Soul
6:01 $0.99
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Album Notes
Oscar Lopez's Latin guitar groove has made him a standout on the world music scene. Never afraid to venture into different genres, Lopez easily incorporates jazz, blues, and even pop sensibilities into his music.

For James Keelaghan the inspiration is boundless in the songs he collects or composes himself. Many of his songs are narratives and weave fascinating stories. James’ vocals resonate with the passion of those stories. His guitar work is especially intricate and captivating.

It is a wonderful occasion when these two individual soloists and multiple award-winning guitar players and friends team up in their special project known as The Compadres. The Compadres music takes you on a musical journey and ranges from instrumentals to heavenly harmonies to the highly danceable. Songs like ‘Bump Me Up’ and “Lamentos’ motivate you to dance in the same way as the Gypsy Kings. Then sit back and listen to tracks like ‘Coast to Coast’ and feel the passion in their music. ‘The Kiss’ takes you in another direction of folk and melody.

Keelaghan and Lopez have been performing off and on as The Compadres since 1993. Their fist CD together in 1997 was a Juno nominated critics’ favourite and the long overdue follow-up is sure to continue in that tradition. Their music together is described as ‘celtino’, a distinctive blend of Celtic and Latino flourishes that combine to create a new hybrid. The duo is ‘a Canadian story, different cultures coming together to create something truly unique’.

Accolades for James and Oscar include multiple Juno awards, sell out shows at the Jack Singer Hall, Calgary, to a live performance at the Lincoln Centre in New York. 2007 saw them performing in a critically acclaimed tour of Australia.



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J. A. (Tony) Angus

I walked into A & B Sound in Victoria and bought this CD because they were playing it. It has become one of my all-time favorites. My original CD disappeared so I've replaced it with another as a gift for a friend who saw the Compadres live in Victoria a few months ago.

Juliana McCorison

They were great the first time I saw them, they are great now. We saw them again tonight in Victoria, BC and I smiled all the way through their sets. This is one of my favorite CD's and their new one is wonderful too!

Neil MacTavish

The Compadres
I bought this on the strength of one song I heard on the Radio. "Spanish is the Loving Tongue" is a delightful mix of James rich voice and Oscars guitar. It is really excellent. As a player I intend to add a variation of this arrangement to my own set. The album is an interesting mix of styles which is easy to listen to. "The Kiss" is probably the other really strong track.I will actively listen to more of their material.