Wildgeese | Celtic Music of the Northwest (Reissue) [Feat. Randal Bays, Bill Bulick, Kate Power, Jim Chapman & Barry Crannell]

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Celtic Music of the Northwest (Reissue) [Feat. Randal Bays, Bill Bulick, Kate Power, Jim Chapman & Barry Crannell]

by Wildgeese

Portland, Oregon Celtic music at its peak in 1983, a re-release of the rare Wildgeese recording "Celtic Music of the Northwest" produced by Michéal ÓDómhnaill and featuring Randal Bays, Bill Bulick, Kate Power, Jim Chapman and Barry Crannell is available!
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Planxty Charles O'Connor / Kitty's Wedding / Sonny Brogan's
4:15 $0.99
2. I Wish My Love Was a Red, Red Rose
3:28 $0.99
3. Star Above the Garter / Saint Patrick's Day
3:08 $0.99
4. Anach Cuain / The Blacksmith
7:39 $0.99
5. Bush in Bloom / Maud Miller / Russ' Favorite / John in the Fog
4:03 $0.99
6. Bridget O' Malley
4:51 $0.99
7. Ryan's / Scotch Mary / Sweeney's Dream
2:48 $0.99
8. Undressed Melody
3:22 $0.99
9. Mist Covered Mountain / Monaghan's Jig
4:49 $0.99
10. Verdant Braes of Screen
4:35 $0.99
11. Wheels of the World / Maid in the Cherry Tree / Speed the Plow
4:47 $0.99
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Album Notes
The missing master of the out-of-print recording, "Wildgeese: Celtic Music of the Northwest" featuring Randal Bays, Bill Bulick, Kate Power, Jim Chapman and Barry Crannell, produced by Mícheál ÓDomhnaill and engineered by Michael O'Rourke at Grass Roots studio in Portland 1983, was rediscovered by friend of the band, Alan Garren, in 2007. Although there was some degradation when the tape was played back, it was salvagable. We decided to do what could be done to preserve the recording. The unmistakable touch of the master in the Mícheál ÓDomhnaill mix remained reverently untouched during the restoration and now the reissue of the original Wildgeese debut album is ready to share.

Please visit the Wildgeese blog (http://wildgeesepdx1983.wordpress.com) for music and memories that speak to the vibrant culture and rich music community in Portland, Oregon and its Celtic bloom during the time when this beautiful recording was rendered. We welcome your memories, comments, social sharing and participation as we re-release this musical timepiece. Please visit and share at http://wildgeesepdx1983.wordpress.com


The arrival of two of Ireland's finest musicians to Portland, Oregon - Bothy Band's fiddler, Kevin Burke , and leading-edge dadgad guitarist, Michéal O'Domhnaill stirred the Irish music scene to a lather in the wee hours of the Monday night sessions at the East Avenue Tavern on E. Burnside in the early 1980s. One outcome was the formation of the band Wildgeese who brought stepdancers to their feet and charmed the hearts of the Pacific Northwest for a rich but fleeting couple of years. The finale of the collaboration between musicians Randal Bays, Kate Power, Bill Bulick, Barry Crannell, Jim Chapman and friend and producer, Mícheál O Domnaill, resulted in a beautiful recording: Wildgeese, Celtic Music of the Northwest in 1983. Mícheál's production of the album was a gift to the Portland musicians whom he had mentored during those years. In tribute to an exquisite chapter in the cultural life of Portland, and the inspirational mastery of a great friend, Mícheál Ó Domnaill (October 7, 1951 – July 7, 2006), we would like to share this recording once more for the enduring enjoyment of all.



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