Our Favorite Recently Released Celtic Music Albums

June 9, 2014 by Admin

Below we present a list (not in any particular order) of our favorite Celtic music albums released during the first three months of 2014. We highly recommend each of them. To qualify for this list, an album had to be a new release (not a re-release) in either January, February, or March of 2014, feature music with a clear Celtic (or largely Celtic) style or influence, and be available for purchase on either iTunes, Amazon.com, or CDBaby.com. In selecting these five albums from many possibilities, we applied the same rigorous standards that we use in choosing music for play on GAIA Prime Radio. So if you enjoy the music we play on our station, we are confident that you will enjoy the music on these albums as well. Click on the album title or CD cover image and you will be taken to iTunes where you can listen to samples of music from that album and/or purchase it.

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Celtic Garden – David Arkenstone

With three Grammy Award nominations, twenty Billboard hits, and millions of fans worldwide, David Arkenstone is arguably one of the finest contemporary instrumental musicians of our time. He has recorded over thirty albums, toured extensively including performances at New York’s Radio City Music Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, scored dozens of films and documentaries, and even composed music for the Olympics. Much of his music has a decidedly edge or feel.

His newest album, Celtic Garden, also features the violin of David Davidson and the vocals of Charlee Brooks, and is a tribute to the music of Sarah Brightman, Enya, Celtic Woman, Secret Garden, and other Celtic inspired musicians. It is filled with bright, cheerful music, certain to lift your spirits and bring a smile to your face as you sing or hum along.

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Fantasy Journey: Celtic Collection – BrunuhVille

BrunuhVille is an independent composer from Portugal who creates a world of magic and fantasy with a fusion of orchestral, Celtic, Gothic, ethnic and World music. A large portion of the proceeds from sale of BrunuhVille’s music is donated to Charity: Water, a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. This particular album is a compilation of twenty-seven individual works of fantasy music filled with Celtic and Medieval themes.

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Libertas – Adrian Von Ziegler

Adrian von Ziegler is an independent composer/musician, book author and amateur philologist who lives in Zürich, Switzerland. He was born on the 25th December 1989. His music is typically keyboard intensive and very much influenced by classical, neo-classical, and dark wave music genres with strong Celtic, Medieval, Viking, and Fantasy influences. Libertas is a trip through imagination land with orchestral, rock and Celtic influences. A new story unfolds with each song.

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Rebirth – BrunuhVille

BrunuhVille is an independent composer from Portugal who creates a world of magic and fantasy with a fusion of orchestral, Celtic, ethnic and World music. A large portion of the proceeds from sale of BrunuhVille’s music is donated to Charity: Water, a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. This particular album is a compilation of eighteen fantasy music works, some of which are duplicated from the Fantasy Journey: Celtic Collection Album listed above. Again, the music leans toward orchestral, with some Celtic influence, but also perhaps more New Age, ethnic and World music influence on this album than on the Fantasy Journey album.

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Scintilla – An Danzza

“An Danzza” is an Independent music project conducted by Andrés Campuzano and with a variety of artist collaborations. They feature “old” instruments combined with symphonic sounds to create a deep and mystical atmosphere – inspired by ancient cultures, especially Celtic and Renaissance, nature, legends, emotive romances, epic and symphonic themes, chants for heroes fallen long ago, and hymns to nature.

Coming Soon: Our favorite “Contemporary Instrumental: Multi-Instrumental” albums released in the first three months of 2014.

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