El Agua de la Vida

El Agua de la Vida

by Salsa CelticaSalsa Celtica


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The name of this band is liable to raise misleading expectations, so let's take care of those first of all: If you approach this album expecting a melting-pot fusion of Celtic and Cuban musical styles, you will be disappointed (or, perhaps, relieved). What this band is really offering is Cuban music, in the middle of which you will occasionally be able to discern a fiddle, plectrum banjo, or whistle skirling out an Irish or Scottish melody. On tunes like "Cumbia Celtica" and "Whiskey con Ron," especially, the banjo and Uillean pipes have sort of a stapled-on feeling, as if they were thrown into the mix at the last moment and are having to take care not to be trampled by the big horn section and multi-layered Latin percussion. In short, this band's music is far more "salsa" than "Celtica." But really, so what? What matters is that the album rocks, swings, and bops relentlessly. This is one of the most exhilarating albums of the year; if "Sol de la Noche" and "Maestro" don't have you dancing around your living room with fruit on your head, you need your pulse checked, and the band's headlong take on "Auld Lang Syne" is both hilarious and brilliant. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2003
Label: Compass Records
UPC: 0766397436128
catalogNumber: 974361
Rank: 177087

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Salsa Celtica   Primary Artist
Toby Shippey   Trumpet,Coro
Roland Perrin   Piano
Phil Alexander   Piano
Chimp Robertson   Bongos,Bells,Coro
Lino Rocha   Percussion,Vocals,Coro
Fraser Fifield   Pipe,Saxophone,Human Whistle
Kenny Fraser   Violin,Tres
Steve Kettley   Flute,Saxophone
Eamonn Coyne   Tenor Banjo,Guitar (Tenor)
Tommy Beavitt   Coro
Riley Briggs   Coro
Javier Chernicoff   Percussion,Timbales
David Donnelly   Bass,Coro
Chris Greive   Trombone
Dougie "El Pulpo" Hudson   Conga
Richard Fernández Pompa   Percussion,Vocals,Coro
Ryan Quigley   Trumpet,Coro
Emeris Solis   Conga
Chris Stout   Violin
John Somerville   Accordion

Technical Credits

Jim Sutherland   Producer
Stuart Hamilton   Engineer
Toby Shippey   Arranger
Andy Shaw   Cover Photo
Tommy Beavitt   Contributor

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