A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the folks at Putumayo bring their usual cross-cultural integrity to this lovely CD, which features some of the best contemporary Celtic musicians around. Take the "Dreamland" label seriously -- this is some excellent, but very sleepy material: Don't play while driving.
What's the story?
CELTIC DREAMLAND, the latest in a series of sweet, sleepy offerings from the resolutely multicultural Putumayo world music label, will effectively serve its intended purpose -- and in a way, that's too bad. The world-class artists appearing here all probably have a few livelier tunes up their sleeves, but you'll have to look elsewhere to find them. The likes of Capercaillie's vocalist Karen Matheson, Mary Jane Lamond, and Seamus Egan contribute the mellowest of vocals in counterpoint to lovely harp solos guaranteed to soothe the crankiest nap-destined toddler. All this, and multilingual bios too, as Putumayo serves up the liner notes in English, Spanish, French, and German (not Gaelic).
Is it any good?
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what musical instruments make a song sound Celtic. Why don't you think you hear a lot of harp solos, for example, in pop music? Try putting this CD on at bedtime, then draw some pictures of your dreams when you wake up the next morning. Do you think the music had any influence on your dreams?