The Gathering

Various Artists, 1997

This album was recorded live in Cork at Éigse Na Laoi 1995: The Gathering. Like good music which does not want to stop, its end was its beginning. Another round was called, and everyone knew the tune - a tune that spins now like the globe itself, creating a celestial music for all who will listen.


  • This is not Celtic music for the secular: it is a direct experience of a pagan mythos... ...and it makes the hairs on your nape tighten...all the work here has the understatement and deceptive simplicity of complete mastery...This is trans-Celtic music of the purest refinement, woven by masters of the form: Zen Celtic. Time Out, New York (1997) (USA)
  • The talent level is consistently brilliant... ... and the result is a rich and varied audio encyclopedia of today’s living traditions. Dirty Linen (1997) (USA)
  • ...delightful compilation... ...of spirited live performances... Insite (1997) (UK)
  • ..a gathering of souls... ...hearts and hands, in celebration and anticipation. CMJ New Music Report (1997) (USA)
  • album bursting with concert-performance drive and daring. Irish Echo, New York (1997) (USA)
  • ..featuring some of the best traditional players around today... The quality of performance from all the musicians can’t be faulted. The Living Tradition (1997) (UK)