Santiago by The Chieftains
Released: Oct 1996
Label: RCA Victor
This breathy, twittering album sounds like a country dance taking place on some foreign shore -- which, of course, it is. Thanks to a tip off about Galicia, Spain's Celtic heritage, the Chieftains dive into the region's crazy instruments -- wooden planks, ancient pre-violins! -- and wonderful sounds. "Nao Vas Ao Mar, Tonio," "Dueling Chanters" "El Besu" are all winning.
Sarah Bardeen
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