Naturally, I get all my advice about Celtic music I should try from a Texas Jew, the irrepressible Chuck Bloom of Plano. Chuck sent me last week a couple of discs, which I’ve been trying to get burned to my iPhone. This morning I said the heck with it, and brought one of them in the car with me to listen on the way to work. It’s this amazing live album from a Canadian group called Vishten, which blends French Acadian music with Irish music (it’s easy to forget that the Bretons are Celts too). It really does sound like what you’d get if you crossed Beausoleil with the Chieftains — and it’s pretty fantastic stuff. Here’s a link to the disc I’m listening to, “Live.” And here they are in performance:Chuck, thank you. Terry Mattingly, attention!

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