Celtic Music for Violin by Jessica Walsh has 40 pieces in this collection ranging from lovely portraits to lively jigs. They come from traditions including Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and Manx, and span several hundred years. The unique personality and sound of the violin complements them all. A few of the tunes are more than 400 years old; some are new. All have that inexplicable but necessary magic, the quality which draws the player to begin the tune again, just one more time... Whether a lilt, love song, or lament, each melody in this collection is a gem; many are sure to become cherished favorites. The accompanying Play-Along CD includes all the tunes in the same order in which they appear in the book. This CD features separate channels for violin and guitar so that the violin player can play along with the guitar accompaniment. Allan Alexander artfully renders the chords on guitar, providing a harmonic tapestry over which the melodies float. ©2008, Book & CD.