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Glen Lyon: A Song Cycle (re-masttered)


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  • Audio CD
  • ASIN: B005QB5FDK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 325,139 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jun 2003
Format: Audio CD
'Glen Lyon' is Martyn Bennett's first release since the industrial-folk of 'Hardland', and you couldn't ask for two more different albums. Bennett has gone right back to his roots for a 15 track exploration not only of his own family's musical heritage, but also of Gaelic Scottish culture.
Bennett's family figures heavily - almost all the tracks are sung by his mother, Margaret, with help on one track from her mother Peigi Stewart. Also included on a couple of tracks are recordings of Bennett's own great-great-grandfather, Peter Stewart, recorded on wax cylinder in 1910. The tracks are all in gaelic, but for the non-gaelic speaking listener the detailed sleeve notes make the songs accessible.
Margaret Bennett's performance is one of effortless quality, and to add to her talent there are a host of samples which her son has gathered on his travels around the west coast of Scotland and further afield. The reaping song, Buain a' Choirce, is brought vividly to life using samples from a 1920s threshing machine, and a sampled bee buzzing gives the track Uamh an Oir (Cave of Gold) a distinctly otherwordly and slightly unsettling feel. Perhaps one of the most memorable tracks is Oran nam mogaisean (Indian moccasin song), featuring sampled Native American chanting overlaid onto a song from Newfoundland - stirring stuff.
All in all, anyone listening to 'Glen Lyon' can feel they're experiencing an album into which a lot of thought, love and attention has gone. All too often, attempts to bring fresh life to traditional folk music can end up sounding contrived, but Martyn Bennett has once again delivered an album which is both engaging and a pleasure to listen to.
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Beautiful and moving collaboration. Particularly a few belters of light folky song over heavy Martyn Bennett beats and fiddle,pipes, whistle... Great mix of traditional with modern heavy and raw. Genius family.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Currie on 20 April 2009
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Of all the Martyn Bennett albums, this is far and away the most rooted in traditional Gaelic song, and it is clearly a highly personal venture that traces the generational evolution of Bennett's own musical background. For anyone who, like me, was drawn to Bennett through his earlier albums, such as his eponymous first album and his breakthrough Bothy Culture, or the later Grit, this album will certainly come as a disappointment.

If, however, you are a fan or traditional Gaelic song and would like to hear some classic old recordings presented with a slightly modern twist, this could be the album for you.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By reneart on 19 Aug 2011
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This recording is unusual and will only appeal to those who are open new experiences with music. I found it enchanting and will keep this one as part of my precious collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
highly recommended 22 Nov 2006
By Edward J. Korber - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a haunting and beautiful recording. It is music to dream by and will be appreciated / enjoyed by anyone who loves celtic culture or folk art.
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Faraoir go raibh an CD seo gan fail 's moran taing go bhfuil se le fail aris :) 26 Nov 2010
By Thomas F. Hoey - Published on Amazon.com
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Thaitin an CD seo go mor liom. Bhi me da lorg le fada le praghas reasunta air agus b'fhiu an fanacht agus an lorg. Is trua nach bhfuil saothar Martyn Bennet le fail nios easca na ata, agus gur cailleadh e 's gur chaill an domhain e ag aos ro-hog. An oidhreacht ba mho do, da mbeadh a chuid ceoil agus a chuid oibre ar son ceoil daoine "dearmadta" ar fud an domhain, daoine Cheilteacha ina measc, i bhfad nios fusa a fhail agus a chloisteail. "Seanamis cliu an fhir ud" Mairtin go deo, mar a a deirfeadh " a sheinnfeadh Karen Matheson, ta me cinnte.
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