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HEART STRINGS
HEART STRINGS

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The First Lady of Celtic Music: Live, Lilting and Luscious, 3 Oct 2008
This review is from: HEART STRINGS (Audio CD)
Moya Brennan's amazing 16 year solo career has seen 7 studio albums interspersed with a plethora of live performances, bringing the magic to her fans all across the world.

Anyone lucky enough to have seen Moya and her charismatic, superbly talented band (including the De Barra brothers and Sinéad Madden) live in concert will no doubt attest to the amazing vocal harmonies and the diversity of sound from a meld of traditional and contemporary instruments.

Heart Strings captures a veracious reproduction of this live sound and brings the Celtic magic into our homes. Backed by the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for a one-off performance, a special touch is added to the mix for this album.

Whilst the fiddle and the (various) pipes evoke both a heart-wrenching melancholy ('Gone Are the Days') and, at the next moment, an energetic elation ('Alasdair MacColla'), the drums, keyboards and bass kick in to lend a very striking folk-rock sound showing Moya can still pull off a punchy performance reminiscent of the 80s Clannad days.

Of course, the harp is Moya's instrument, backed faithfully by Cormac De Barra- especially prominent on 'Molly Fair'.

My copy of Heart Strings included the encore, 'Harry's Game' which is performed beautifully and delicately as ever. It sounds as fresh as it did on its release in 1982.
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Sun On The Water
Sun On The Water

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Final Stand, 18 July 2005
This review is from: Sun On The Water (Audio CD)
Nearly 5 years after her death, Kirsty returns to the public eye for one last dance.
This single was originally a demo to be found on her anthology "From Croydon to Cuba" and has been remade with the capable talents of Steve Lilywhite.
What a perfect song to conclude your life's work with. Kirsty had a great love for the water often visiting coastal resorts and scuba diving. In this song she conveys the magical and mellow feeling of smelling the fresh ocean air and the beautiful sight of light glistening in the cool water. The feeling of finally being free and to be able to be in the place you love.
This single should do well, becoming the song to accompany a lazy summer sunset as we move into the gorgeous warm season.
I'll be listening to this lying on a hammock under the summer rays raising my glass to Kirsty.


Sean Nos Nua
Sean Nos Nua
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Price: 13.81

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Sinéad Nós-Nua", 20 Oct 2002
This review is from: Sean Nos Nua (Audio CD)
So here she comes, yet again with something fresh and different. Sinéad has to be one of the most versatile artists around, having collaborated with so many others, and taking her own music to new heights.
"Sean Nos Nua" (meaning literally "new old style") outlines that fact that this album, although essentially being covers of traditional Irish songs, is new. Sinéad's outstandingly expressive voice is in fine form throughout this album. From the she-warrior that is 'Oro Se do Beatha Bhaile' to the lamenting whisper evident in 'Peggy Gordon'. There are songs on this album that you'd never thought could be transformed and interpreted as Sinéad has done. I actually shiver to the sound of "cockles and mussels/ alive, alive-o"! And hearing how the girls of Belfast city are pretty no longer causes me to cringe, but to get up and dance.
What more can I say? Sinéad, you never cease to amaze me! :oD


Sean Nos Nua
Sean Nos Nua
Offered by rbmbooks
Price: 19.89

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Sinéad Nos Nua", 11 Oct 2002
This review is from: Sean Nos Nua (Audio CD)
So here she comes, yet again with something fresh and different. Sinéad has to be one of the most versatile artists around, having collaborated with so many others, and taking her own music to new heights.
"Sean Nos Nua" (meaning literally "new old style") outlines that fact that this album, although essentially being covers of traditional Irish songs, is new. Sinéad's outstandingly expressive voice is in fine form throughout this album. From the she-warrior that is 'Oro Se do Beatha Bhaile' to the lamenting whisper evident in 'Peggy Gordon'. There are songs on this album that you'd never thought could be transformed and interpreted as Sinéad has done. I actually shiver to the sound of "cockles and mussels/ alive, alive-o"! And hearing how the girls of Belfast city are pretty no longer causes me to cringe, but to get up and dance.
What more can I say? Sinéad, you never cease to amaze me! :oD


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