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Simply enchanting! A gem of an album!
on 2 October 2005
Celtic music has roots deep in the oral and musical traditions of the British Isles, Ireland most significantly. For centuries, it has thrived at gatherings, celebrations, and in pubs, preserving local legend and history through lyrical story-telling. This music has strong traditions in short, lyrical songs, accompanied by fiddle, tin whistle, guitar, Ulieann pipes, and the Celtic drum, the bodhran.
Vocalists Chloë Agnew, Lisa Kelly, Méav Ni Mhatolchatha, and Órla Fallon, (vocals, harp), along with violinist Máiréad Nesbitt, are the Celtic women of this extraordinary album's title. Each of them have recorded individually. They give enchanting, romantic, old Irish ballads and airs a mystical New Age spin, with influences from the classical, and come up with a unique sound, performing solo and together in ensemble pieces. "Celtic Woman" clearly portrays the individual delivery and style of each performer. Their pure, clear voices also meld hauntingly, evoking another time and place, now gone forever except in their songs.
I love the entire CD, great music selections - but some of my favorite cuts are the classic "Danny Boy," "Harry's Game," (Orla sings this - extraordinary), made famous by the Clannad, and "Last Rose of Summer/Walking in the Air," performed by Chloe, which is simply ethereal - gorgeous. If you don't get up to dance with "Si Do Mhaimeo," (The Wealthy Widow) a spirited, playful tune, then you surely will when the fiddler plays "The Butterfly." You'll want your feet to fly.
Accompanying the Celtic Women are musicians Desi Moore (guitar), Martin Johnston (cello), David Downes (whistle, harpsichord, keyboards), John O`Brien (Uilleann pipe), Eoghan O`Neill (bass guitar), Robbie Casserly (percussion).
"Celtic Woman" was created by Sharon Browne, Dave Kavanaugh (founders of Ireland's successful Celtic Collections label), and music producer/composer/conductor David Downes. The successful launching of the group is the realization of their collective dream. Downes, who was heavily involved with the American production of "Riverdance, wanted to bring these five extremely talented women to the public's notice. This hour long compilation of modern and classic Irish songs is the group's first album and one that showcases the glorious Irish musical heritage. Bravo!