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Celtic Airs & Ballads

Celtic Airs & Ballads

Ref: CDG1047

17 tracks 63 min
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Haunting songs of love and life, of lands and seas, of heroes and saints, full of the mystery of our Celtic past. With authentic instruments and the voices of the greatest folk musicians in the British Isles.

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Celtic Airs & Ballads

Timeless airs full of the mystery of our Celtic past. Instruments and voices combined in haunting songs of love and life, of lands and seas, of heroes and saints. Plaintive pipes mix with harp, flute and whistle to create a superb Celtic sound world to accompany some of the finest singers available.

1 The water is wide
2 Jock o'Hazeldean
3 As I roved out
4 Molly McAlpin
5 McCrimond's Lament
6 The songs Erin sings
7 She moved through the fair
8 The green fields of Americay
9 The Moreen (The minstrel boy)
10 The groves of Blarney (The last rose of summer)
11 I know my love
12 The month of January
13 The land o' the Leal
14 The lamentation of Aughrim
15 The Galway shawl
16 Cruachan na feine
17 The song of the woods

Marguerite Hutchison voice, whistles and flute
Ian Giles voice
Jon Bowden voice, guitar and fiddle
John Spiers melodeon and voice
Jon Banks harp

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Celtic Airs & Ballads

From the further reaches of the British Isles, here is a collection of haunting airs and ballads, performed by some of Britain's finest folk musicians. Nature, nurture, love and passion are all here, plus stories in music of broken hearts, and of the joy of living. The instrumentation was created specially for the recording: whistles, pipes, flutes, and guitars are joined by the soft melodeon (played expertly by John Spiers) and the Celtic harp of Jon Banks. The result is truly magical, and powerfully evocative of times past and ages long ago.

'The harp that once through Tara's halls
The soul of music shed,
Now hangs as mute on Tara's walls
As if that soul were fled'
Thomas Moore: The harp that once through Tara's halls (1807)

The silent harp of Tara sings once again on this recording, in a series of Irish tunes which slip between the larger-scale songs and other instrumental pieces. The harp's plaintive and antique sounds create a very special atmosphere, and the progress of the album is marked out by the continual return to its simplicity, a simplicity which gives it great power, and makes its performances compelling. The Irish pipes are a strong feature of the album, their wavering pitch imparting a special flavour to the sound in songs of longing and yearning such as 'The green fields of Americay'. And the bodhran and whistle make a typical Celtic sound for dancing and fast moving music.

We hope you enjoy this selection of some of the best Celtic airs and ballads.


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