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The Celtic Muse

The Celtic Muse

Ref: CDG1270

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Harp, pipes & voice

Fine traditional music from the farthest reaches of the Celtic lands. Authentic, atmospheric and relaxing melodies for harp, pipes and voice express tales of love, nature, home and heroic deeds.

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The Celtic Muse
Harp, pipes and voice

Fine traditional music from the farthest reaches of the Celtic lands. Authentic, atmospheric and relaxing melodies for harp, pipes and voice express tales of love, nature, home and heroic deeds.

1 An Long Reubaidh - The Reiving Ship
Sarah Hill, harp
2 My Lady Heron's Dompe
Sarah Hill, harp
3 Cumha Peather Ruaidhri - Rory Dall's Sister's Lament
Sarah Hill, harp
4 Coilsfield House
Sarah Hill, harp
5 The Rowan Tree
Sarah Hill, harp
6 Bonaparte's March
Sharon Lindo, fiddle, Matthew Spring, accordion
7 An Gille Bann - The Fair Haired Lad
Sarah Hill, harp
8 Mairi Bhan Og - Mary, Young and Fair
Sarah Hill, harp
9 The Banks of the Bann
The Amber Quartet, Ian Giles, voice
10 Irish Medley
Dragonsfire
11 Bi Falbh O'n Uinneig - Go Away From My Window
Sarah Hill, harp
12 Fear a'Bhata - The Boatman
Sarah Hill, harp
13 Mo Nighean Chruinn Donn - My Neat Auburn Maid
Sarah Hill, harp
14 By Yon Castle Wa'
Sarah Hill, harp
15 Harp Song
Sarah Hill, harp
16 Mnathan a Ghlinne Sèo - Women of the Glen
Sarah Hill, harp
17 Connaught Mary and James O'Donnell
Sharon Lindo, fiddle, Matthew Spring, guitar
18 Sibeag Simor
Doctor Faustus
19 The Irish Washerwoman
Dragonsfire
20 Eriskay Love-Lilt
Sarah Hill, harp
21 Miss Macleod's Reel
Sharon Lindo, pipes
22 Cumha MhicCriomainn - MacCrimmon's Lament
Sarah Hill, harp
23 Trooper and Maid
Doctor Faustus
24 An Clarsair - The Harper
Sarah Hill, harp
25 Hio, hua Raonuill ud thall - The Lure of the Sea Maiden
Sarah Hill, harp

CCL CDG1270
Cover image: Destiny John William Waterhouse 1900
© Towneley Hall Art Gallery & Museum, Burnley/Bridgeman Art Library
P & C 2013 Classical Communications Ltd
Made in Great Britain

The music of the past can take many forms, from the glorious music of the early church to the earliest attempts of the people to capture emotions and beauty in sound. The music on this album - the songs and dances handed down through the generations - always speaks to us in a clear voice, a reminder of the past, of history and the passage of time, but with a sometimes surprising relevance to how we are now. The troubles, the joys, the sadness, the love and the longing of the souls of the past were not so different from those of today. Through the music we can touch on past generations and understand something of times past. A Celtic love song is much the same as a modern song of today.

On this album a lone harper plays a series of songs of Celtic origin. Songs of love, of war, of landscape, of joy and sadness, one after the other, building a world of past ages in sound. The reiving ship sails by, inviting us to journey to the land of the imagination, the land of dreams. Songs of a boy and a beautiful girl, the rowan tree and a Celtic hero follow the boat - and then the boatman himself calls us, as the music takes us to the sea, its waves and creatures calling us with their messages of timelessness and of the eternal ebb and flow. The sea maiden herself sings to us, and we hear the Celtic angels speaking to us from beyond the shore and we can dream - Celtic dreams of nature, and of oneness with the world.

The small harp - the 'clarsach' - is the perfect instrument for this music. Small enough to be portable, it would have been carried through the countryside by bardic folk, who would sing and play a lament - or a dance - in exchange for hearth and board. There are also some more vigorous dance pieces, with familiar melodies in some stunning arrangements. The piper plays a reel on the small Scottish pipes and the other musicians focus on the music of Ireland.


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