CD Celtic Spirit [Narada] (CD 507155),
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Celtic Spirit [Narada]
1. Ubi Caritas - Connie Dover
2. Seacht Sauailcena Maighdine Muire - Aoife N Fhearraigh
3. Kyrie Eleison, an Ghlir, an Phaidir - Aine Minogue
4. Be Thou My Vision - Anjali Quartet
5. Salve Splendor - William Jackson
6. Noelenn Brehed - Groupe Vocal Jef Le Penven
7. Mo Ghr Th - Aoife N Fhearraigh
8. B, A Iosa, Im Chro-Se - William Coulter
9. Our Father God Celestial - Baltimore Consort
10. Puer Natus - Aine Minogue
11. Christ Child's Lullaby, The - Sheena Wellington
12. Rosa Mystica - Theresa Schroeder-Sheker
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 63929
Includes liner notes by John O'Donohue, Ph.D and Earle Hitchner.
This is part of the Narada Collection Series.
Personnel: Aine Minogue (vocals, harp); Theresa Schroeder-Sheker (vocals, psaltery); William Jackson (vocals, bamboo flute); Connie Dover, Aoife N Fhearraigh, Sheena Wellington (vocals); Dougie MacLean (acoustic guitar); William Coulter (steel guitar); Don Lax (violin); Barry Phillips (cello); Shelley Phillips (pennywhistle, English horn); Phil Cunningham (tin whistle); Graeme Hughes (keyboards); James MacIntosh (percussion); Bridin Brennan, Gaoth Dobhair, Moya Brennan (background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Earle Hitchner.
Editor: Mark Hembree.
Photographers: Bill Murphy ; James Higgins ; Phillippe Martin-Mayeur; Paul Schraub; Fred Stimson; Rebecca Marr; Robert Burns; Tim Jarvis.
Arrangers: Denis Woods; Dougie MacLean; Jef Le Penven; Aine Minogue; Moya Brennan; Aoife N Fhearraigh; Sheena Wellington; Anjali Quartet; Theresa Schroeder-Sheker; Baltimore Consort; William Coulter; William Jackson.
Compilations of Celtic music clog candle store endcaps. They're stacked in point of purchase tents adjacent to cash registers, come free with two pounds of coffee, and generally try to cash in on the music's inherent grace. Too often, though, these comps are poorly executed pretenders with a connection to Celtic music that can only be described as tenuous. Narada's Celtic Spirit is different in that it looks at Celtic music seriously, and not just commercially. It draws on the stark yet uplifting music of the early Celtic liturgy, supplementing stoic, ethereal vocal tracks from Connie Dover ("Ubi Caritas") and Aine Minogue ("Puer Natus") with the solo acoustic guitar of William Coulter ("B a losa, im Chro-se") and "Be Thou My Vision," a tin whistle and piano-led number from Anjali Quartet. Sheena Wellington balances the album's echoing stillness with the warm "Christ Child's Lullaby," but the song is sequenced next to the medieval-tinged "Rosa Mystica," which Theresa Schroeder-Sheker picks out on a solitary harp. All in all, Celtic Spirit might not please the casual listener looking for some lighthearted jigs and reels. It takes its Celtic-ness seriously, and as a result brings added gravity to the set list. ~ Johnny Loftus
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