Haunting songs of love and longing Ancient melodies which tell of the landscape and the past, of heroic deeds and love lost and gained, expressed through music for harp. Aeolian pipe, small drum and the music of the sea itself. An atmospheric and very relaxing labum.
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.
Sarah Hill ~ clarsach ~ Stephan Hannigan ~ aeolian pipes~ Duncan McEnzie ~ guitar ~ Paul Rayner Brown ~ keyboards and piano ~ Julian Mendelsohn ~ strings ~ Nick Moss ~ flute and whistles