Celtic Songs of Love
Emma Christian, Moira Craig,
CD only BEJOCD-16
Here is an exquisite collection of love songs from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man, performed by four outstanding interpreters of traditional song.
CELTIC SONGS OF LOVE (BEJOCD-16) is a compilation album which includes four previously unreleased tracks (How Can Ye Gang, Lassie?, Merched, Red Top Knots, and Deus Ganin Me D'Am Bro) as well as Celtic material drawn from other Beautiful Jo albums. Fernhill's Julie Murphy is already acknowledged among the foremost singers of her generation. Emma Christian is well established as a leading light of the Manx Celtic revival - Folk Roots called her Graih my Chree on this album 'an achingly lovely piece'. Less well known, perhaps, is Scotland's Moira Craig co-host of the ballad sessions at Sidmouth International Folk Festival whose performances here are a revelation. 'Moira's glancing Scots lilt is captured perfectly,' wrote The Living Tradition. A frequent broadcaster on Radio Telefis Eireann, Michael Henry from Ballyhaunis, County Mayo, completes the quartet with 'a rich, lyrical voice suited to the epic songs' - Folk Roots . The vocal performances are enhanced by instrumentation from top-flight musicians who include fiddler Chris Leslie from Fairport Convention.
What the critics
'Desire, passion, loss - the trinity of emotions most often associated with that timeless human foible - love - are expertly and eloquently articulated on this unassuming, sensitively made collection.'
The Living Tradition
'The singers cover their own native
areas and are excellent exponents of their chosen trades... the arrangements
are both subtle and laid back, and perfectly in tune with the material
itself... very fine performances'
'Tasteful and refined... put together
with integrity and care'
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