Celtic Songs of Love

Emma Christian, Moira Craig,
Michael Henry, Julie Murphy

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 have said...
'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'
Folk Roots

'Tasteful and refined... put together with integrity and care'


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