Gifts and New Album

Gifts and New Album

 

 

While there are events in our lives that ebb and flow, we are like willows bending and enduring whatever life hands us. But in that space between two  hills we are blessed by the calm that comes when we behold something beautiful. Be it the sunset or waking up to a fantastic song, the fact is, magic happens. So yes sh*t happens and so is the realization that everything is going to be ok. If we just hold on maybe the next day or week is going to be different.

Finally the new album by Kyle Carey is out!

Finally the new album by Kyle Carey is out!

So what’s new? Kyle Carey has new album out! Yes we’ve waited since last year as she wrote that the said album was going to be recorded during the Celtic Connections in Scotland. She posted pictures from these sessions via Instagram and in her facebook page. Now it is out! I will listen to it and then write a review.

Congratulations to Sarah Frank and Luke Fraser of The Bombadils for finally tying a knot. I knew this was coming. This two will create beautiful music together so I am sure I will be writing about the Bombadils soon, There are many things out there really worth blogging about. And yes check out the picture below. Those are gifts from my English friend Paula. She and Gilly went to Dublin to meet Ian for a photoshoot. You will read more about it in my other blog.

I am also posting a video from Kyle Carey. Thanks to Dave Hallowell for posting this beautiful live performance. You will hear this song in the new album by the same title.

I am hungry for new materials. I am excited for something new. But for now, this is going to be a blog post below 500 words. Just let it out in small doses. We don’t want to choke on too much info. For now.

 

 

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Sorry for the long absence

To my friends, it’s been a while since my last post as there were personal matters I had to resolve. But the music continues and I shall soon have updates. I have been working on another tech blog and I was shocked to learn it posted automatically to the facebook page. Sorry if that caused a confusion but I will have everything sorted out soon. I have been blogging for a great site called 67 Music and I hope you support my endeavors over there as we are all family. I will talk to you soon! Xx 

Gwennyn: Silky Breton Music

For Gwennyn, the adventure began in 2000 when she took her first steps in music with Alan Stivell on his album “Back to Breizh“, then got invited to festivals of Old plows Carhaix and Fallen of the night in Rennes .-Artist bio.

Somewhere in Brittany, a very stylish Celtic singer Gwennyn continues to hone her artistry. There is this balance between ambient and folk rock style. The   maritime and urban appeal of her music makes her accessible to both the older and younger demographics. Her voice is like the whisper of seashells over sand dunes. The sloshing of her olive flavored melodies washes over like the frothy tides against tired feet. Something I need after a long day.

After five songs and several videos she won me over. It’s like nothing  could ever go wrong  when I listen to her songs. They are filled with sweetness and radiance. To top it off, her charismatic personality makes her a sorceress that drives her audience to aural frenzy.

The new album is called Kan An Tevenn

In a pop rock style Celtic Gwennyn takes us on an imaginary journey to the peoples of the dunes … Buoyed by the artistic direction of Patrice Marzin, this album offers a sublime setting for voice and clear air Gwennyn, where new music, beautiful melodies and contributions of famous French-speaking authors like Gerard Manset, are heavily loaded.It rocks!
With:
Patrice Marzin: guitars (HF Thiéfaine, Calvin Russell, Gerard Manset)
Kevin Camus: uilleann pipes (piper of N. Le Roy)
Jean-Luc Aime: Programming (Elisa Vellia, Stabat Stable)
Patrick Boileau battery (G. Servat)

Sources:

http://www.gwennyn.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GwennynKanAnTevenn

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/senivideo/videos

Myspace music: http://www.myspace.com/gwennyn

Ashley MacIsaac, Sonic Impulse Etc

Another weekend has come after the wild partying during St. Patrick’s. Beautiful guys and gals around the world donned their greens. And I am green(with envy) but happy that Celticism is everywhere. Yes it is a way of life, it is a culture and just something you would like to keep yourself busy with after listening to too much war, insipid pop culture and same ol’ same ol’ stuff . Hey what do you know, I got news for you. Yes reliable sources are all around.

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Casinos were filled with the golden music of Ashey MacIsaac from the 16th to the 17th. Yes this Cape Breton fiddler extraordinaire gave our  audience a show. Just to remind you folks that his new album is coming out this May. Yes , Amazon and the record bars across the US and Canada will be lined with Celtic Music Fanatics. More of this here: http://tickets.siga.sk.ca/eventperformances.asp?evt=283

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There are people who just don’t like coffee. They’d rather have tea. There are those who love tea only when it has milk on it. Then there are those who love both. This also happens in music. Bagpipes are really for bagpipe fanatics. And then there are those who tamper with modern technology, add a little bit of groove , pop sensibility and the mix is ready to keep the crowd going regardless of musical preferences. Young people love to dance. Mature people like me love music with something special on it. Sonic Impulse have both. What they need is a huge amount of promotion, word of the mouth enthusiasm and then we leave the rest to the audience.

Sonic Impulse is an Electronic/Celtic/Rock group based in Hollywood California. The band members are:

BLAKE PULLEN – Vocals, Bagpipes, Samplers

KELBY THWAITS – Guitar, Keys, Vocals

JON MCCRACKEN – Drums

FRANK RICHARDS – Bass

ERIC BOYD – Bagpipes, Keys

Buy the album “PIPE DREAMS” now on CDBaby. The band is currently working on a new album.

For the most up to date info on SONIC IMPULSE, please visit www.hearsonicimpulse.com
http://www.hearsonicimpulse.com
http://www.myspace.com/hearsonicimpulse
http://www.sonicimpulse.fancorps.com
http://www.ourstage.com/fanclub/sonicimp…
http://www.youtube.com/cinoseslupmi
http://twitter.com/Sonic_Impulse
http://www.imeem.com/sonicimpulse
http://www.ilike.com/artist/Sonic+Impulse
http://www.bebo.com/sonicimpulse

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Flashback to 1963. English folk singer Anne Briggs recorded this traditional tune without accompaniment. There are a lot of lyrical variations to this piece. I had to do some editing because her’s is also different from what is known to most of us. More references here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She_Moved_Through_the_Fair

My young love said to me,
My mother won’t mind
And my father won’t slight you
For your lack of kind.
Then she laid her hand on me
And this she did say:
Oh,it will not be long, love,
Till our wedding day.
She laid her hand on me
And she moved through the fair
And fondly I watched her
Move here and move there.
Then she laid her hand to me,
And this she did say,
Oh, it will not be long love
Till our wedding day.
Last night she came to me,
My dead love came in.
And,so softly she came
That her feet made no din.
And she laid her hand on me,
And this she did say:
Oh…It will not be long, love,
‘Til our wedding day.
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News/Links:

Mithril hit the Arkanses review : http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2011/mar/20/music-review-celtic-foursome-leaves-aso-l-20110320/

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Check out the Sacramento Master Singers during Saint Paddy’s day:
http://www.sacramentopress.com/headline/47704/Sacramento_Master_Singers_Celtic_Connections

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Check out Celtic Heritage . It’s a shop where you can find anything of interest. Well, I know I will find everything interesting anyway: http://www.enjoyestespark.com/estespark.php?account=136&wh=5628

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Beer Belly Band is worth the fun and the music!

http://www.beerbellyband.com/index.php

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Celtic Spirit combines Irish and African music:

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/304837

Grace O’Malley

Grace2 Grace O’Malley (Gráinne Mhao) was a female Irish pirate who still enchants our imaginations. Frankly I didn’t know her until the book Island of the White Cow fell on my hands. It recounts the experience of an American poet from the Midwest who settled in an unmodernized island off the west coast of Ireland. The Pirate queen was given a huge reference in that book .

In her old age O’Malley was given pardon. She met Elizabeth I at Kentwell and as history puts it, they conversed in Latin-their only common language. They apparently built a rapport which was inevitable; being two strong women with great minds. I will let this video do the talking.

Holding on to Peace with Planxty

How do you fight fire? Do you fight it with another fire? There are times when we are put in a hateful situation and we forget who we are. The situation bares our animal instinct.We are not free from the wear and tear of everyday life. There are times when the internal struggles we have are worse than what’s happening outside.

My take on this? Always take time for your self. Find that personal space. Being with the same people for so long can have its downside. As they say ,familiarity breeds contempt. So always be on the lookout. So how do you fight hate? I fight it with peaceful music. Here’s Planxty with Sweet Thames Flow Softly taken from their 1973 self-titled album also known as The Black Album. I hope that to those who are having a bad day, this song will give you a source of inspiration to go on living.Don’t forget to smile.

Artist credits on the album:

Breaking the Silence at Prop 8

  Just finished gardening after having coffee.It’s getting hot here and we had to cover a skylight in our dining table to prevent a lot of noon sun from getting in .Light is good but too much of it is not really something you’d want especially in the middle of summer.There’s this one song which I think is the perfect soundtrack to today’s situation.It’s called Breaking the Silence by Loreena McKennitt. Taken from her sophomore album ‘Parallel Dreams”,it has been used as an Amnesty International theme.  The song tackles the human condition:War,discrimination,violence,povertyi184247_forum and in the middle of them, the author’s unfaltering hope for something better to come from these.

Parallel Dreams(1989)

 

 

I think it’s a perfect soundtrack while I was listening to NPR  News  through KWMU . They’re  discussing about Prop 8 . I think it is really something I must raise in this blog. As a member of the gay community I feel that my very existence is threatened when something like this happens. It is sad that a lot of the visible majority, not only in the United states but also in the local shores have to be push in hiding just because law considers  us ,second class citizens.

  But I think this is not the end.To quote from George Clooney (A niece to Irish crooner Rosemary Clooney“This just should invigorate people to get it back on the ballot in 2010 and 2012 and every two years until all people are allowed a basic civil right.”

From Gov.Arnold Schwarzenegger::I believe one day CA will recognize gay marriage but I will uphold decision. Made right choice allowing 18K marriages before vote to stand.

  As a blogger, I think it is my responsibility to help build bridges instead of fences.

  To view the lyrics of Breaking the Silence click here

I’m going to see Ewan MacGregor .

Irish Independent:The 38-year-old McGregor plays Camerlengo Patrick McKenna, an ultra-zealous Irish papal deputy determined to defend the Church from malign forces.

5398921  My favorite Scottish actor  Ewan MacGregor  is back  for the sequel to The Da Vinci Code.I am looking forward to this movie. My friends have seen it and they said Ewan’s character in Angels and Demons is great and his performance is simply superb.It was Trainspotting that caught my attention. Yes yes yes he CAN sing as evident in Maulin Rouge.

A Splash of Orinoco Flow on Live Ireland Radio2

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Been listening to Barry Dunne of liveireland.com when the first few chords of Orinoco Flow by Enya started playing just after Westlife’s Swear it Again.It’s actually radio 2 which focuses more on contemporary Irish music. For those who are into traditional stuff, just click on radio 1.

I have been a subscriber for a year now and I always enjoy the playlist. I do frequent radio 2 for the traditional music featuring The Cheiftains and Altan etc but once in a while when one feels funky U2 or Van Morrison can be the answer.

Susan Boyle: A Scot who didn’t back away.

 

I really don’t follow shows like American Idol and Britain’s Got talent.
So it is no surprise that I only got second hand information the day
Susan Boyle made a standing ovation in front of 60 million audiences around the world.
I watcher her performance in youtube and showed it to my folks. They were moved.
 She offered something refreshing. She’s got the style or should I say
the ‘it’.I think  the majority of her appeal comes from the fact that she represents
us-the underdogs of society.
  After all we have been treated to the typical glamour stuff that shows such as this one 
presents.Sure there are other singers who can sing like her. Maybe some can even sing 
better.But what made her special was the fact that her’s was an unwelcomed possibility. I 
mean who doesn’t want a singing contestant who looks like Taylor Swift?But that’s the point. 
For the first time people were made to put their ideals to rest and just listen to the 
song…the melody, what it’s all about and the music.They were made to suspend their 
prejudices and made to focus on the music-the real intention of sincing contests such as 
this one.
  I am glad when things like this happen.For people like us who listen to the music first 
before the artist, it’s a breath of fresh air.  When Simon said”Susan, you’re an old tiger 
aren’t you”?I think the truth couldn’t be far.Just goes to prove what a Celtic Tiger can do.

 

Original news can be found here:

http://new.music.yahoo.com/various-artists/news/unlikely-uk-sensation

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I really don’t follow shows like American Idol and Britain’s Got Talent.So it is no surprise that I only got second hand information the day Susan Boyle(Born April 1,1961 in Blackburn,West Lothian Scotland)   drew a standing ovation in front of 60 million audience around the world.

I watched her performance on youtube.com  and showed it to my folks. They were moved. She offered something refreshing. She’s got the style or should I say the ‘it’.I think  the majority of her appeal comes from the fact that she represents us-the underdogs of society.

  After all we have been treated to the typical glamour stuff that shows such as this one presents.Sure there are other singers who can sing like her. Maybe some can even sing better.But what made her special was the fact that her’s was an surprise probably even to her. Coming from a small town and often bullied as a child in school,Susan was inflicted with learning difficulties.

It’s amazing that for the first time people were made to put their ideals to rest and just listen to the song…the melody, what it’s all about and the music.They were made to suspend their prejudices and made to focus on the music-the real intention of singing contests such as this one.

  I am glad when things like this happen.For people like us who listen to the music first before the artist, it’s a breath of fresh air.  When Simon Cowell said”Susan, you’re an old tiger aren’t you”?I think the truth couldn’t be farther.