Celtic Woman: The Best of Christmas

Celtic Woman: The Best of Christmas

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I love obscure tunes and the history behind them. For example I learned that Coventry Carol has a long history that dates all the way to the 16th century. And learning about one song will also encourage you to look at the wide vast of knowledge that covers holiday tunes.

Once in Royal David’s City is not something you get to hear in mainstream recordings(of pop and non pop singers). But Celtic Woman took the chance to pin this wonderful gem. So and I learned something about this Christmas carol. Here’s an interesting info from Wikipedia:

Originally written as a poem by Cecil Frances Alexander. The carol was first published in 1848 in Miss Cecil Humphreys’ hymnbookHymns for little Children. A year later, the English organist Henry John Gauntlett discovered the poem and set it to music.[1] Cecil Humphreys, meanwhile, married the AnglicanclergymanWilliam Alexander in 1848 and upon her husband’s consecration became a bishop’s wife in 1867.[1] She is also remembered for her hymn All Things Bright and Beautiful.

Since 1919, the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at the King’s College ChapelCambridge has begun its Christmas Eve service, with Dr Arthur Henry Mann‘s arrangement of “Once in Royal David’s City” as the Processional hymn.[1] Mann was organist at King’s between 1876 and 1929.[2]In his arrangement, the first verse is sung by a boy chorister of the Choir of King’s Chapel as a solo. The second verse is sung by the choir, and the congregation joins in the third verse. Excluding the first verse, the hymn is accompanied by the organ. This carol was the first recording that the King’s College Choir under Boris Ord made for EMI in 1948.[3] Among others who have recorded it are Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Chieftains, Daniel O’Donnell, The Seekers, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Petula Clark, Jethro Tull, Sinéad O’Connor and Sufjan Stevens, St. Paul’s Choir School and most recently by the Irish group Celtic Woman in their album Voices of Angels.

Now this blog is not just about that one song but about an album that contains twenty Christmas tunes from Celtic Woman. I think this is also a ‘practical’ approach because when we are hosting a party, we don’t want an album to end too soon and then we are forced to put a new album in (I am an albums kind of guy as opposed to playlist) and this is it!

The Best of Christmas has a more Classical Pop appeal than Celtic. For Jazz lovers there are swinging songs like Let it Snow. I love this song so much as I always associate Christmas with something Jazzy.

Yes twenty songs will not disappoint you. Better grab this album while it is hot!

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All About the Celtic Woman USA tour

All About the Celtic Woman USA tour

Screen Shot 2017-04-15 at 3.56.28 PMIf you’ve been keeping track of Celtic Woman this month, then you know that there have been changes.In fact there is a lengthy article about it in the Chicago Tribune. A harp has also been added to their list of instruments in studio and live. Voices of Angels is the new album that they are promoting in their current US tour. The album was also nominated for the recent Grammys in the category of Best World Music Album. It also entered the Billboard Classical chart at #1. Quite a feat for a group that has undergone so many changes and continues to be a force Irish music internationally.

They will be performing in many places across the United States from this month up to June. So if you haven’t bought your tickets then it is time to do it! Celtic Woman is such a phenomenon like Riverdance. The current lineup are: Susan McFadden, Mairéad Carlin, Éabha McMahon and introduces the breathtaking new Celtic violinist Tara McNeill.

2017 VOICES OF ANGELS NORTH AMERICAN ITINERARY
3/2
Lakeland, FL
Lakeland Center
3/3
Orlando, FL
Bob Carr PAC
3/4
West Palm Beach, FL
Kravis Center
3/5
Tampa, FL
Straz Center
3/7
Fort Myers, FL
Barbara B Mann Hall
3/8
Melbourne, FL
King Center
3/9
Gainesville, FL
Philips Center
3/10
Jacksonville, FL
Times Union
3/11
Charleston, SC
Gaillard Center
3/14
Savannah, GA
Johnny Mercer Theater
3/16
Columbus, GA
River Center
3/17
Greenville, SC
Peace Center
3/18
Augusta, GA
Bell Auditorium
3/19
Charlotte, NC
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
3/21
Salisbury, MD
Wicomico Youth & Civic Center
3/22
Asheville, NC
Thomas Wolfe PAC
3/23
Durham, NC
DPAC
3/24
Baltimore, MD
France Merrick PAC
3/25
Roanoke, VA
Berglund Center
3/26
Newport News, VA
Ferguson Center
3/30
Indiana, PA
Kovalchick Convocation Center
3/31
Lancaster, PA
American Music Theater
4/1
Lancaster, PA
American Music Theater
4/2
Binghamton, NY
Forum Theatre
4/4
Kitchener, ONT
Centre in the Square
4/5
Albany, NY
Palace Theatre
4/6
Providence, RI
PPAC
4/7
Hartford, CT
Bushnell
4/8
Greenvale, NY
Tilles Center
4/9
Portland, ME
Merill Auditorium
4/11
Worcester, MA
Hanover Theatre
4/12
Bangor, ME
Collins Center
4/13
Manchester, NH
SNHU Arena
4/14
Philadelphia, PA
Academy of Music
4/15
Rochester, NY
Auditorium Theater
4/18
Buffalo, NY
Shea’s PAC
4/19
Erie, PA
Warner Theatre
4/20
Cincinnati, OH
Aronoff Center
4/21
Dayton, OH
Schuster PAC
4/22
Columbus, OH
Palace Theater
4/23
Cleveland, OH
State Theater
4/25
Toledo, OH
Stranahan Theatre
4/28
Rockford, IL
Coronado PAC
4/29
Dubuque, IA
Five Flags Center Arena
4/30
Peoria, IL
Peoria Civic Center
5/2
Topeka, KS
Topeka PAC
5/3
Tulsa, OK
Mabee Center
5/4
Memphis, TN
Orpheum
5/5
Cape Girardeau, MO
Show Me Center
5/6
Richmond, KY
EKU Center
5/7
Louisville, KY
Louisville Palace
5/9
Huntsville, AL
Von Braun PAC
5/11
Pensacola, FL
Saenger
5/12
Montgomery, AL
Montgomery PAC
5/13
Bossier City, LA
Horseshoe Casino
5/14
Biloxi, MS
Belcher Center
5/17
Little Rock, AR
Robinson Center
5/18
Lake Charles, LA
Rosa Hart Theatre
5/19
Grand Prairie, TX
Verizon Theatre
5/20
Houston, TX
Smart Financial Center
5/21
San Antonio, TX
Majestic Theatre
5/23
Mesa, AZ
Mesa Arts Center
5/24
San Bernardino, CA
California Theater
5/25
San Diego, CA
Civic Theatre
5/26
Costa Mesa, CA
Sagerstrom Center for the Arts
5/27
Thousand Oaks, CA
Civic Arts Plaza
5/30
Fresno, CA
Saroyan Theatre
5/31
San Jose, CA
Center for the Performing Arts
6/1
Sacramento, CA
Community Center Theater
6/2
Reno, NV
Reno Events Center
6/3
Boise, ID
Morrison Center
6/9
Des Moines, IA
Civic Center
6/10
Green Bay, WI
Weidner Center
6/11
Rochester, MN
Mayo Arena
6/13
Minneapolis, MN
Orpheum
6/14
Kansas City, MO
Kaufman Center
6/15
Springfield, MO
Hammons Hall
6/16
St. Louis, MO
Fox
6/17
Springfield, IL
Sangamon Auditorium
6/18
E. Lansing, MI
Wharton Center
6/21
Syracuse, NY
Crouse Hinds
6/23
Elmira, NY
Clemens Center
6/24
Springfield, MA
Mass-Mutual Center
6/25
Lynn, MA
Lynn Auditorium
Celtic Woman new video and more new music!

Celtic Woman new video and more new music!

 

The great thing about the human voice is that it can be honed to stretch its register or to improve its quality. An instrument (a saxophone for instance) can be singular in its quality. You know it’s a saxophone because of its characteristic. But a human voice can have many variations even in the same register. For example, it can be a fuller, bright or powerful soprano. It can be a soft, throaty or smoky contralto.

This is the musical romance that is showcased in the latest recording of Celtic Woman, a new version of Danny Boy. What’s stunning is the utilization of Capitol Records’ Studio A.

Studio A is our largest recording space. Originally built in 1956, Studio A has more than 1500 sq ft of floor space with over 50 years of audio recording heritage. Not only one of the best sounding orchestra rooms in the world, Studio A holds up to 50 musicians comfortably. The combination of timeless history and modern technology is a special feature of this room. Studio A has a variable decay time that can be tailored to your needs, this is accomplished by adjusting the louvered wall panels. Studios A and B can be combined by removing the retractable wall separating the two. The studio additionally features two isolation booths. Ideal for both acoustic and electric instruments, Artists have their choice of a Yamaha C9 or New York Steinway “B” piano. It also has a large private artist lounge above the control room.-Capitol Studios website.

More about the song below:

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Press Release from CELTIC WOMAN
Record “DANNY BOY” for the series, 1 mic 1 take, at the Iconic Capitol Records’ Building

The GRAMMY-NOMINATED GROUP is currently on a 91 city tour of the US
CELTIC WOMAN have recorded a stunning new version of the classic Celtic ballad “Danny Boy ” at the Capitol Records’ Studio A in Hollywood.  Utilizing Frank Sinatra’s microphone and Nat King Cole’s piano it was taped when the multi-platinum international music sensations were in Los Angeles for the Grammy Awards.  The track features Celtic Woman’s exciting new line up of Susan McFadden, Mairéad Carlin, Éabha McMahon and violinist Tara McNeill. The song and accompanying video are the latest in the 1 mic 1 take series recorded at Studio A. The series is described as “what happens when you take one artist, one mic, one iconic recording studio and give them one chance to show their raw talent.”  Previous artists who’ve recorded 1 mic 1 take sessions include Niall Horan, Gregory Porter, Emeli Sandé, Calum Scott, Halsey, Pete Yorn, Broods, and A Fine Frenzy.  Check out the 1 mic 1 take video, https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=_7RdcZFYx-U&feature=youtu.be
CELTIC WOMAN are currently out on their extensive US Voices Of Angels Tour in support of their latest album of the same name.  They are accompanied by an ensemble of Irish dancers, bagpipers and a full band playing an array of traditional Irish instruments. The 91-city trek kicked off March 2 in Lakeland, FL and will take Celtic Woman across the country before wrapping June 25 in Lynn, MA. VOICES OF ANGELS, on Manhattan/ Caroline Records, contains some of the most popular songs from the Celtic Woman repertoire, along with several previously unrecorded tracks, all with stunning new orchestral arrangements recorded with the 72-piece Orchestra of Ireland. Celtic Woman has a remarkable 12-year-legacy of introducing the most talented singers and musicians from Ireland onto the world stage.

ABOUT CELTIC WOMAN
Following its debut on PBS in 2005, Celtic Woman has achieved massive success encompassing twelve chart-topping albums, nine DVDs and nine public television specials leading to sales of over ten million albums, with platinum success in nine countries. Each of the twelve CDs–including 2016’s Voices of Angels–has reached #1 on Billboard’s World Albums chart. The group has been named Billboard Magazine’s #1 World Albums Artist six times.  Celtic Woman received its first-ever Grammy-nomination in the World Music category for its 2016 release Destiny. As a touring powerhouse, the group has performed for over four million fans across 23 countries and six continents, with an especially devoted following in America. Their shows are renowned as high quality entertainment with exceptional musical performances and stunning visual productions, enthralling audiences of all ages.

For full tour and more info go to www.celticwoman.com

Media Contact: Anita Daly / Daly Communications /2127720852 / anitadaly@yahoo.com
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The Crazy Rogues – Fleet (EP teaser)

 

Check this band out! They are from Hungary and they admire the music of Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly, Paddy and the Rats, Firkin and Dubliners. Their unique style is heavily influenced by Irish punk and celtic punk music, as well as country and other folk music.They also like heavy metal and rock music.

They are happy doing concerts in Hungary and also abroad.
“From small pubs to big venues, our own shows as well as festivals, public events.”

Band members are:

Biermann Teo – flute |
Verrasztó László – lead vocals |
Fellegi Krisztián – banjo, mandolin, backing vocals |
Faragó Dániel – violin, backing vocals |
Fazekas Gábor – guitars, backing vocals |
Öcsi Levente – bass |
Nagy Ákos – drums |

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/TheCrazyRoguesBand

https://www.instagram.com/thecrazyrogues/

https://thecrazyrogues.bandcamp.com

 

 

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I Think I posted this video already but it is worth seeing and hearing again 🙂

Celtic Woman Q & A with Máiréad

Celtic Woman Q & A with Máiréad

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I’ve been playing Destiny by Celtic Woman many times. New voices and new songs. And lots of magical listening experience. Check out my entry regarding the album in my previous post.

It is a great honour to finally get to talk to one of the artists, notably my favourite violinist Máiréad Nesbitt who took the time to write the answers to my questions. You are probably wondering what it’s like to be part a powerful musical ensemble that continue to make music after a decade right? Well here’s your chance to know.

 

1. The new lineup brings something exciting to the music. What happened to the previous members?

As with most women we have desires to go off and start families and get married! Most of the beautiful women that have passed through Celtic Woman decided to leave to come off the road and settle down. Some have also gone on to have solo music careers too.

2. I love many tracks in Destiny. My personal fave is How Can I Keep From Singing? What made you decide to record this song?

I love that song too but as a listener from the wings! We love Clannad and Eabha was taught by the lead singer Moya Brennan so it seemed ideal for her to sing it. 

3. I See Fire (for me) threatens to be better than the original. What’s the story behind the inclusion of this song?

We wanted to move towards the future whilst not forgetting what made people love the group in the first place. Ed Sherran has deep Irish heritage so his music is heavily influenced by that- especially this song. It’s very Irish folk in style and is also a modern one so it seemed like the perfect fit. I also love story telling and this song has such drama in it. 

4. You are back with your US Tour. Wow 85 Cities! How are you preparing mentally and physically for this marathon tour?

Well, personally I follow a plant based (vegan) lifestyle to keep myself healthy of mind, body and spirit and I also work out every day to keep my immune system strong. Lots of fresh vegetables, fruit, water and sleep when we can! 

5. Can you give young women tips on how to sing beautifully like Celtic Woman?

Just be yourself. Don’t try and mould yourself into who you think you should be. Accept yourself from within and sing from your heart. There is nothing more beautiful than a woman who is happy in herself. 

6. What’s next after the US Tour?

We have lots planned including a hopeful trip to Asia-then onto Australia and back to the states for our Christmas symphony tour where we get to perform gorgeous Christmas songs with a different orchestra every night. I am also recording a solo album with Celtic Woman in the summer when we get off the road which I’m super excited about! 

There you go 🙂
-Máiréad Nesbitt
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Méav : Interviewing the Million-Selling Irish Singer.

Méav : Interviewing the Million-Selling Irish Singer.

Méav: Promotional shot for The Calling

Méav: Promotional shot for The Calling

She helped to push Anúna and Celtic Woman to global prominence. Now Méav talks about her music (also, how she takes care of that wonderful voice) and the new album The Calling to be released this Autumn under Warner Music.

Millions already heard her crystal clear soprano. It is the voice associated with Anúna and Celtic Woman: acts with whom she shared both the stage and studio with. For someone who sold millions of albums and possesses sheer musical talent (she sings in multiple languages: English, Gaelic, French and Latin) , it is not surprising that listeners want to know more about the person behind the name. What is the source of the musical inspiration after releasing a string of best-selling albums(she has 7). How does she keep it going? It is an honor to welcome Méav into the fold of our featured artists.

Méav, to be in a major label and selling millions with your vocal signature style in Celtic Woman, Anúna , plus solo albums, how do you imagine the listeners’ reaction to The Calling?

It feels great to be sharing new music with you. I think that listeners who know my previous recordings will find plenty that’s familiar, but there are a few surprises in there too. The album brings me back to my folk roots in a contemporary setting. There is guitar and acoustic bass at the heart of the arrangements, which are simpler than the big orchestral sound of Celtic Woman, but with plenty of percussion and traditional instrumentation. We wanted to keep an almost 70’s recording sound in homage to the great folk recordings of that period. My fantastic producer and co-writer Craig Leon encouraged me to write more original material – that is probably the biggest change from my previous recordings.

Craig Leon and NASA. These were interesting events that led the way for The Calling. How was the working experience with the Grammy winning producer so far? 

I was invited to record Don Mc Clean’s Vincent (Starry, starry night) for the NASA project. This was part of a soundtrack which incorporated sounds recorded in space by NASA with existing songs that had  an astral connection. Given the song, the history of the Abbey Road studios and Craig’s own reputation, it could have been a very intimidating experience, but Craig immediately put me at ease. It was amazing to have the opportunity to record in the same room as the Beatles and Maria Callas. Working with Craig is fantastic. We are already plotting our next joint project.

Why did you choose The Calling as the album’s title?

 Many of the songs on the album are about  searching for whatever is missing in our lives. I wanted to find a title that captured that  sense of yearning. The Calling is also a phrase that appears in the album version of the title track.

The title track is my personal favorite because of the way you sing and the choral arrangement. I am curious about this inclusion in the album.

Thanks! I loved the shape of the melody the moment Craig introduced me to it, and immediately felt that it had a haunting quality that I wanted to reflect in the lyrics we wrote. That reflective mood sets the overall tone of the whole album. With regard to the choral arrangement, I love choral music and toured a lot with the National Chamber choir of Ireland and with Anúna, so layering vocals is in my blood.

 I shared my favorite track (and more in the album review), now it is your turn to share your favorite tracks in The Calling.

It’s hard to choose a favourite song – it’s almost like being forced to choose a favourite child! I am very fond of the Calling. I also particularly enjoyed recording Poor Wayfaring Stranger because it was quite different in style from anything I have recorded before. I loved creating the swampy, mysterious atmosphere of the arrangement and the spooky harmonies with Craig and our great musicians. It was also great to have Craig there to encourage me to write more new music such as Glimmering Girl.

Will you ever reprise your role as the main member of Celtic Woman?

Publicity photograph of singer Méav Ní Mhaolchatha

I am proud of my work with Celtic Woman and we had a great time touring and recording together. I think one of the core strengths of Celtic Woman is that each member is effectively a lead performer, rather than there being one lead. I left because I wanted to work on solo projects and raise my young family, but we have always kept the door open. It was great to guest with the group on their latest Christmas release, Home for Christmas, which went straight to Number 1 in the Billboard World Music Charts. I will be collaborating with them on another project very soon – watch this space!

What are the promotional plans for the album upon its release?

The response to the album has been fantastic, even at the pre-release stage, the moment the title track video was posted online. I am really looking forward to performing the material live and sharing it with a wider audience.

How do you preserve that crystal clear voice? Do you have a work related exercise that you follow?

Whisky, cigars and late nights work for me! Actually I have been very fortunate – I think my voice is tougher than it sounds, so I don’t have to be too precious about minding it. However I do try to avoid wine and chocolate before singing. Apparently lots of rest helps too, but usually before a big gig or recording I survive on very little sleep in the scramble to get everything ready. I do vocal warm-ups when I’m stuck in traffic, resulting in funny looks all round. The smoking ban is great for singers as singing in smoky environments was very hard on the voice.

Going back to your career history, it is rare to hear about an artist who was trying to break into the classical crossover scene while studying Law at the same time. How did you carry out this?

I didn’t really plan to become a full-time musician. I fell into studying law because my brother had enjoyed it ahead of me. The weekly timetable of law lectures at Trinity College Dublin was quite short, which gave me plenty of time to spend on music projects. Of course technically you were meant to spend your free time studying in the library, but we’ll gloss over that part! I was really enjoying gigging in the evenings, and gradually realised that I could make a living from singing. I sang in Riverdance and toured the US as a guest soloist with the National Irish Orchestra   (RTECO) and got bitten by the performing bug. To paraphrase the singer Liam O Maonlaoi, sometimes music chooses you and you have no choice in the matter!

Let’s discuss The Calling some more. How was the recording experience and care to share the things you learned as a growing artist?

I loved the recording process. 
I had worked with the fantastic engineer Brian Masterson before, and I felt that he and Craig would really get along musically and personally. I got a real kick out of interacting with them and hearing them out-do one another with their tales of rock ’n roll excess! At one stage we were trying to match up the sound of two parts of a song that are in different vocal registers – one low, one high – which would usually require two different mic techniques. Craig solved the issue by pointing the mic at the ceiling  with great results. We also borrowed from Blondie’s technique of layering up many backing vocals on each line to give a rich backdrop to the lead vocal. Many of the musicians who played on the album are old friends, so the atmosphere was very relaxed. We always made a point of taking a break for a good lunch each day – a simple way to keep everybody happy!

You have a total of seven albums  in groups and solos. What’s your advice to young artists who are trying to break into the scene where you are now?

My advice to any musician, male or female, is to learn your trade – don’t try for world domination too fast or you may crash and burn. Learn to play an instrument or two – this will help you sight-read music. This is very useful if you want to pick up session work in studio, and will make you more flexible as a band member. It also helps you arranging and writing your own music. Sing with other people – there is always something new to learn in a choir, a show or a band. Experiment. Don’t specialize too soon – keep up your other studies so that other avenues remain open to you. Don’t be pressurized into presenting an image you are not comfortable with, and promote your work while guarding your privacy. Work hard and remember how great it is to do what you love!



 Your message to the listeners?

It’s a privilege to sing for a living and I will never take it for granted. Thank you for listening and for supporting live music.

Check out this site’s review of The Calling : http://celticmusicfan.com/2013/06/23/meav-the-calling/

Sample tracks from the album can be heard here: http://www.meav.com/music/

Follow her in:

https://twitter.com/Meavmusic

https://www.facebook.com/meav.musician

You can also pre-order The Calling through Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Calling-Meav/dp/B00DD348M2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=13744

or Warner Music Ireland: http://warnermusicirelandstore.com/product/meav-the-calling-pre-order

Méav – The Calling

Méav – The Calling

Méav The Calling

Artist: Méav

Album: The Calling

Sounds like: For fans of Anuna, Celtic Woman, Enya, Secret Garden and Loreena McKennitt

Tracks:

The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face/The Calling/Light Flight/Listen, Listen/The Songline To Home/Wayfaring Stranger/Sovay/Shenandoah/Once You Were My Lover/Glimmering Girl/Glasgow’s Burning/Black Is The Colour

Total time: 43.28

To be released on 26th August 2013

Released by:Warner Jazz

I am listening to The Calling by  Méav (Full name Méav Ní Mhaolchatha)on a cloudy afternoon. The soothing and spiritual atmosphere of the album is a perfect getaway. The twelve tracks take you on a journey which very few artists can do these days. Her fusion of world, classical and traditional elements really work in this project. She also incorporated a few nods to the direction of folk and jazz which you can encounter as you listen along. This isn’t the same as the full-blown, up front arrangements of Celtic Woman (which she was part of from 2004 to 2007). This is more of an intimate record with lots of intricate details and rich arrangements.

The album resulted in the meeting between Méav and  legendary producer Craig Leon in Abbey Road Studios, London while working together on the score of a space film in collaboration with NASA. They discovered the musical chemistry even in their different musical backgrounds ( pop and world music)and  they also quickly realized that they shared a love of song-writing and ethnic music.  The Calling is described as  a contemporary pop treatment of new songs and folk classics from Ireland, England, Scotland, Brittany, Galicia and America.

The album opens with The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face which was originally pinned by Roberta Flack and won her Grammy’s record of the year  in 1972. Méav gave a new sentiment to this song. Listen to how her voice sounds like she is imploring the forces of heaven around 2:25. Those high notes can get into your skin. I know because I got chills listening to that part.

In the title track The Calling, the choir voices are used to embellish the track which recalls the signature  sound of Anuna. This is also the carrier single of the album. The video features a studio session and the blur-to-detail effects of the camera is impressive.

My personal favorites are Listen, Listen(for the melody), the title track(For the arrangement especially the choral parts), Wayfayring Stranger, Once You Were My Lover (which contains the melody of Breton song Tri Martolod), Glasgow’s Burning( for the percussion and traditional inclusion of Alasdair MacColla  and Brian Boru’s March). The album closes with an interesting jazzy take on Black is the Color.

The Calling is perhaps the strongest solo effort of Méav. She is backed with amazing musicians. The generous amounts of spirituality and atmospheric beauty of this album promise to enthrall audience worldwide. Like she did when she was with Anuna, Celtic Woman and her solo albums.

You can stream samples of The Calling through this link: http://www.meav.com/music/

Trivia: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face was originally written by the Scottish singer Ewan McColl  ( father of Kirsty) for Peggy Seeger- source of this info is Méav.

Eclectic Celtic:Tuatha Dea from Gatlinburg, TN

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Genre: Scots/Irish, Celtic, Tribal eclectic mix

Members

Damasqhs –
Vocals, Djembe, Djuns, Bongos, Guitar, etc.

Rebecca Holman –
Vocals, Bougaraboo etc.

Tesea Dawson –
Vocals, Flute, bass, keyboard Djembe, etc.

Brandon Mullikin –
Bass, Guitar, Djembe

Tyler Neitz –
Gutair, bass, keyboard, various percussion, etc.

Chris Bush –
Native American flute, penny whistle, bass, djembe, djuns, et

Stirring both the heart and soul: Tuatha Dea satisfies one’s musical cravings.

Bagabi inspires what is beautiful and primal. It is like being transported into a world during the time of dinosaurs.  The use of didgeridoo further enhances this experience and I feel my imagination open up. It gives you that weird sensation especially when you listen to this track with the lights out. I like it when a song gives me goose bumps. It means it has achieved something greater. Music is supposed to be like this-something that  touches the soul. The African inspired chanting and the eerie deep male vocals (think Brendan Perry) further enhances the effect.

This kind of style is also dominant in other tracks like the poly-rhythmic induced The Hunt(corners). The track  starts with percussion then escalates into a melodic devotional chant piece. There is also the traditional inspired Mulligan Stew that should have been used in TV series like Merlin. The remaining tracks bend on the folk/rock side. The female vocals are strong reminiscent of Stevie Nicks and Annie Lennox. I think this is great because I really like singers who sound like women and not like little girls. Songs like Falling Down, Celtic Woman (Mavis McGee), Tonight and the heart hurting Skye Boat Blues will leave you contemplating lost loves and missed soul mates in fishnet stockings and thick black mascara.

Call this an aside but I really love everyone’s fashion style here. Tuatha Dea is a band that is both beautiful to the eyes and ears. A perfect companion for a long rainy night with a single candle.

Find them in facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tuatha-Dea/299951046292

About

Formed in 2009 by Lead Vocalist Damasqhs, Tuatha Dea has an eclectic sound incorporating tribal drumming into the Celtic music genre.
Biography

Tuatha Dea first began with a group of close friends gathering together once a week to drum for kicks in 2009. Soon after the band began to write original music and playing at local social gatherings. As they began to build a small local fan base it was decided to try their hands at taking the show out into the public eye. They eclectically mix Scotts Irish, new age, traditional and modern day music to produce a unique variety and blend of rhythm and melody. As the fan base grows, the group continues it’s evolution and is constantly re-defining it’s perimeters. More info on Tuatha Dea will be coming soon and keep your eye on our website www.tuathadea.com!

Celtic Woman’s Lynn Hilary:Makes a Name for Herself

Before her name became an international hit, she released a solo album called Take Me Home. As a former member of Anuna , you won’t be surprise where she got her vocal swirls….Too bad there is a news that Alex Sharpe is leaving the group. How can these women really bond when everyone comes and goes..well except the core members. I still miss Hayley

Tracks:

  1. Melody Of Life
  2. Swimming In The Barrow
  3. Erin Beo
  4. Sunset Of Gold
  5. Carolina Rua
  6. Annie Watches
  7. What Makes The Sunset
  8. Take Me With You
  9. Shona Mara
  10. Slán Le Maigh
  11. Road To Glory
  12. Angel Doves

Traditional; Arranged by Lynn Hilary

O slan is cead, on dtaobh seo uaim
Cois Maigh na gcaor na gcraobh na gcruach
Na stait na sead na soar na slua
Na ndan na dreacht na dtrean gan ghruaim

Och, ochon, is breoite mise
Gan chuid, gan choir, gan choip, gan chiste
Gan sult, gan seod, gan spoirt, gan spoinnadh
O seoladh me chun uaignis

O Slan go heag, do saorfhir shuairc
Da dhaimh, da chleir, de heigs, de sua
Do’m chairde cleibh gan chlaon, gan chluain
Gan chaim, gan chain, gan chraos, gan chruas

Is fanach faon me, is fraochmhar fuar
Is tamhlag traith, is taomach trua
I mbarr an tsleibhe gan aon monuar
I m’ phairt, ach fraoch is gaoth aduaidh

Och, ochon is breoite mise
Gan chuid, gan choir, gan choip, gan chiste
Gan sult, gan seod, gan spoirt, gan spionnadh
O seoladh me chun uaignis

Poitín and Rain Today…

Hi guys. It’s been raining on my side of the globe. The sky is always beautiful when it happens. I finished my shift at 4 in the morning and then had to spend time logging in to Facebook to check what’s new in music or what the ‘community’ is talking about. Then I had to visit MySpace and check my bookmarks for bands I haven’t reviewed yet-or recommended to you. I also had to check my email for newsletter and goodies. This is how I get my news. Nothing extraordinary. The YouTube thing comes on the last part when I am, sure I want to post a video. I know videos are not really helpful for the site because they make navigation slow. But then again if only  there is  a way for me to post music other than videos then it would work for me. But videos are more interesting right?

It seems that a lot of new talents are coming up in the music biz. It is great that there is an awareness brought about by the Internet and music festivals. It would be cool to see more bands doing it for themselves, releasing albums under an indie label and just continue to cheer us with more interesting music.

I realize I haven’t been more conversant in my earlier article because I thought it would take you away from the main focus which is music. But then I realize that doing the same formula will make everything impersonal. You do want someone to talk to you right? To make you feel better and cheer you up. I know the times have got more challenging. But I know positivity will get us somewhere. Just hold on.

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The Czech Republic is not only interesting for the old statues and churches. It is also a place of talented people. Years ago I befriended a musician who is so passionate about music that he put up his own chat site. He got married but moved on…But then I know one way or another he is still making music out there… What brought me back to my musings is this interesting band called POITÍN and they make amazing  and energetic music. This makes one proud being part of the circle. This is after all our collective musical culture which has nothing to do with race and nationality. Please listen to their music here:

You can also catch them in facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Poitin-Celtic-World-Music/105492236430?v=wall and twitter.
An interesting line up of members too:
Jaroslav “Oto” Machácheck – fiddle (founder member and chief beard sucker); Jakub Siegl – guitars; Jan Brabets – bouzouki, banjo, tin whistle, backing vocals; Jeremy Marc King – lead vocals, bodhran; Sasha Shantorova- flute and whistles; Dick Savage- Didgeridoo, spoons, egg, backing vocals…
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Got the Celtic Woman CD!
Thanks to Daly Communications especially to Fior Urena in New York for sending me my first Celtic Woman CD. It’s like Christmas all over again.
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Celtic Woman,Celtic Highway,Scottish Web and Grada on Tour.


It’s kind of funny when people you don’t really feel an affiliation to suddenly talks to you about music. You realize that your pre conceived thoughts (negative they may be) seem irrelevant and powerless against the building enthusiasm. Sometimes, with the deception that the world around us builds, music is like this little port in a storm. You realize that there is really nothing impractical about music collection. It’s the kind of topic that really sparks up dinner table conversation. After all, music is like an archeological study. The more you collect, the more you gain insight into the culture and the times. Happy digging.

Fans of Celtic Woman will be excited to know about this one night concert Songs from the Heart. Expect to be enchanted and captivated with this group that made international headlines since Riverdance. See information below(and the link to purchase tickets).

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For those going to Scotland this year, Discover Scotland is a great site to bookmark. Information about  musical events supporting all genres can be found in this website. Very informative links to places to see, history, humor etc will help you a lot …..

I have been listening to Celtic Highway since I have become a VIP member of Live 365. For those who love both New Age and Celtic Music, this is for you. I was really surprised when The River Sings by Enya (Amarantine) gets a decent airplay. Golden Brown by Emer Kenny which is a remake of a nice song done by The Stranglers also gets exposure here. Of course, bands like 2002, Dagda and those with similar bend can be heard here. A DJ occasionally introduces a song . I will write more about 365 when I get to explore all of the stations.

Irish band Grada will be touring the rest of July in the Czech Republic. But before that they will be in Country Mayo as part of the Summer Music series at Aras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet, 8pm and ending the month in Italy.

Here’s the schedule for the rest of July:

10th – Mayo County Summer Music Series, Aras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet, 8pm

x Czech Republic ***

x July 22nd – Kurim (castle courtyard)

x July 23th – Keltska Noc Festival, Plumlov

x July 25th – Namest n/Oslavou (castle courtyard)

Italy ***

31st – Italy, Camerano (Ancona)