Celtic Twist-Twist in the Tale (album review)



I was so excited when the mailman gave this to me, that I stopped all chores and put this in my CD player. Celtic Twist is a duo that will win more followers with their brand of Celtic music.

There’s a lot of artistic polishing done to the recording of  Twist in the Tale by  the duo Celtic Twist (Phil Holland and Dave Palmley). Only an arrogant listener with the heart of ice will fail to appreciate these enchanting pieces. The first track, Maids of Mourne (based on Sally Gardens) opens with the sound of seagulls by the shore. Then, we have the guitar and harp by Phil and Dave. The song soon builds up into an Enyaesque piece complete with vocal layering that sounds like church choir.

There are lively tracks like The Raggle Taggle Gypsies/The King of The Faeries, Ye Jacobites, Gerdundula, Toss the Feathers/Scotch Sally and Whiskey You’re the Devil that will sweet you up your feet with their refreshing and energetic styles. These are all wrapped in jigs and reels.

The remaining half of the album are tracks that convey relaxation and reflection. These are elegantly crafted compositions. One song called Looking For Moss(third track), is already familiar because Phil already uploaded this track on youtube for friends to hear. Hearing it compiled here is a treat! I also need to commend her rendition of She Moved Through the Fair. In this traditional song, Phil puts aside  her classical singing style, to make way for the lighter, airy spirit of Irish music-more like Kate Bush meets Moya Brennan.

Takes Forever expresses that hopeful longing for someone. The melody just breaks your heart. The Far Away Child is a vocal track with harp and guitar. Once again, I noticed the lighter and sweeter voice of Phil. Heart of Ice sounds like a song about heartbreak or loss.   Cold wind, Cold heart, Still life, Torn apart, Walls of ice, Carpets of snow, Cannot stay, And cannot go….

The album ends with Climbing Pendle. Have you heard how a harp sounds like through an effects pedal? This will tell you how. I thought it was a didgeridoo or something. It used used during the intro and the last part of the track. Climbing Pendle is one of the most memorable instrumentals I have heard in quite a while. If you like the music of Loreena McKennitt, Enya, Clannad, Chieftains and even Kate Bush then you will appreciate Twist in the Tale.

Order of tracks: 1: The Maids of Mourne Shore 2: The Raggle Taggle ypsies/The King of The Faeries 3: Looking For Moss 4: She Moved Through the Fair 5: Ye Jacobites 6: Takes Forever 7: Gerdundula 8: The far Away Child 9: Toss the Feathers/Scotch Sally 10: The Wild Geese 11: Heart of Ice 12: Whiskey You’re the Devil 13: Climbing Pendle


To purchase the album, contact: lmcrecords2011@gmail.com

About Dave and Phil

The exciting and dynamic fusion of two such versatile musicians creates a sound that is as varied as it is unique. Rooted in Celtic music but drawing from their diversified musical backgrounds, Dave Palmley and Phil Holland bring to this musical communion all their decades of experience and insatiable passion for making music. Their contrasting yet harmonious vocal styles give added depth and texture to an already fascinating weave of instrumental sounds. Their repertoire consists of many traditional Irish and Scottish classics and lesser-known songs, jigs and reels, but Dave and Phil have also combined their song writing and compositional skills to create their own inimitable sound. Dave Palmley: Guitars(acoustic and electric),mandolin, bass, bodhran and vocals. Phil Holland: Celtic Harp and Electric Harp, violin, keys, bass and vocals.


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.


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


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



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


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.


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


Check out the Sacramento Master Singers during Saint Paddy’s day:


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


Beer Belly Band is worth the fun and the music!



Celtic Spirit combines Irish and African music: