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Celtus – What goes Around

Celtus - What goes Around“What goes Around” builds a new refined pyramid of sound, vocal and spirit. John and Pat McManus are at the heart of this new structure, which is held together with the strongest set of songs to date, heavenly harmonies and exciting new concepts. Track Analysis: “What Goes Around”, Eastern Techno-folk flavour with funky Bodhran. “Breathe”, a wonderful, smooth, polished love song that takes you to a sacred place. “Angel”, beautiful acoustic guitar and vocals that shine with compassion. “Perfection”, an anthem of harmony. “Jigsaw”, interesting fusion of musical styles that will make you smile. “Changes” – It’s a single! “Touch Too Much”, a touching little ditty. “Live Again” – guitar, uilleann pipes and whistles pinned to a solid backbeat of touching vocals. “Liberate” – Celtic mouth music. “Shelter” – “The Cathedral” of hope and a message of peace. “Hole Inside My Heart” – an awe-inspiring piece of music. “Departure”, an instrumental so beautiful in composition, that it will take your breath away.  The Folkmaster

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Gjallarhorn – Sjofn

Gjallarhorn SjofnGjallarhorn’s unique mix of world music finds its roots in the Swedish folk music of Finland. It features a layered style of mythical medieval ballads, whirling minuets, prayers in runo-metric chants and Icelandic rimur epics.

There are some moments of sheer improvisation and others that are “composed” and influenced in the classic Indian style.

Twin fiddles or fiddle and viola add depth and variation and a wonderful slide-didge creates a sharmanistic pulse that underpins many of the compositions. Jews Harp is also used to produce really interesting effects and Afro-Cuban, Indian and Middle-Eastern percussion heightens the dance as the drum beats out a trance-like rhythm. Continue reading Gjallarhorn – Sjofn

Eliza Carthy – Angels & Cigarettes

Interesting concept that explores a yearning for what you can’t have and an addiction for what you shouldn’t have.

Stylistically, the album reflects its title as an emotional melting pot of past and present states.

“Angels & Cigarettes” contains 10 carefully chosen tracks that subtly complement each other – like the opening track “Whispers of Summer”, which has a lovely upbeat feel and happily bobs along with its cheeky fiddle parts – compared to the “Train Song” which gently builds its rhythm to a faint Latin beat.

Eliza has assembled a collection of works that have a modern edge. Some of the most notable highlights are: the seductive night-time jazz backbeat of “Whole”: Van Dyke Parks pedal steel guitar on “Perfect”; and the progressive dance beat of “Breathe” with its undercurrent of piano – and the moment of collision – when breathing stops.

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Calico – Songdogs

Songdogs is the second album by Irish band Calico and takes its name from the book written by the Dublin-born author Colum McCann.

This album contains ten tracks, seven are original instrumentals, one is an original song and two are contemporary songs.

The new album features a 5-piece line up of Tola Custy (fiddle), Deirdre Moynihan (fiddle, vocals), Diarmaid Moynihan (pipes/ whistles), Donncha Moynihan (guitars) and Pat Marsh (bouzouki).

Songdogs is an outstanding album of scintillating Celtic rhythms mixed with moments of intimate and unspoilt vocal charm. From the haunting pipes of the “Elysian Fields”, the tragic lyric of the “Metal Drums”, to the surprisingly uplifting “Midnight at the Mausoleum”, and the fast paced dexterity of “Hooverville”: which, all-in-all, was definitely our bag.

Artist web link no longer available.  The Folkmaster

Andy Guttridge – Amongst Friends

“Amongst Friends” is a fine recording based on light soothing melodies with good guitar and vocal accompaniment sometimes reaching moments of purism.

There is a notable contribution in particular from Ric Sanders playing Zeta Viocello on “I call it Love” and violin on “The Storm” and “Black Shepherd”. The latter two are both powerful anti-whaling songs that chart man’s collision course with his natural world and in this case the “few” that are hell-bent on destroying the last remaining “lords of the deep”.

Andy is amongst some of the best musical friends he could hope to have who have all contributed enormously to the overall ambience of the album. They include, Kevin Dempsey, Chris Leslie, Tom Leary, Jim Bennion, Martin Green, Mark Lee, Neil Clarke and Matt Le Mare to name a few.

Artist web link no longer available.  The Folkmaster

Celtus Moonchild (Sony 487715 2)

Celtus Moonchild (Sony 487715 2)Debut album of the incredibly talented Celtus, who were previously the hugely successful hard rock band Mama’s Boys. Formed after the death of their drummer brother Tommy. John and Pat McManus from Enniskillen in Northern Ireland wrote the incredibly, mystical music to produce this fabulous album. A total change back to their musical roots. I have heard them described as Clannad/Enigma meets U2. At this point they were a five-piece band including fiddle, whistles, drums, guitar and keyboard. The haunting, atmospheric opening track of  “Strange Day in the Country”, after which we hear “Moonchild”. A track that promotes peace in the lyrics through beautiful harmonies, a powerful number that appears to be the favourite of most people who hear this album. Then Every Step of the Way, a more up-tempo track, followed by Some Kind of Wonder, with rich harmonies from the McManus Brothers. Brothers Lament was the first piece of Music John felt he could do after the death of his beloved brother; he picked up Tommy’s whistle and composed this song. Beyond the Dark, Love Turns to Dust, Rosa-Ree all give us this self-penned Celtic, lilting harmonies, we then come to the enigmatic The Pilgrim,  another favourite.. Trikuti, an instrumental with Johns whistle leading, and we end with We Two are One. We have two of All Ireland Champions – Whistle player John and Pat on his Fiddle, with guitar, bouziki, mandolin etc. A must have in any serious music lover’s collection.

Jean Camp2nd of November 2001

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