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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Celtus Moonchild and Portrait Albums – A Poetic look back

Celtus Moonchild and Portrait Albums folkmaster poetic reviewSitting in a high place, the darkness of night passes slowly to a dawn of eager glow. Beneath lie the souls of the loved and the lost. It’s a time of reflection and remembrance; the energy is so strong here that you feel it could ignite the spark to fuel the light of the dawning day.

Moonchild was born out of Tommy’s love, a musical journey through the inner struggle of the joy and celebration of life and the darker places where no exits lead to the reasons why. Moonchild is an uplifting and moving experience that will heal the darkest of hearts.

Celtus Moonchild and Portrait Albums folkmaster poetic reviewFrom this high place you view the gathering armies on the plain below, each with its banner and cause. The air is still and the faces of past and present people’s flash before your eyes. Possessed with the knowledge of all that has passed before, you stare in disbelief. As two worlds collide you shout “I am wide awake, I’m not sleeping”. For a moment time stands still, and the ground Celtus Moonchild and Portrait Albums folkmaster poetic reviewbeneath you groans “If you believe in peace it will heal the deepest of wounds”. You turn to leave this place to make the steep descent into the valley below with a single thought in your mind ” I have never lost my faith in you”. When you reach the valley below you are met with a single reflection – a Portrait of yourself.

The Folkmaster, Folking.com, 12th March 2000

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