Celtic Twilight, Vol. 7: Sacred Spirit

Celtic Twilight, Vol. 7: Sacred Spirit


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This volume of Hearts of Space's "Celtic" series features the work of their label staples in an elongated -- and sometimes even poetic -- meditation on the "sacred." Of course, Christianity is prevalent in many of the old songs, but the feelings that groups such as Anúna, Stellamara, and even the Cambridge Singers inspire are outside of religion, and in some ways outside time. These original songs and interpretations are rendered in forms of sonic poetry that appeal to that which is sacred inside the individual as opposed to underscoring a particular tradition. One of the most moving cuts here is by the inimitable -- and almost absurdly gifted -- Cathie Ryan, whose reading of "Coaineadh Na Dtri Muire (Lament of the Three Marys)" carries within it the grief, the love, and the ghostly sense of absence that pervades the lives of the three women when Christ was taken from them. In the "lament" aspect of the title, the song spirits its way from the individual to the listener, who can feel a connection by the rise and fall of her voice as she sings. Mark O'Connor's valley lonesome take on "Amazing Grace" restores the tune to its origins, primitive yet elegant in its simplicity and spirit. This is a winner. Forget tags like "new age" and "Celtic", and simply breathe it all in. It washes one's head -- and perhaps even heart -- clean for a time, and opens the world up for a little while.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/13/2007
Label: Hearts Of Space
UPC: 0025041111720
catalogNumber: 11117
Rank: 130480

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Neff   Strings,Bells,Sounds,Drones
Gerry O'Beirne   spanish guitar
Jamshied Sharifi   Keyboards
Aine Minogue   Harp,Vocals,Harmony
Monica Donlon   Soloist
Cathie Ryan   Vocals
Sonia Drakulich   Keyboards,Vocals,Frame Drum
Mark Seagraves   Sounds,Drones
Kim Lynch   Soloist
Lucy Champion   Soloist
Joanna Fagan   Soloist
Tim Rayborn   Vocals
Matthew Barley   Cello

Technical Credits

Seamus Egan   Audio Production
John Rutter   Composer,Director
Stephen Hill   Art Direction
William Coulter   Producer,Audio Production
Brian Masterson   Producer,Audio Production
John Neff   Arranger
Jamshied Sharifi   Arranger,drum programming
Jullian White   Producer
Aine Minogue   Arranger
Cathie Ryan   Arranger,Adaptation
David Lynch   Audio Production
Jon Birge   Executive Producer
Michael McGlynn   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Jef Stott   Arranger,Composer
Sonia Drakulich   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Ellen Holmes   Liner Notes,Concept
Traditional   Composer
Mark Seagraves   Arranger
Chris Craker   Producer,Audio Production
Matthew Barley   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Jillian White   Audio Production
Alexander van Ingen   Audio Production

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