Celtic harp, hammered
dulcimer, harmonium, Irish flutes, whistles, pan flute, oboe &
Star of County Down from this recording.
(Total recording time: 62 min.)
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Star of the County Down (Trad.)
Captain O'Kane (Turlough O'Carolan)
Bridget Cruise 2nd Air / 3rd Air (Turlough
Celtic Portrait (Roger Aldridge, BMI)
The Lass with the Delicate Air (Michael
Lord Mayo (David Murphy)
Danny Boy / Londonderry Aire (Trad.)
She Moved Through the Fair / Blarney
Eleanor Plunkett (Turlough O'Carolan)
Casey's Hornpipe (Trad.)
My Wild Irish Rose (Chauncey Olcott)
Kathleen Ashore (Trad.)
Shule Agra (A.P. Graves)
The music of Ireland
carries much of the country's history prior to the 1800's. Lacking
reading and writing skills, the Irish relied on the bards (poets &
musicians) as their historians. These wandering troubadours used
the oral tradition of song to document events and people with their and
songs. Thus history was preserved by passing the melodies and
words from generation to generation.
Often these songs were utilized to
"paint" musical portraits of important people. The Irish music was
particularly well suited for this task. The wide variety of
emotions and feelings expressed in Irish music (slow airs, laments,
hornpipes, reels, jigs & slip jigs), provided the composers with a vivid
palette for "painting" their subjects and varnishing them into time.
Several compositions by the Irish
O'Carolan (one of the most famous Irish bards) are featured on
this recording. Living in the 1600's, he traveled the Irish
landscape, playing for the aristocrats who served as his patrons.
In response, he would compose musical portraits of these patrons.
Several of his moving compositions are included in this recording.
You will also find several of your
favorite airs and dance tunes mixed in this Celtic bouquet.
Our instruments (Celtic harp, hammered
dulcimer, Irish flutes and whistles) are right at home with this
music. In addition, we both carry Celtic blood in our
heritage. Therefore, this music touches a deep
musical spirit within us.
Judy London, Harmonium:
Judy has shared musically with us for many
years through our church. We have always appreciated her
sensitivity and willingness to explore new musical venues. In
this recording, she coaxes beauty from our old antique portable
harmonium used by the chaplains in the field during WWI.
In addition to her
music degree, Judy is also a licensed RN and administers to others in
our local emergency room.
Nancy Summers, Oboe:
We met Nancy many years ago
when we played under her leadership in the Grand Rapids Chamber Winds.
Nancy presently serves as a free lance conductor and oboist in the
West Michigan area. While oboe is not a traditional Celtic
instrument, we feel you will be pleased with Nancy's addition to this
Kitty Donohoe & Wanda
Pooh Stevenson, Cello:
Pooh is Anne's cousin and is also featured on our Season's
Greetings recording. The warmth of her cello touches
one of our favorite Celtic arrangements on this recording,
The Star of the County Down.
She is known around Michigan
for her work with the Dennis Cyporyn Band and Lonesome
& Blue. She was also a member of the former Lady
of the Lakes. She also raises organic vegetables and
flowers with her family on their Central Michigan farm.
Proud Roger with
his latest "instrument", his grandson
Roger is the Collecting Consort's personal composer.
You will find one of his compositions on each of our recordings.
We trust you will enjoy
his creation of the title selection for this recording, Celtic
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