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Celtic Woman Lynn Hilary's Take Me with You: You'll be glad if you do!
Celtic Woman Lynn Hilary's Take Me with You: You'll be glad if you do!, April 26, 2009
By John W. Mann (Lexington, KY USA) - See all my reviews
The majority of listeners may know soprano Lynn Hilary as one of the lovely soloists from the Angel-voiced Irish phenomena Celtic Woman, presently touring the country in a new production called Isle of Hope. They had been brought to the attention of the American public through the plentiful airing of their music and sponsorship of their US tours by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (PBS). As such, they have come into our living rooms and the hearts of viewers throughout the nation. Their music and their tours have become and remain a national sensation and are a growing force on the world music scene.
Interest in Celtic Woman as a group naturally leads to interest in the individual talents of the beautiful young women who comprise its soloists. As such, they have released individual CDs through which the public may get to know and enjoy them as individual artists. And such is the case with the most recent of these individual releases, Lynn Hilary's Take Me with You. Co-production of the CD is attributed to Lynn Hilary and Don Mescall. The two have collaborated on not just the performances, but in the writing of much of the best material on the album.
This is not an album of traditional Celtic Music, but of beautiful music, much of it with an Irish theme. Erin Beo, a Hilary/Mescall composition, evokes memories of the loss and anguish experienced during the mass emigrations of the potato famines by those left behind. It's inclusion in the present Isle of Hope Tour would have been a propos, but instead included is the delightful Carolina Rua.
Certainly one of the more popular numbers on the album, Carolina Rua is one which you may have the delight in seeing Lyn perform live with Celtic Woman, albeit in a different arrangement which takes advantage of the talents of the Celtic Woman percussionists Ray Fean and Nick Bailey in adding a Caribbean flavor to the song. On the album, it is the fine guitar work of Don Mescall which is its distinctive feature, concluding with the delightfully accredited "giggles" of Eve Mescall. I would recommend that these be incorporated in the new show arrangement, courtesy of fellow Celtic Woman soloist Chloe Agnew, the most notably-accomplished and delightful giggler of the bunch!
Another number which has proved to be a favorite is Swimming in the Barrow by John McGlynn. A playful, lighthearted number, nimbly performed by Lynn at breakneck speed, will leave you amazed, delighted and amused with this ode to the Irish summers of youth. The album is full of wonderful, original numbers covering aspects of the human heart--love, loss, despair-- but not leaving out faith and hope! There really are no weak songs on this album.
There is much original material presented here, much of it poignant and romantic--made more so by the beautiful voice of such a lovely and graceful young woman whom the world is coming to know through Celtic Woman, but who through this release shows us clearly that she is a talent of her own to be reckoned with and one from whom, hopefully, the world will see and hear much more over the years. It will be to your gain if you make it yours now!
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Posted August 25, 2009
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