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Atlantic Driftwood

Atlantic Driftwood

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by Thomas Loefke

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Performance Credits

Thomas Loefke   Primary Artist,Harp,Vocals,celtic harp
Máire Breatnach   Fiddle,Violin,Viola,Vocals
Ciaran Brennan   Keyboards,Vocals
Noel Duggan   Guitar,Vocals
Finbar Furey   uillean pipes
Padraig Duggan   Mandolin,Vocals
Kerstin Blodig   Bouzouki,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Ian Melrose   Synthesizer,Bouzouki,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Low Whistle
Urs Fuchs   Bass,Percussion
Jens Kommnick   Cello

Technical Credits

Máire Breatnach   Arranger
Ciaran Brennan   Arranger
Noel Duggan   Arranger
Mick Franke   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Padraig Duggan   Arranger
Thomas Loefke   Producer
Kerstin Blodig   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements,Adaptation
Aaron C. Yeagle   Executive Producer
Ian Melrose   Arranger,Programming,Whistle
Oisin Murray   Engineer

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Atlantic Driftwood 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thomas Loefke and friends breathe life and magic into compositions both traditional and new! This music is strikingly original and satisfyingly sincere. Loefke¿s strong, heart-felt harp playing is intertwined with the soulful low whistle of Ian Melrose, the sultry singing of Kerstin Blodig, and the complimentary strumming and plucking of guitar, mandolin and bozouki, along with a background of synth and some nicely varied percussion. The variety and texture of instrumentation makes this group¿s lush sound stand out from that of many other modern Celtic bands. The result is truly an ensemble effort--rich, diverse and ever interesting. One standout song is track #1, ¿The Snowy Birch Trees,¿ composed by Loefke and arranged by Melrose and ethereal singer Kerstin Blodig. Set above a ground of simple chord progressions, melodies and harmonies weave in and out, evolving and layering upon each other in ever-new, inventive ways. For those listeners who also play, grab your instrument, find the key (sounds like B flat minor, so some players may want to tune flat or sharp to simpler fingerings) and improvise along. Or vocalize. Though full of layers, there¿s room for one or two more, and the structure is easy to follow. Like many of Loefke¿s original compositions, it pulls you in, along for the ride. The fact that the lyrics to most of the sung selections are in clearly-enunciated Gaelic (I think it¿s Gaelic, anyway, though which dialect(s) I¿m not sure) adds to the Celtic ambience of the recording. I recommend this CD to anyone who loves clever, soulful arrangements and smiles; it¿s full of both, as are the other recordings by Loefke and friends, such as their 1994 release, ¿Norland Wind¿, and their most recent one, ¿December Journey¿.