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Celtic Reflections: Misty-Eyed Morning

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All Music Guide - Kurt Keefner
Narada packaged this album as if was another in its series of Celtic anthologies Celtic Voices, Celtic Legacy and Celtic Odyssey. This was a mistake on the label's part, because Celtic Reflections is actually a very individual work. A collection of original tunes almost all written by button-accordion wizard Whelan, the album also features such musical luminaries as Jay Ungar and Molly Mason of "Ashokan Farewell" fame and Pat Kilbride, formerly of the Battlefield Band. At first glance one might not think there was much to distinguish the various numbers: they are all instrumental; the accordion dominates them all; the production and engineering, though competent, do not do...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Kurt Keefner
Narada packaged this album as if was another in its series of Celtic anthologies Celtic Voices, Celtic Legacy and Celtic Odyssey. This was a mistake on the label's part, because Celtic Reflections is actually a very individual work. A collection of original tunes almost all written by button-accordion wizard Whelan, the album also features such musical luminaries as Jay Ungar and Molly Mason of "Ashokan Farewell" fame and Pat Kilbride, formerly of the Battlefield Band. At first glance one might not think there was much to distinguish the various numbers: they are all instrumental; the accordion dominates them all; the production and engineering, though competent, do not do quite enough to create for each song its own unique sound-world. That having been said, the various tunes do, surprisingly, stand out from one another. Two favorites on the album were not written by Whelan but by synthesizer and piano player Kinny Landrum: "Longing for Home, Longing for Here" combines the drama of its repeated bass synthesizer figure with the yearning of the accordion and the fiddle; "Cape Finisterre" features more drama, with cittern and castanets. Two or three of Whelan's own songs sound like Maria Kalaniemi. Celtic enthusiasts need not hesitate.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/27/1996
  • Label: Narada
  • UPC: 083616105246
  • Catalog Number: 61052

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Whelan Primary Artist, Accordion
Seamus Egan Flute, Guitar, Mandolin, Whistle (Instrument), tin whistle
Pat Kilbride Synthesizer, Guitar, Vocals, Cittern
John Simon Harmonium
Greg Anderson Acoustic Guitar
Lisa Gutkin Violin, Baritone Violin
Kinny Landrum Synthesizer, Piano
Molly Mason Bass
Jerry O'Sullivan Bagpipes, uillean pipes, tin whistle
Jay Ungar Fiddle
Brendan Dolan Synthesizer, Piano
John Ballesteros Percussion
Technical Credits
Chris Andersen Engineer
Kinny Landrum Producer, co-arranger
Trevor Sadler Mastering
John Whelan Producer
Brendan Dolan Engineer
Earle Hitchner Liner Notes
Michael Sullivan Executive Producer
Gary Solomon Engineer
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