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Celtic Reflections: Misty-Eyed Morning
     

Celtic Reflections: Misty-Eyed Morning

by John Whelan
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/27/1996
Label:
Narada
UPC:
0083616105222
catalogNumber:
61052

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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
John Whelan   Producer
Brendan Dolan   Engineer
Earle Hitchner   Liner Notes
Michael Sullivan   Executive Producer
Gary Solomon   Engineer

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