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Celtic Solstice

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How many Celtic sessions can claim, "Oh, Paul Halley dropped in and played the pipe organ"? Soprano saxman Paul Winter heads up this Celtic consort in the world's largest cathedral, New York's St. John the Divine. Halley's up in the organ loft, and his monumental sound fits snugly against the reedy uillean pipes of Davy Spillane and Jerry O'Sullivan. Winter's soaring sax finds new dimensions in the traditional Celtic sound. There are plenty of soulful solos from members of the ensemble, but the showstopper is "O'Farrell's Welcome to Limerick," a silly, joyful march that builds and builds until you'll be parading 'round the coffee table. Winter's friends include fiddler ...
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Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
How many Celtic sessions can claim, "Oh, Paul Halley dropped in and played the pipe organ"? Soprano saxman Paul Winter heads up this Celtic consort in the world's largest cathedral, New York's St. John the Divine. Halley's up in the organ loft, and his monumental sound fits snugly against the reedy uillean pipes of Davy Spillane and Jerry O'Sullivan. Winter's soaring sax finds new dimensions in the traditional Celtic sound. There are plenty of soulful solos from members of the ensemble, but the showstopper is "O'Farrell's Welcome to Limerick," a silly, joyful march that builds and builds until you'll be parading 'round the coffee table. Winter's friends include fiddler Eileen Ivers, whistle player Joanie Madden, and harpist Carol Thompson, with Karan Casey from Solas an outstanding vocalist on several tracks.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/9/1999
  • Label: LIVING MUSIC
  • UPC: 010488152924
  • Catalog Number: 81529

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Winter Primary Artist, Soprano Saxophone
Paul Halley Synthesizer, Piano, Pipe organ
Carol Thompson Harp, celtic harp
Eileen Ivers Fiddle
Karan Casey Vocals
Jamey Haddad Percussion, Drums, Stick, Multi Instruments, Djembe, Agogo, Shaker, Angklung, Tamborim, Log Drums, Grand Cassa, Frame Drum
Joanie Madden Flute, Human Whistle
Zan McLeod Guitar
Jerry O'Sullivan uillean pipes
Davy Spillane uillean pipes, Low Whistle
Paul Winter Consort Soprano Saxophone
Bakithi Kumalo Bass
Austin McGrath Bodhran
Technical Credits
Paul Halley Arranger
Paul Winter Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
Carol Thompson Adaptation
The Rankin Family Arranger
Karan Casey Arranger
George Marino Mastering
Paul Winter Consort Arranger, Producer, Adaptation
Caitlin Matthews Paintings
Brenda Duke Artwork, Cover Design
Danuta Meyer Paintings
Oisín Ó Siochrú translation
Dixon Van Winkle Producer, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A mellow, reflective Celtic reverie.

    This is not the earthy, foot-pounding fire of “Riverdance” or Gaelic Storm, but instead a reverent, soulful, easy-going take on Celtic music--the Celtic and neo-Celtic equivalent, perhaps, of smooth jazz. Despite the large number of participants in the project-as-a-whole, many of the numbers are quiet trios. Joannie Madden and Davy Spillane steal the show with their wistful, achingly mournful playing of whistle and pipes. There is also a fair amount of Paul Halley’s pipe organ artistry, which is wonderful to hear in this music. The organ is so often a solo instrument when in concert, unmatchable in volume or range, and elsewise relegated to the accompaniment of choirs in conventional religious works. It’s nice to hear it do its own thing here--its own improv--and yet also be an integral part of so many of the compositions. All in all, “Celtic Solstice” is an innovative, dreamy and gently- rollicking escape from a world that is often all too hectic. For more gently innovative Celtic music with an occasional hint of jazz, try the compilation album “Celtic Mist: Quiet Moods from Ancient Lands”, from Maggie’s Music.

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