Méav

Méav

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Méav is the ethereal Irish soprano who caught the public's ear as principal soloist with the Anúna Irish choral group in RIVERDANCE. Her sound is pure and transparent, and while it might not blow through the rafters at a pub sing, its powerful innocence could stop a barroom brawl cold. The moving

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Méav is the ethereal Irish soprano who caught the public's ear as principal soloist with the Anúna Irish choral group in RIVERDANCE. Her sound is pure and transparent, and while it might not blow through the rafters at a pub sing, its powerful innocence could stop a barroom brawl cold. The moving lament "Ailein Dunn" (Theme from "Rob Roy") enhances her voice's airy quality with an accompaniment of Irish whistle and strings, while Michael Balfe's "I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls" (made popular on Enya's SHEPHERD MOONS), preserves the gentle orchestral sound of its mid-19th century operatic origins. Her sirenlike performance of Edvard Grieg's "Solvieg's Song," set among hushed tiptoes of strings and harp, is absolutely riveting. In "She Moved through the Fair," "Im A Doun," and the drone-driven "Sí do Mhaimeó," Irish drums and chanting male voices create a hot-blooded contrast to Méav's lyric descant. Each song -- whether lullaby, lament, or love song -- is in a perfect setting, like a fine gem. The orchestration for "The Death of Queen Jane" (about one of King Henry VIII's wives), for example, uses instruments appropriate to the period: lute, harpsichord, and viola da gamba. But the point of this album is the singing, and Méav's vocal purity will keep luring you back for more.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
After beginning her career as a frequent soloist for the Irish choral group Anuna and a cast member of Riverdance, Meav finally gets a chance to make her own artistic statement with this self-titled debut album, which features both traditional-style Celtic ensembles and sweeping, almost new-age orchestral backing. It isn't a purist's vision of Celtic music, but it demonstrates the versatility, taste, and beauty of Meav's voice, and it's overall quite a lovely recording.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/08/2000
Label:
Hearts Of Space
UPC:
0025041109826
catalogNumber:
11098

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Méav   Primary Artist,Harp,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Andrew Robinson   Viola Da Gamba
Frank Gallagher   Fiddle,Viola,Whistle (Instrument)
Ivan Gilliland   Guitar
David Agnew   Oboe,Recorder,Cor anglais
David Downes   Keyboards
Brian Fleming   Drums,Bodhran
Richard Sweeney   Lute
Geraint Roberts   Bass
David Adams   Harpsichord
Anotas   Choir, Chorus
Mark Armstrong   Keyboards
Eunan McDonald   Background Vocals,Mouth Percussion

Technical Credits

Tony Harris   Engineer
David Agnew   Arranger,Producer
David Downes   Arranger,Producer
Paul Ashe-Brown   Engineer
Méav   Arranger,Producer
Mark Armstrong   Arranger,Programming,Producer

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Méav 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Meav's sound is like Enya's, and I am sure there will be comparisons, but Meav's sounds simpler and clearer to me. I love her version of classic Celtic favorites (She moved through the fair, Im a doun, I wish my love was a red red rose, I dreamt I dwelt in marble halls). I think my favorite is probably Solveig's Song. It is minor, mournful, and characteristic of Grieg's work. Meav sounds like a bird during the sighing, soaring chorus. She sings with exquisite control and care, yet with feeling and passion. It's interesting the way she also incorporates the use of a backup choral group. It's almost a chant. I had never heard such a fiesty, happy version of She Moved Through the Fair. The drums get going, the other voices join in, and it sounds like a great celebration, which I never thought it was until I heard her version. Also, she left out the sad part of that song, which I like. Can't wait until her next album!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just happened on this artist. I'm a huge fan of Enya and Meave is right up there. She has the sweetest voice. I'm so excited to get her new CD and look forward to more.