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Daybreak: Fáinne an Lae
     

Daybreak: Fáinne an Lae

by Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh
 
If a listener approaches Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh's new album expecting to hear traditional interpretations of Celtic folk songs, he or she will probably be disappointed. If, on the other hand, a listener approaches Daybreak: Fáinne an Lae as contemporary folk that borrows a thing or two from tradition, he or she will find it quite enjoyable. Part of the problem

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If a listener approaches Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh's new album expecting to hear traditional interpretations of Celtic folk songs, he or she will probably be disappointed. If, on the other hand, a listener approaches Daybreak: Fáinne an Lae as contemporary folk that borrows a thing or two from tradition, he or she will find it quite enjoyable. Part of the problem in how to interpret her music is that even her name, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, hints at tradition, as does the album's title. And it doesn't help that she sings a number of old folk songs in her native tongue, again hinting at a commitment to traditionalism. But whatever language Amhlaoibh sings, and whether the songs come from ancient sources or Richard Thompson, the songs that grace Daybreak are easygoing and gentle contemporary folk in the style of Kate Rusby (not Anne Briggs). The opener, "Western Highway," for instance, would be perfectly at home on a number of NPR programs. Daybreak allows Amhlaoibh to take center stage and, along with her pleasing vocals, show off her prowess on both the flute and whistle. Fans of her previous work with Danú will welcome her debut on Compass.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/14/2006
Label:
Compass Records
UPC:
0766397442822
catalogNumber:
4428
Rank:
48886

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Performance Credits

Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh   Primary Artist
John Doyle   Guitar
Shane MacGowan   Guitar
Gerry O'Beirne   Guitar,Ukulele,12-string Guitar,national steel guitar
Tony Byrne   Guitar
Éamon Doorley   Bouzouki
Oisín McAuley   Fiddle,Background Vocals
Julie Fowlis   Background Vocals
Billy Mag Fhloinn   Bodhran

Technical Credits

Tim Finn   Composer
Richard Thompson   Composer
John Doyle   Arranger
Shane MacGowan   Arranger
Gerry O'Beirne   Composer
Ivan O'Shea   Engineer
Tony Byrne   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh   Arranger,Producer
Éamon Doorley   Arranger
Oisín McAuley   Arranger
Áine Moynihan   translation

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