Daybreak: Fáinne an Lae

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
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: F?inne 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/14/2006
  • Label: Compass Records
  • UPC: 766397442822
  • Catalog Number: 4428
  • Sales rank: 68,231

Album Credits

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
Randy LeRoy Mastering
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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