Distant Shore

Distant Shore

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by Órla Fallon
     
 
Singer/harpist Órla Fallon makes greatest use of her angelic voice on her second album, Distant Shore, although, toward the end of the disc she does play a medley of airs on her harp. This is contemporary Celtic music to the point of being folk-pop with an Irish accent, really. It is similar to Enya (if without nearly as many overdubs) and

Overview

Singer/harpist Órla Fallon makes greatest use of her angelic voice on her second album, Distant Shore, although, toward the end of the disc she does play a medley of airs on her harp. This is contemporary Celtic music to the point of being folk-pop with an Irish accent, really. It is similar to Enya (if without nearly as many overdubs) and Clannad, in that sense. Fallon sings of true love and faith and angels in a mixture of her own compositions, traditional material, and, in the case of "Voices on the Wind," a cover of a Little Feat song. Her gentle tone and careful phrasing suggest optimism, but there is always an undercurrent of melancholy in Celtic music, and it comes out explicitly at the end in her rendition of Stephen Foster's "Hard Times," which she begins unaccompanied. Still, this is a lovely album of warm ballad music effectively played and sung.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/22/2009
Label:
Green Hill
UPC:
0792755566428
catalogNumber:
55664
Rank:
102922

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Órla Fallon   Primary Artist,Harp,Vocals,Background Vocals
Dónal Lunny   Bouzouki
Máire Breatnach   Fiddle,Viola
Liam Bradley   Drums
Jim Brickman   Piano
Noel Eccles   Percussion
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Eoghan O'Neill   Bass
Chance Scoggins   Leader,Choir, Chorus
Dan Shea   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Keyboards
Davy Spillane   Low Whistle
Todd Denman   Pipe,Human Whistle
Moore   Acoustic Guitar
Alan Smale   Strings,Leader
Jovaun Woods   Choir, Chorus
Mark Hill   Bass
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki,Electric Guitar
Michelle Swift   Choir, Chorus
Michael OBrian   Choir, Chorus
Beth "Diva" Davis   Strings
David James   Strings
Robbie Harris   Bodhran
Missi Hale   Background Vocals
Mia Cooper   Strings
Felicia Wolfe   Background Vocals
Feargal Murray   Organ,Piano
Beth Davis   Strings
Mary Pitchford   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Stephen Foster   Composer
John Bettis   Composer
Brian Masterson   Engineer
Eoghan O'Neill   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Chance Scoggins   Arranger
Dan Shea   Arranger,Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Bill Whittington   Engineer
Ray Fean   Composer
Todd Denman   Whistle
Moore   Arranger,Composer
Rolf Lovland   Composer
Turlough O'Carolan   Composer
Donagh Long   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Órla Fallon   Composer,Executive Producer
Denny Young   Executive Producer,Management
Melanie Rogers   Publicity
Fuller   Composer
Brendan Graham   Composer
Lee Wright   Graphic Design
Peter Eades   Composer

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Distant Shore 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Azcarmclan More than 1 year ago
I would agree with another reviewer that this album differs from her previous release The Water is Wide, but I do not think the difference is nearly as extreme as that reviewer suggests. On this album Orla explores some different styles but none of them are incompatible with her voice and the result is very enjoyable--a true listening pleasure. I particularly like the songs "Distant Shore," "Bean an Ti," "Simple Love," and "My Land" but I cannot say that there is a single song on the album that I do not enjoy. If you like Orla's voice, I do not think you will be disappointed by this album. I am certainly looking forward to more from Orla in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DisappointedinFlorida More than 1 year ago
I was incredibly disappointed in this CD. Orla was by far my favorite of all the Celtic Women, from the original group through the present group. This just simply isn't the Orla I quickly came to love. She sounds more like Jackie Kennedy (I'm a big fan of hers too but not of her voice) or baby talk. The difference is that Jackie always spoke like that-Orla made a choice to sing that way on this CD. Where's the adult Orla with the lovely haunting voice present on her 1st solo CD (before Celtic Woman) & in her CW performances? You won't find it here. Nor will you find much of her harp (I only noticed it on 1 song & believe me, I listened intently hoping to hear it)-most of the music sounds like a synthesizer. Perhaps it's because I was such a fan & so looked forward to this CD that I was so very disappointed. I hope her Christmas CD soon to be released is the "old" Orla. I miss her.
starmanJM More than 1 year ago
She captured our hearts as the lovely and talented harpist in the Irish group Celtic Woman, which took America by storm and continue to thrill audiences throughout the world. Now, in her first album since leaving the group, Orla Fallon has given new heart to her many fans who were devastated by her departure from the group with this wonderful new release. She has the help of first class musicians, including Celtic Woman bassist Eoghan O'Neill, who co-produced the album and guitarist Des Moore. The selection of songs and styles varies more widely than her first solo album, The Water is Wide. Yet the beautiful voice of Orla is every bit as moving and delightful as ever. And fear not-her harp is back. The particular charm of her singing and harp playing are featured in several numbers. A first-class production all around, existing fans will not be disappointed and new fans are in for a delightful treat with this new solo album from this celtic angel. If this is any indication of what we may expect from her as a solo artist, we are in for many bright days ahead!