Distant Shore

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/22/2009
  • Label: Green Hill
  • UPC: 792755566428
  • Catalog Number: 55664
  • Sales rank: 37,367

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Who Knows?... - Órla Fallon (4:36)
  2. 2 Distant Shore - Órla Fallon (4:29)
  3. 3 Dancing in the Moonlight - Órla Fallon (3:56)
  4. 4 My Land - Órla Fallon (3:56)
  5. 5 Shooting Star - Órla Fallon (3:15)
  6. 6 Bean An Tí - Órla Fallon (2:51)
  7. 7 Always There - Órla Fallon (4:08)
  8. 8 Voices on the Wind - Órla Fallon (4:47)
  9. 9 Simple Love - Órla Fallon (4:30)
  10. 10 My Waking World - Órla Fallon (3:55)
  11. 11 Eleanor Plunkett: Trip to Shanbally/Michael O'Dwyer's - Órla Fallon (4:43)
  12. 12 You'll Never Be the Sun - Órla Fallon (4:05)
  13. 13 Hard Times - Órla Fallon (3:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Órla Fallon Primary Artist, Harp, Vocals, Background Vocals
Celtic Woman Indexed Contributor
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
Des 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 Jr 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, Mastering
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
Des 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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  • Posted February 6, 2012

    Another excellent album

    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.

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  • Posted November 4, 2010

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    not the same Orla

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Orla Fallon fans will rejoice in her first post-Celtic Woman album

    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!

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