Foxlight

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Five years after the award-winning Invisible Fields, Iarla ? Lion?ird, one of the greatest living practitioners of the sean-n?s ("old-style") tradition of Celtic singing, returns with Foxlight. In the interim, he was prominently featured as a co-collaborator with composer Donnacha Dennehy on the classical work Gr? Agus B?s, which was written for him. Foxlight was produced by guitarist Leo Abrahams, who, if anything, deserves co-billing here. He assembled the players, assisted in arrangements, and presents ? Lion?ird as a singular artist. For the first time in the singer's career, he presents more original than traditional material, though with sean-n?s so deeply embedded in ...
See more details below
CD (Digi-Pak)
$14.75
BN.com price
(Save 13%)$16.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (4) from $13.22   
  • New (4) from $13.22   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Five years after the award-winning Invisible Fields, Iarla Ó Lionáird, one of the greatest living practitioners of the sean-nós ("old-style") tradition of Celtic singing, returns with Foxlight. In the interim, he was prominently featured as a co-collaborator with composer Donnacha Dennehy on the classical work Grá Agus Bás, which was written for him. Foxlight was produced by guitarist Leo Abrahams, who, if anything, deserves co-billing here. He assembled the players, assisted in arrangements, and presents Ó Lionáird as a singular artist. For the first time in the singer's career, he presents more original than traditional material, though with sean-nós so deeply embedded in his DNA, even these pieces carry the tradition's legacy. One needn't listen much further than opener "The Heart of the World" for evidence. A sparse instrumental drone of cello and effects introduce it, with guitars slowly cutting into its center. Bird songs, piano, percussion, and more guitars pick up the tempo as Ó Lionáird opens the song up into a rich pastorale. Singing in Gaelic, his lyric resembles the later poems of James Wright. Of the traditional tunes here, including "Fainne Geal an Lae" (The Bright Ring of Day), he takes less license than he has in the past. The melody, immediately apparent, is treated with acoustic guitars, ringing pristinely in the backdrop as his rich tenor flows through the mix. The title track could be a spiritual, a hymn to nature itself, a love song, or all simultaneously. Sung in both Gaelic and English, his voice roams in the airiness of Abrahams' mix as guitars, electronic ambience, and backmasked effects float amid cellos and organic percussion. "Daybreak" is a vocal duet with Norwegian singer Sara Marielle Gaup, offering her part in her native Sami tongue, creating something otherworldly in the process. "Hand in Hand," among the most modern-sounding things here, lets Ó Lionáird employ his falsetto amid textured guitars and chamber strings, while "For the Heavens" is almost a straight Celtic rock song (à la Horslips), with a sweet hook that builds to a thunderous percussive climax. The lyric in the set's longest track, "Seven Suns," was taken from a 16th century poem of prayer. In Ó Lionáird's voice, the entreaty to the divine (a lament, actually) is populated by tabla drums, shimmering guitars, a ridge-deep bassline, and dry, natural-sounding strings. The more the lyric reaches for the heavens, the singer and instrumentalists root it to the frail flesh and blood of humanity. Foxlight, with its added emphasis on original material, is a gorgeous step forward for Ó Lionáird.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/12/2013
  • Label: Real World
  • UPC: 884108000212
  • Catalog Number: 80021
  • Sales rank: 109,779

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Heart Of The World (4:47)
  2. 2 Daybreak (5:03)
  3. 3 Fainne Geal An Lae (4:47)
  4. 4 Glistening Fields (4:23)
  5. 5 Eleanor Plunkett (4:26)
  6. 6 Foxlight (4:25)
  7. 7 The Goat Song (3:42)
  8. 8 For The Heavens (4:51)
  9. 9 Hand In Hand (4:04)
  10. 10 Imeacht (4:44)
  11. 11 Seven Suns (6:16)
  12. 12 Stay (4:32)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Iarla Ó Lionáird Primary Artist, Vocals
Graham Henderson Piano
Neill MacColl Acoustic Guitar
Leo Abrahams Piano, Electric Guitar
Jon Hopkins Piano, Keyboards
Leafcutter John electronics
Vince Sipprell Viola
Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh Fiddle
Oliver Coates Cello
Emma Smith Violin
Lucy Railton Cello
Sara Marielle Gaup Vocals
Simon Edwards Bass, Marimbula, Sentir
Fred Thomas Percussion
Technical Credits
Turlough O'Carolan Composer
Iarla Ó Lionáird Composer
Mandy Parnell Mastering
Traditional Composer
Gabriel Rosenstock Composer, Biographical Notes
Leo Abrahams Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer
Feargal Ward Portrait Photography
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously