Heritage

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
After drenching themselves in pop music for It's Entertainment! and the seasonal Celtic Thunder Christmas album in 2010, Celtic Thunder return to their own brand of shiny new age Celtic-flavored music with Heritage. During the sessions for the album, one of the quintet's original vocalists, Paul Byrom, left the group and was replaced by Emmet Cahill -- though both appear here. The material on Heritage is a mix of traditional tunes, Phil Coulter originals, covers, and even a revisit of "Come by the Hills" from the group's debut album -- sung here in a Gaelic version, "Buachaill ón Eirne," and in a very different voice by Damian McGinty (he was only 14 when he sang it the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
After drenching themselves in pop music for It's Entertainment! and the seasonal Celtic Thunder Christmas album in 2010, Celtic Thunder return to their own brand of shiny new age Celtic-flavored music with Heritage. During the sessions for the album, one of the quintet's original vocalists, Paul Byrom, left the group and was replaced by Emmet Cahill -- though both appear here. The material on Heritage is a mix of traditional tunes, Phil Coulter originals, covers, and even a revisit of "Come by the Hills" from the group's debut album -- sung here in a Gaelic version, "Buachaill ón Eirne," and in a very different voice by Damian McGinty (he was only 14 when he sang it the first time). Ryan Kelly leads an unusually uptempo and rock-tinged version of "Black Is the Color," and Keith Harkin and Neil Byrne duet on the electric guitar-saturated "Whiskey in the Jar" (inspired no doubt by, but not holding a candle to, Thin Lizzy's definitive version). Byrom is present in a very sentimental "My Love Is Like a Red Red Rose," accompanied by Coulter's piano before the rest of the musicians and orchestra kick in. "Home from the Sea," a Coulter-penned tune, showcases the entire quintet (with Byrom) in chorus-line solidarity. Cahill's showcase is on "Kindred Spirits," a harp-driven folkish ballad written especially for him by Coulter. His theater singer's tenor works seamlessly inside this group's silky voices. "Gold & Silver Days" is another Coulter number that evokes all the archetypal Irish images of the days of yore; it's sung effectively and nostalgically by Kelly and George Donaldson. The strangest moment here is the adaptation of Steve Earle's rough-and-tumble "The Galway Girl," which melded Texas honky tonk and Celtic melody; here it is strictly an irish drinking song with whistles, fiddles, bodhran, and kit drums sung in chorus by the quintet (with Cahill). It's a wild transformation that anyone who's heard Earle's version will never be comfortable with. That said, given that most of Celtic Thunder's audience has probably never heard of the songwriter, it will please them to no end. For those fans of the Celtic Thunder song-and-dance stage show and the group's pre-pop recordings, this is no doubt a welcome return to form.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2011
  • Label: Celtic Thunder Ltd
  • UPC: 602527602431
  • Catalog Number: 001519502
  • Sales rank: 7,367

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Celtic Thunder Primary Artist
Phil Coulter Keyboards
Dave Cooke Keyboards
Ivan Gilliland Guitar
Noeleen Carslaw Leader
Declan O'Donoghue Percussion, Drums
Conor McCreanor Bass Guitar, Double Bass
Neil Byrne Guitar
Seana Davey Harp
Emmet Cahill Vocals
Technical Credits
Phil Coulter Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Musical Director
Denis Blackham Mastering
Dave Cooke Arranger
Brendan Monaghan Whistle
Enda Walsh Studio Supervisor
Ryan Kelly Contributor
Michael Keeney Engineer, Orchestration, Pro-Tools
Paul Byrom Contributor
Sharon Browne Producer, Executive Producer, Creation
George Donaldson Contributor
Damian McGinty Contributor
Keith Harkin Contributor
Neil Byrne Contributor
Emmet Cahill Contributor
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  • Posted February 26, 2011

    Highly Recommended, a must

    The CD is pure Celtic Thunder, it brings you up, it makes you smile, it hits your heart. It is music, it is pure entertainment, it is what must be heard, for hooked, it will bring you back for more.
    Celtic Thunder does what Neil Diamond does, entertains you with the song, the music, nothing else, they enjoy singing the songs, they tell the story with feeling, this is why since the 60's people keep coming to hear Diamond, Celtic Thunder does the same.
    The singers, the musicians, this is a Class Act, they have set the bar high for others to reach.
    You will not be let down, this is a sure hit and once you hear the CD, you will purchase the DVD.
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  • Posted February 23, 2011

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    Highly Recommended for Celtic Thunder Fans!!

    Just bought the CD yesterday and it is amazing! I went to their concert in Pittsburgh, PA back in September 2010 and they performed songs from this album and I couldn't wait for it to be released. I also have to say that I like the newest member, Emmet Cahill, and the spong he brings to the group.

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