Where Dragons Dance

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Like just about any other type of world music, Celtic music can be either traditional or modern. Contemporary neo-Celtic artists can play either original or traditional songs, but if they do play a traditional Celtic standard, they aren't inclined to play it in a traditional way -- they might embrace something that the famous Irish harpist Turlough O'Carolan wrote in the 17th or 18th centuries, but they'll incorporate 20th or 21st century influences. Since 1979, Magical Strings has epitomized that neo-Celtic sense of adventure. The Bouldings are far from Celtic purists, and their desire to keep instrumental Celtic music forging ahead continues to serve them well on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Like just about any other type of world music, Celtic music can be either traditional or modern. Contemporary neo-Celtic artists can play either original or traditional songs, but if they do play a traditional Celtic standard, they aren't inclined to play it in a traditional way -- they might embrace something that the famous Irish harpist Turlough O'Carolan wrote in the 17th or 18th centuries, but they'll incorporate 20th or 21st century influences. Since 1979, Magical Strings has epitomized that neo-Celtic sense of adventure. The Bouldings are far from Celtic purists, and their desire to keep instrumental Celtic music forging ahead continues to serve them well on 2003's Where Dragons Dance. This CD doesn't pretend to be an exact replica of instrumental Celtic music as it was played in Dublin or Glasgow 300 years ago; on Where Dragons Dance, Celtic music is something to be combined with European classical, American folk, new age, and a variety of non-Celtic world music. Celtic music is the foundation, but there are plenty of non-Celtic influences as well -- and true to form, the Bouldings offer a healthy combination of original and non-original material. Where Dragons Dance has its share of time-honored Celtic standards, one of which is Thomas Connellan's "Molly St. George." The piece goes back to the 17th century Ireland; as the Bouldings point out in the liner notes, harpist Connellan was born in 1640 and was a generation older than O'Carolan who was born 30 years later in 1670. Not surprisingly, Magical Strings' version of "Molly St. George" reflects their modern outlook; so does their charming arrangement of the traditional Russian song "Cossack Lullaby." Of course, the word charming is equally descriptive of everything else on this CD, which is a solid addition to Magical Strings' catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/2003
  • Label: Alula
  • UPC: 616498300425
  • Catalog Number: 3004
  • Sales rank: 198,936

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Magical Strings Primary Artist
Philip Boulding Human Whistle, Hammered Dulcimer, Valiha, celtic harp
Brenin Boulding Cello
Brittany Boulding Vocals
Pam Boulding Concertina, Harmonium, Hammered Dulcimer
Jim Chapman Bouzouki
Tom Cregan uillean pipes
Jarrad Kaplan Dumbek, Percussion, Djembe, Shaker, Tibetan Bells
Technical Credits
Philip Boulding Arranger, Composer, Producer
Magical Strings Arranger
Brenin Boulding Composer
Brittany Boulding Composer
Pam Boulding Arranger, Composer, Producer, Cover Photo
Billy Oskay Engineer, Mastering
James Rourke Composer
Finbarr Dwyer Composer
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