Solas

Solas

by Talitha MacKenzie

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Overview

Solas

Starting from a multilayered treatment of a Hebridean waulking song nestled in electronics, this solo release by the Mouth Music alumnus keeps getting better -- until the halfway point, when the disc doesn't so much run out of steam as abandons its smarts. The best cuts show how the eccentricities and earthiness of Celtic music lend themselves to various traditional and avant-garde marriages, like "Sein O," which embeds a clipped-syllable puirt-a-beul lyric in a bogle rhythm introduced by a hair-raising sample of Huun Huur Tu's Tuvan throat singing. But the ode to positive thinking "Owen's Boat" belongs in a TV movie, and "Chi mi na Morbheanan/JFK" uses St. Jack soundbites about fighting tyranny without a trace of irony -- hallowing our descent into Southeast Asia. Decent songs do follow...

Product Details

Release Date: 04/05/1994
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351798428
catalogNumber: 79084

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Talitha MacKenzie   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Dave Aitch   Dumbek,Chimes,Conga,Cymbals,Drums,Pipe,Tambourine,Timbales,Whistle (Instrument),Quiro,Caxixi,Vibes
Richard Allan   Saxophone
Karen Berger   Background Vocals
Chris Birkett   Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Zoe Capernaros   Background Vocals
Dolfyn   Background Vocals
Jan Fairley   Background Vocals
Rachel Harrison   Background Vocals
Jenny Haswell   Background Vocals
Ross MacKenzie   Voices
Gavin Marwick   Fiddle
Lain McKinna   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Background Vocals
Ian Plested   Vocals
Moray Rumney   Fiddle
Thursa Sanderson   Background Vocals
Gary Spacey-Foote   Flute
Gary West   Pipe
Jim Walker   Drums
Mike Nolan   Piano,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Dave Aitch   Arranger
Chris Birkett   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Talitha MacKenzie   Arranger,Producer
Alasdair Macleod   Contributor
Lain McKinna   Arranger,Producer

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