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Limited edition includes bonus tote kit. 2012 release, the sixth album from the internationally acclaimed vocal phenomenon. Celtic Woman is the all-female singing sensation featuring vocalists Chlo‰ Agnew, Lisa Kelly, Lisa Lambe and Celtic violinist M ir‚ad Nesbitt performing classic Irish songs ("The Water Is Wide," "Green Grow the Rushes," "A Woman's Heart," "The Parting Glass"), timeless pop anthems ("Bridge Over Troubled Water," "Sailing"), and inspirational songs ("You'll Never Walk Alone," "Ave Maria") with their signature Celtic Woman twist, under the distinct musical direction of Emmy-nominated music producer, David Downes.
All of the songs performed are fabulous! These young women have brought style and wonderful music back to our time. There is wonderful, energizing music. Their voices blend so well, if you close your eyes, you almost can't tell the singers apart..the BLEND of their voices is precise and wonderful. You can't help but enjoy this and all of their music over the years. They have only been around since about 2005. Celtic Woman's CD's and DVD's are a must for the music lover!
Personnel: Ewan Cowley (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bouzouki); Gerald Peregrine, Martin Johnston (cello); Tommy Martin (whistle, Uilleann pipe); David Downes (whistle, grand piano, keyboards, percussion, background vocals); Anthony Byrne (bagpipe); Eoghan O'Neill (bass guitar); Ray Fean (drums, bodhran, percussion); Andy Reilly (bodhran, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Andrew Boland.
Recording information: Studio Two; Windmill Lane Studio 1.
Director: Rosemary Collier.
Photographer: Jason Fobart.
Publisher: Johnny Lappin.
Arranger: David Downes.
Believe, the sixth outing from the Celtic Woman, features 17 new tracks that dutifully blur the line between traditional and contemporary pop music. For the most part, the group, which consists of vocalists Chloë Agnew, Lisa Kelly and newcomer Lisa Lambe, violinist Máiréad Nesbitt, and a full orchestra, don't deviate too much from the Riverdance-meets-Celine Dion approach that's made them internationally lauded stars since their formation in 2004. Folk standards like "The Parting Glass," "Water Is Wide," and "Green Grow the Rushes" glisten with new age flourishes, yet retain their distinctive melodies, while grandiose takes on pop hits (Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Waters") and inspirational anthems ("You'll Never Walk Alone") throw subtlety under the bus and drive off into the sunset, resulting in another elegant and accessible set from the ladies that's sure to please longtime fans, while simultaneously reinforcing their detractors' ire. ~ James Christopher Monger
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