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Celtic Fairy Lullaby

by 2002

Perfect for rest, relaxation and peaceful sleep. Ethereal songs from ancient lands performed on harp, flute, and piano, with subtle orchestration accompanying hauntingly beautiful lyrics in Gaelic, Welsh and English performed by Sarah Copus.
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1. Seoithín Seo Hó (Hushaby, Hush) / Gartan Mother’s Lullaby
6:27 album only
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2. Cariad
4:35 album only
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3. Bí Thusa ‘mo Shúile (Be Thou My Vision)
4:02 album only
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4. Away From The Roll Of The Sea
3:27 album only
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5. Éamonn An Chnoic (Ned Of The Hills)
3:52 album only
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6. Hó Bha In (Sleep My Child)
4:34 album only
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7. Bánchnoic Éireann Ó (The Fair Hills Of Ireland)
6:33 album only
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8. Ar Hyd Y Nos (All Through The Night)
3:55 album only
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9. Mo Ghile Mear (My Gallant Darling)
4:01 album only
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10. My Singing Bird
3:08 album only
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11. Buachaill Ón Éirne (Boy From The River Erne)
5:17 album only
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12. Thugamar Féin An Samhradh Linn (We Brought The Summer With Us)
6:00 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Relaxing, soothing, nurturing music for peaceful rest and sleep. Celtic Fairy Lullaby is a collection of timeless songs from ancient lands. Harps, flutes, piano, and subtle orchestration accompany delightful lyrics in Gaelic, Welsh and English.

Track Information:

Seoithín Seo Hó (Hushaby, Hush) - Old Irish lullaby

Gartan Mother's Lullaby - An old Irish song and poem written by Herbert Hughes and Seosamh Mac Cathmhaoil, first published in Songs of Ulster in 1904. Hughes collected the traditional melody in Donegal the previous year and Campbell wrote the lyrics.

Cariad - Written by John Wake and Lorraine King, cariad is Welsh for darling and Cwtch (pronounced cooch) is Welsh for cuddle.

Bí Thusa Mo Shúile (Be Thou My Vision) - Traditional hymn from Ireland

Away From the Roll of the Sea - Words and Music by Allister MacGillivray, Cabot Trail Music (SOCAN)

Éamonn an Chnoic (Ned of the Hills) - This song is about Éamonn Ó Riain (Edmund O'Ryan -1670 - 1724), a Robin Hood type figure in Irish history.

Hó bha in (Sleep My Child) - An old Irish lullaby

Bánchnoic Éireann Ó (The Fair Hills of Ireland) - Words & Music by Donnchadh Rua MacConmara (1715-1814)

Ar Hyd y Nos (All Through the Night) - A Welsh folksong sung to a tune that was first recorded in Edward Jones Musical and Poetical Relics of the Welsh Bards (1784). The Welsh lyrics were written by John Ceiriog Hughes.

Mo Ghile Mear (My Gallant Darling) - Old Irish song written by Seán Clárach Mac Domhnaill (1691 1754)

My Singing Bird - Popularized by the McPeakes. The melody is of a Munster folk tune.

Buachaill Ón Éirne (Boy from the River Erne) - Traditional Irish air

Thugamar Féin an Samhradh Linn (We Brought the Summer With Us) - Traditional Irish song sung on May Day.

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Steve Sheppard

Review from One World Music Radio
The expansion of 2002 has been evident of the last few years and now with new lead vocalist Sarah Copus, perhaps 2002 can truthfully take the mantle of the first family of new age music.
You only have to listen to the layers of class on the opening track, Soeithin Seo Ho to see this may even be more so as this could be a whole new dynasty opening up, and Sarah’s vocals are both sensitive and clear, of course when combined with this beautiful textured back drop of dreamy music, that winning combination is perfection.
Cariad moves us into a different realm, there is a little suspense built early on here that is appealing. At this stage one can really feel that we have entered this inter dimensional doorway where anything is possible, and the explanation of the word could be classified as Sweetheart or the one you love. The flute in this piece is so delicate, but extremely beautifully played.
Bi Thusa Mo Shuile is a fine example of Sarah’s pitch perfection and reminds me of two female singers Juliana and Lucinda Drayton to achieve that kind of recognition at such a young age is quite amazing, but it’s comparable. This Gaelic song translated means Be Thou My Vision, and be ready to prepare yourself for an emotional journey through the landscape of musical bliss.
2002 have such a wonderful ability to perform and create luscious soundscapes and this Celtic journey continues with Away from the Roll of the Sea and perfectly flows with such a subtle intent into the delightfully harp driven Eamonn a Chnoic, once more we hear a track that is played with such care and beauty and the fairy like energy on this whole album can be best felt on this track, the textures here are almost gossamer.
However one of my favourite pieces from the album is Ho Bha In, the sumptuous layered keyboards and gentle crescendos almost waltz with Sarah’s incredible voice, but there is a real essence of emotion here that hugs the heart.
We now move into the second half of the album with a composition called Banchnoic Eireann O, the longest at just over six and a half minutes, this flows beautifully and has an even deeper smoothness to it, one could literally imagine walking the rolling hills of Ireland, listening to this track and creating some incredible poetry.
Ar Hyd y Nos, which I believe in English means all through the night, the balance and poise are in abundance here and one can feel through the music, that time of day perfectly, which allows us to literally drift into the open arms of the next piece Mo Ghile Mear, (My Gallant Darling) this is one clever arrangement that slightly elevates the energy of the album to an almost angelic realm, this is quite a breath-taking composition.
My Singing Bird is a composition that will glide with you over lush green hills, it will sail on high and soar with the eagle, it will transport you to a place of total calm and peace, the harp is played with such tenderness and the flute and keyboards all create something quite delightful to bathe in.
Buachaill On Eirne (Come by the Hills) is our penultimate visit to this Celtic Realm of pure peace; the guitar in this piece is a real treat and leads us gently towards he last track off the album called, Thugamar Fein an Samhradh Linn. (We brought the summer with us). This is the last offering on the album and is six minutes exactly of pure beauty; one can truly feel the complete essence of this release on this one piece.
So 2002 move into a new era for their music, one can only wonder what delights we have to look forward to next. Celtic Fairy Lullaby is multi instrumental magic, it’s a combination of love and hard work, it’s a fresh and smooth album that fans will fall in love with the moment they hear the angelic tones of Sarah Copus, joining both Randy and Pamela in an amalgamation of family and music that is both undeniable and irresistible.
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
2002 has been one of the most popular and distinctive names in New Age music for well over twenty years with their ethereal acoustic and electronic instrumentals, often enhanced with wordless vocals. Over the past several years, Pamela and Randy Copus have been adding lyrics to some of their songs and introducing their daughter, Sarah, as a new member of the group. Sarah was featured prominently on their 2014 release, "Trail of Dreams," which went on to win “Best Vocal Album” at that year’s Zone Music Reporter Awards. With their new release, "Celtic Fairy Lullaby," 11-year-old Sarah is featured on most of the twelve tracks singing in Gaelic, Welsh and English as well as playing harp and violin (not all at the same time!). Now referred to as “The First Family of New Age Music,” their sound is still very much the 2002 we have come to know and love over the years, while allowing that sound to freely evolve. Randy Copus performs on guitar, bass, piano, and keyboards while Pamela plays flute and harp.

"Celtic Fairy Lullaby" is a collection of “timeless songs from ancient lands.” All of the music has a slow, flowing tempo and a consistent mood that makes the album perfect for relaxation, sleep, and meditation. Sarah’s voice is light and angelic, and, to my ears, a bit overpowered by the backing instrumentation. I’m not even sure which of the songs are sung in English, and I keep straining to hear what she is singing even if I don’t know the languages. Letting go of that and listening to Sarah’s voice as another musical instrument, the album is beautiful and soothing from start to finish.

My favorite track on the album is the haunting “Cariad.” In places, Sarah harmonizes with her own voice and shows her remarkable range - both musically and emotionally. Pamela’s flute is especially lovely on this track. I also really like “Bi Thusa ‘Mo Shuile (Be Thou My Vision),” a new arrangement of the traditional Irish hymn that has become very popular over the past several years. “Eamonn an Chnoic” is a sweet and gentle instrumental that tells the story of a Robin Hood type of figure in Irish history. “My Singing Bird” is the other instrumental track, with harp and flute carrying the gentle melody - very sweet and refreshing!

Sarah Copus is an exceptional new talent, and it will exciting to see how she evolves as a musician. Check it out!
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
“Celtic Fairy Lullaby” is the eagerly awaited new release from the award-winning group 2002, one of the world’s premier new age music ensembles. While Randy Copus, who plays guitar, bass, piano, and keyboards, and wife Pamela Copus, who also plays harp and flute, have produced many albums as a duo, their last few releases have featured their daughter Sarah in supporting roles. Now at the age of 11, Sarah, who is truly a rising star, shines in the spotlight as the lead vocalist, as well as on harp, in this enchanting collection of soothing ancient melodies sung in Irish Gaelic, Welsh and English. As always, Randy’s studio production is superb; enhancing the lush soundscapes the group is so well known for. Fans of Enya, Loreena Mckennitt, and Clannad will find a lot to like in the magical music of “Celtic Fairy Lullaby.”

I was curious to hear what direction they would take with these traditional songs. With the first track, they definitely put their own unique spin on it with a lush orchestral arrangement, accented by harp and cymbal swells. It was quite different than the usual fiddles and pennywhistles commonly associated with Celtic music and was perfectly suited for a lullaby. And in this regard, Sarah’s lovely ethereal vocals created a warm and soothing ambiance that was indeed relaxing.

On a track called “Cariad,”, Sarah sings the lyrics in English. The song’s melody has some of the slightly bittersweet vibe often heard in Celtic music. The mellifluous air tinged with just a trace of sadness, are some of the ingredients that give Celtic music the emotional resonance it evokes in so many people. Pamela’s dreamy flute solo drifts gracefully over this heathered musical landscape. Two of the twelve songs on the album are titled in English, and the first of these is “Away from the Roll Of the Sea.” The song has a cinematic quality and I could easily see this piece in the soundtrack of an animated Disney movie.

Most of the songs are a sweet soothing blend of Sarah’s angelic vocals accompanied by rich orchestration with strings, harp, flute, and more. In the way these elements were blended, I was often reminded of a comment Sarah made in an interview about the voice becoming just another instrument rather than the focus. It is also true what she said about how singing in a foreign language takes the listener away from the literal meaning of the words and more into just the sound of her voice. I think this worked well and achieved the goal in a context of music that was made for drifting off to sleep.

I am a long-time fan of 2002 and have tremendous respect for their musical and compositional abilities, as well as for the uplifting and spiritual energy the music is imbued with. The synergy of Sarah’s budding talents with the musical maturity and artistic vision of her parents, Pamela and Randy, is as beautiful as it is inspiring. With “Celtic Fairy Lullaby,” 2002 has created yet another stunning album that explores new musical terrain and integrates ancient melodies with contemporary elements for a truly transcendent listening experience.

To read a full-length feature article on this album and others, please visit: www.MichaelDiamondMusic.com
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Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapes Radio
“Celtic Fairy Lullaby” is the follow-up to 2002’s award-winning album “Trail of Dreams”, once again showcasing the angelic voice of Sarah Copus (daughter of 2002 husband and wife team Randy and Pamela Copus). While many would easily mistake this for Enya, 2002 have their own signature sound, although similarities to the Irish singer are probably more pronounced than ever, given the Celtic bent of this album, with lyrics sung in Gaelic, Welsh and English. Pure, magnificent beauty seems to be the primary objective of 2002’s music, for every track on the album sparkles and shines. A pristine arrangement of both electronic and acoustic instruments is present here, with Randy on keyboards, piano, bass and guitar, and Pamela on flute and harp. Sarah provides both lead and back-up vocals as well as additional harp.

“Seoithín Seo Hó / Gartan Mother’s Lullaby”, an old Irish lullaby, opens the album like the soundtrack to a fairytale, with chorale washes, sweeping chimes and a cinematic quality that defines much of the music throughout. The overall sound is at once light and sweet yet richly majestic. “Cariad”, meaning “darling” in Welsh, is a beautiful ballad and perhaps my favorite song on this album. Led by gentle harp and vocals that are complimented by exquisite harmonizing, the piece conveys a hazy, mysterious quality. Two instrumental tracks are present on the album, including “Éamonn an Chnoic”, which is based on a Robin Hood type figure of Irish history, along with the tranquil and soothing “My Singing Bird”. The album perfectly closes with a traditional Irish song sung on May Day called “Thugamar Féin an Samhradh Linn”, presented in 2002’s signature style, of course.

“Celtic Fairy Lullaby” just might be 2002’s most impressive accomplishment to date. While even the most ethereal of Celtic music tends to retain a certain folksy, earthy quality, 2002 essentially stays in their airier element while lulling its listeners into a dreamlike magical world of beauty and innocence. ~Candice Michelle
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