Cailleach | Matters of Life and Death

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Matters of Life and Death

by Cailleach

With traditional harp, drum, guitar and voice, the women of Cailleach bring into the present day the art of the ancient Celtic bards and the the beauty and depth of Celtic crone-wisdom.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Invocation to Ireland
0:44 album only
2. Ailliliu na Gamhna
2:20 album only
3. Robh Thu 'Sa Bheinn
2:11 album only
4. Woman of Three Cows
2:02 album only
5. Fanny Power
2:35 album only
6. Summer is Come/Samhradh, Samhradh
3:55 album only
7. Brown Penny/Sally Gardens
2:53 album only
8. Griogal Chroidhe
3:19 album only
9. Lament for the Children of Pontglas School/Bells of Rhymney
3:42 album only
10. Mac Crimmon's Lament
4:10 album only
11. October Winds/Stolen Child
4:32 album only
12. Twa Corbies
2:01 album only
13. Kincora
4:57 album only
14. Wexford Mummers' Carol
3:03 album only


Album Notes
Who are the women of Cailleach?

Ann Finnin
(vocals, harp, keyboard)
Classically trained in Renaissance and Baroque music, Ann has long been a student of Celtic spiritual and musical lore. Active in several historical associations, she also teaches courses in Celtic history and spirituality.

Leslie Snow
(vocals, harp, percussion, guitar)
A published author of Celtic-themed short stories and poems, Leslie has been deeply involved with Celtic music and history for many years. She has advised and performed at numerous fairs, festivals and events.

Janet Cornwell
(vocals, guitar)
Janet combines a clear, bright singing voice with strong senses of humor and history. A longtime performer in both English and Gaelic, she also gives workshops and seminars in Irish and Scottish songs and cultural history.



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Mellow, with good arrangements. Enjoy the songs/poetry combination.
Quite a variety of moods here -- and yes, the material is about both life and death. No two arrangements are alike; traditional wire-strung harp is used nicely here. This is not the Clancy Brothers (thank heavens!), but will please medievalists no end. Some of the harmonies are eerie in their beauty; it's also nice to hear a little Gaelic sung, too (tho with an American accent.....!). Cailleach manages some cool a capella sounds, which not everyone can bring off. I enjoy this CD.