Darcy Nair | HighStrung

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HighStrung

by Darcy Nair

Traditional and modern Celtic music featuring hammered dulcimer and vocals with fingerstyle guitar, pennywhistle, other strings, and percussion.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. The Bonnie Lass/Gravel Walk
5:17 album only
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2. HighStrung Set
3:44 album only
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3. Now I Know
4:43 album only
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4. Sandpipers/Blarney Pilgrim
3:54 album only
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5. Half Moon Bay
4:14 album only
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6. Arran Boat Song
3:43 album only
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7. Carrighdhoun
3:20 album only
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8. Jack Haggarty
3:25 album only
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9. St. Basil's Hymn/Spatter the Dew
3:13 album only
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10. Rowdy Soul
2:02 album only
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11. The Lady's Bransle/Maltese Bransle
2:32 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
First Round Nominee, 2006 Grammy Awards
"Traditional Folk" and "Production, Non-Classical"

A lively and engaging singer and multi-instrumentalist, Darcy Nair has performed professionally as a soloist and with folk music groups in the Washington, D.C. area since 1990.

Her experience ranges from traditional and modern celtic music to English sea shanties and pub songs, renaissance madrigals, bluegrass, and modern songwriting.

She performs solo and with several bands (including The Pyrates Royale -- www.cdbaby.com/cd/pyratesroyale) and has produced 8 recordings. Her eclectic music career has taken her all over the U.S., from New York City to Key West. In addition to singing lead and harmony vocals Darcy plays hammered dulcimer, Irish bouzouki, English concertina, bodhran and bones.

HighStrung is a mix of instrumental tunes such as Davey Arthur's popular Irish session tune "Tamlin Reel," and songs written "in the tradition" such as Tony Cuffe's "The Bonnie Lass." Rather than recording straight up covers, Darcy makes these pieces her own with innovative arrangements and special touches, including the fingerstyle guitar stylings of Gregory Lygon.

When she's not making music, Darcy enjoys sailing up and down the mid Atlantic coast on the tallship The Kalmar Nyckel.

What listeners are saying:

"Songs like, 'Now I Know' and 'Half Moon Bay' hold up well with the style of Nair's voice -- very introspective and even a bit dreamy at moments. Contrasting nicely are some lovely instrumental tracks, where you can just listen and enjoy the music. All in all, there is really a good combination of tracks here." -- Celtic MP3s Music Magazine

"It's beautiful, it's moving, and you'll swear Darcy is singing just for you."

"What a fantastic work of art. We really love it."

"I can't say enough how much your music lifts me up and brings peace to my world."

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Robert Lach

Lovely!!!!
This sounds sily to me, writing a review for music, but perhaps this will help in your decision making, you see, most of my music I categorize as "background"...I listen to music while I am doing other things...cleaning the house, painting, whatever. Well, having said that, HIGH STRUNG stopped me dead in my tracks, and I sat and just listened to the music, something I haven't done in a very long time. The playlist is excellent as it moves along the CD, with the melodies and the vocals seemlessly intertwined. Really, there is a reason they send this number in a "jewel case", as it is truly a rare gem of a CD. :)
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Celtic MP3s Music Magazine


Songs like, 'Now I Know' and 'Half Moon Bay' hold up well with the style of Nair's voice -- very introspective and even a bit dreamy at moments. Contrasting nicely are some lovely instrumental tracks, where you can just listen and enjoy the music. All in all, there is really a good combination of tracks here.
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