Darren Raleigh | Silverwheel

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by Darren Raleigh

One man – one Celtic harp. On his first CD Darren sings romantic, sentimental Celtic ballads of love, hope and loss, and releases the passion of the Celtic harp in traditional solos that range from intimate to fiery.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Cavan Girl
4:34 album only
2. Carolan's Quarrel with the Landlady
2:32 album only
3. When My False Love was True
3:19 album only
4. Hiring Fair
5:06 album only
5. The Song of the Water Kelpie
3:37 album only
6. The Rare Oul' Times
5:07 album only
7. Planxty Irwin
2:08 album only
8. The Summer Before the War
4:43 album only
9. Carolan's Receipt for Drinking
1:59 album only
10. Carolan's Farewell to Music
3:48 album only


Album Notes
Silverwheel is the long awaited first offering that answers the question, “You got a CD?”

It is Darren’s interpretation of the work of the ancient Celtic bard: one man and one harp only. In ancient Celtic thought the Silverwheel was a metaphor for the place where the soul rests between lives.

In Silverwheel Darren sings selections from the emotional range of a human lifetime: an innocent youth hopes to win the love of his “Cavan Girl,” and an old man recalls his lost home in “The Rare Oul’ Times.” A poor farm labourer recalls how his life changed at the “Hiring Fair,” and a man recalls the simple joy that was “The Summer Before the War.”

His Celtic harp solos range from the simple lightness of “Carolan’s Quarrel with the Landlady,” to the sentimentality of “When My False Love Was True,” and from the spooky “Song of the Water Kelpie" to the wrenching “Carolan’s Farewell to Music.”

Adding his theatre training to his harp experience, he is a professional storyteller also, and has an extensive resume of harping/storytelling performances.



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