Sarah Dinan | From the Ashes

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From the Ashes

by Sarah Dinan

Lilting songs and haunting ballads performed by Austin Texas' Celtic tour de force, Sarah Dinan and her band. Often compared to Celtic singers, Mary Black and Sinead O'Connor.
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1. Bedlam Boys
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2. Flower of Magherally 'O
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3. May Morning Dew
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4. Newry Highwayman
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5. Black is the Colour
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6. When You and I Were True
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7. The Hero's Return
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8. An Paistin Fionn
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9. She Moved Through the Fair
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10. Flower of Magherally 'O (Radio Edit)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Sarah grew up in an environment filled with music and fell in love with singing at an early age. A woman of remarkable talent, Sarah has a natural aptitude and appreciation for folk music and sings in a variety of languages including French, Breton, and both Irish and Scots Gaelic. Her love of music and storytelling is evident in her performance and her voice has been described by both critics and audiences as 'breathtaking', 'crystal clear', 'angelic', 'beautiful' and 'enchanting'.

Sarah made her debut in Irish music in January of 2003 as the lead
vocalist for Austin "pan-Celtic" band Poor Man's Fortune and has since performed with legendary Scottish singer and songwriter, Ed Miller; vocalist and fiddle player Heather Gilmer; piper EJ Jones; guitarist and vocalist Jeff Moore; master bodhran player Mark Stone; Austin Irish singer Dory Mead; piper Richard Kean and the local Irish duo Gilmer & Moore. Sarah is currently focusing on her solo career and she and her band have rapidly become a highly respected ensemble on the Texas Celtic music scene.

"From the Ashes" is Sarah's debut album. She is accompanied by some of Texas' most accomplished Celtic musicians; Jeff Moore, Serge Laine, Merri Su Wilson, Heather Gilmer and James Hamilton. Sarah and her band are a Celtic tour de force that performs a repertoire of engaging songs and tunes from Ireland, Scotland and Brittany. "From the Ashes" features some of the the lilting songs and haunting ballads Sarah is known for delivering with aplomb. Discover what critics and audiences across America are calling 'refreshing', 'awesome' and 'majestic'!

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Catherine L. Tully, Celtic MP3s Music Magazine

Can't Wait for What's Next
There is nothing like a deep woman's voice--especially when they are singing Celtic music. Sarah Dinan's purrs through many of the selections on From the Ashes, sometimes soothing, sometimes haunting, but always beautiful.

The first track on the album, however, has Dinan singing in a chirpy, birdlike way. She can do this too, but you would never believe that she is an alto. She reveals this in the second track, which is accompanied by her band members.

Track three, May Morning Dew finds Dinan going solo, sans music, which I always love and this time is no exception. She holds her own, and held my attention as well. I relished it, not knowing that there was more of this to come.

Track four is playful, and she uses her voice almost as if it were an instrument itself. It is followed by Black is the Colour, which is a soft, dreamy tune which highlights Dinan's range and vocal skill. She shows that she can demonstrate her talent without beating you over the head with it. It whispers to you.

The next track, When You and I Were True, perks up a bit and has a nice, smooth feel to it, just as track eight, An Paistin Fionn. But the real star of the album is sandwiched in-between these two songs.

The Hero's Return (The Belfast Song) has only voice, although this time it is in harmony, and its tone is serious, not dreamy. It takes a lot to bring a tear to my eye musically, but this song did just that.

Track nine, She Moved Through the Fair was just plain fun and it was one of those tunes that you keep with you for a while. Starts out slow and builds up momentum as it goes--leaving you waiting for what is next.

The album closes with Flower of Magherally 'O (Radio Edit) which finishes things off nicely. I must say, it is a compilation of songs that is well worth a listen. If you are a fan of a strong, deep, Celtic voice, this album is for you.
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