John Billing | Slevenamon

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by John Billing

Plucked strings sounding like gold and silver rain on a warm Spring day; uniquely refreshing and healing!
Genre: World: World Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Tha Mi Sgith a Fairie's Love Song (Traditional Hebridean)
5:43 $0.99
2. Star of the County Down (Traditional Irish)
4:15 $0.99
3. King of the Fairies (Traditional Irish)
3:28 $0.99
4. Love Song Without Words
4:15 $0.99
5. Goddess
3:40 $0.99
6. Sliabh Na Mban Slievenamon (Mountain of the Women) {Traditional Irish}
5:07 $0.99
7. Three Asian Songs Medley: Mo Li Hua / Yurikago No Uta / Sum Jip / Ah Ki
5:16 $0.99
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Album Notes
The lyre sound is beautiful. The main instrument is Murray Wright's Teardrop Concert Lyre - the Steinway of lyres!
The strummed two-tone lyres deigned by John for social music making give a magical, light-filled watery ambience.
The original compositions are classic John Billing - Love Song was recorded in 2006 (on the album Stream) on John's first concert lyre made by Peter Biffin; the version here on Murray's lyre uses the bright high register to great effect.
Goddess is a new composition premiered on this CD.
The arrangements of traditional music are simple and effective showing off not only the beauty of the simple two-tone lyres but showcasing (albeit subtly) the gorgeous double bass lyre - also a masterwork of Murray Wright - played sensitively by John Clark of Camphill Ballytobin.
The whole album has been recorded at the unusual pitch of A=432herz as a tribute to the Japanese lyre playing community who use this pitch for tuning their lyres.



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