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The Kells

by The Kells

Hardcore Irish Trad Music: "High-Energy music that flows on an etherial and cerebral plane driven by some kind of celestial energy..." John O'Regan of Irish Music Magazine 2004
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Cashmere Shawl / Come to the Dance / Eileen Curran
3:49 $0.99
2. Liverpool Hornpipe / Famous Ballymote
3:27 $0.99
3. Be Thou My Vision
3:23 $0.99
4. The Cup of Tea / The Ivy Leaf
4:35 $0.99
5. Si Beag Si Mor
4:46 $0.99
6. Dog Among the Bushes / Drawn to the Rythm / Miss Crawford
5:38 $0.99
7. Darcy Farrow
4:02 $0.99
8. Connie the Soldier / Handsome Young Maid
2:51 $0.99
9. The Minstrel Boy
4:56 $0.99
10. The Spanish Cloak / Silver Spear / Maids of Tulla
3:44 $0.99
11. The Sally Garden
6:05 $0.99
12. The Gander in the Pratie Hole
2:36 $0.99
13. Jackson's Reel
5:17 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Some events are stamped into one's consciousness to remain there forever. For me seeing The Kells play live for the first time was one such event. I watched three musicians... appear on stage and commence to play and weave their magic. Magic it certainly was - music that flowed on an ethereal and cerebral plane driven by some kind of celestial energy. It tripped the dancers feet into action, but it also went beyond and rested in some secret interior place. It was spirited music, Celtic music for mind and body and somewhere else in between. It was to quote Van Morrison 'inarticulate speech of the heart'."

- John O'Regan of Irish Music Magazine, Garryowen, Limerick, Ireland 2004

THE KELLS are Brian McCoy, Kim Rattan and Eddie Cotter

Brian McCoy
Flute, Tin Whistle, Low Whistle, Irish Bagpipes

The McCoys hail from Ballaghadereen, Co. Roscommon, home of many top musicians: Matt Molloy, Seamus Tansey, with the Killorans living just next door. Down the road a bit, Brian grew up with the legendary Irish musicians living in Chicago. He has won numerous competitions, taught and played at The Milwaukee Irish Fest, and performed at Willie Clancy Week in Clare, Ireland. Irish Radio featured McCoy live on several occasions. Irish Music Magazine featured his band, The Gabriel Hounds, as they took the USA by storm for five years.

Kim Rattan
Vocals, Guitar

Kim Rattan continues to thrill audiences with her powerfully intricate guitar work, and her world-class captivating vocals. Actually you've already heard her on many commercial radio and TV spots. Rock, Pop, Celtic, she masters it all. She has the personality and warmth of a close friend, and the power and kick of a whole band all to herself. Raised on Bluegrass, Kim hails from a long line of great musicians. Arnold Stevens is her father, who is (according to Kim) the best guitarist ever and he is of course, her hero. At the age of 74 he is still gigging at least twice a week, picking & grinning in Central Ohio. Follwing in his footsetps, Kim's acclaim is as rich as her music.

Eddie Cotter

A premier Bodhran player for over twenty years, Eddie is highly sought after for private lessons, clinics, workshops, and recording work. His playing style is solidly anchored in the traditional style by providing a "lift" to the music but also incorporates a healthy "drive" from his rock 'n roll influence and background.



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DJ Hovivian

Love, love, love this CD...true to the Irish heritage!! Would recommend to all those out who them some Irish tunes! :)

Larry A. Waimon

Excellent Selection if you love the Irish Whistle & this genre'
As I practice the Irish Whistle privately, (no group sessions as yet), it's remarkable how much more enjoyable the playing becomes when you have accompanyment; the Kells CD makes all the differance! As enjoyable, was the ordering process of having selected CD BABY with their light-hearted approach to communication! I'll be Back!

Karie Oberg

Simply lovely.
The Kells cd is simply lovely. Fantastic all around playing by Brian McCoy. I was especially impressed with his ability to make the silver Boehm style flute sounds as "authentic" as any traditional wooden Irish style flute. The guitar workings of Kim Rattan are perfect backdrop for Brian McCoy's playing. Tough enough to compliment the rapid fire tunes and yet soulful and delicate enough to back herself on songs such as "Be Thou My Vision". She did an especially nice job on the tune "Si Beag Si Mor".

There were two little spots that I feel could have been stronger on this CD: I would loved to have heard more bodhran. I have heard this group live. Eddie Cotter is a very skilled player and although the bodhran is merely a supporting actor in most movies, it is very important to the overall brilliance of this band's sound.

The other aspect which could have been stepped up... just a notch...are the vocal selections. I think Kim Rattan has an interesting voice. Her voice is weathered and sexy. All of the vocal selections on this album are quite mellow. I think her voice really shines on "Be Thou My Vision" and the tempo is very appropriate-soft as a whisper. I do think she could really "rock out" if she were so inclined to. It would have been a great asset to this album to have had at least one up tempo song.I really enjoy it when artists show off the versatility of their talents. The songs left me a bit wanting.

I look forward to any new releases they should put out in the future....hopefully there many more. KAO