Luke Daniels | Lost Music Of The Gaels

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Lost Music Of The Gaels

by Luke Daniels

A string quintet playing classical and traditional Irish music
Genre: Classical: Traditional
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Tunes For Grace
5:11 $0.99
2. The Swallow's Tail
4:36 $0.99
3. Si Bheag Agus Si Mhor
9:00 $0.99
4. Suantra Music of Sleep and Dreams
6:09 $0.99
5. Carolan's Concerto
4:19 $0.99
6. Reel Beatrice & Reel of Fortune
5:30 $0.99
7. The Last Rose of Summer
6:42 $0.99
8. Eire
8:32 $0.99
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Album Notes
Turlough Carolan kicked open the door and let the light come blazing in. Perhaps that is as it should be. It is the way of creative people who are tuned to things outside our understanding to show us the way. Carolan unfettered traditional music from the confines of the tradition and set it free from the Pharisees and purists to become its own creature; to embrace and make a marriage with whatever was worthy, inspiring, and elevated man and music to be once more with the gods!

I like to think that if Carolan himself were sitting listening to these new works and challenging arrangements of his own melodies, he would raise a glass in fond appreciation.

Luke Daniels has chosen in this recording to explore musical bridges in and around one of the greatest sonic bridge builders in Irish music history – the 17th and 18th century harper Carolan. In so doing he has taken turnings off the main roads of the tradition down forgotten paths, and presents these for us through a fertile musical imagination. A voice is being worked out and worked through in this recording. Who knows what seeds will be borne on the wind of his creativity.

Michael O'Suillebhain



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Tamara Turner, CD Baby

As Michael O'Suillebhain stated in his review of the CD, Lost Music Of The Gaels, one can imagine the legend and godfather of the harp, Turlough O’Carolan, raising a glass to these contemporary and visionary arrangements of his music. It certainly took a man of great musical vision to originally dream up and compose works like these, as O’Carolan did in the 17th and 18th centuries, but one could venture to say that it takes an equal visionary to listen deeply enough and hear the whispers between the notes of true inspiration in order to breathe new life into the music and transform it into modern incarnations for the diverse times in which we live. He has not only taken the music down new emotional paths but he has allowed it to encompass more musical worlds than a strictly traditional folk one, without losing its spirit. Luke Daniels, musician and arranger, has done this with his broad and charming adaptations of these pieces featuring string quartet, piano and, of course, uilleann pipes. It’s always a delight to hear an artist reach down into the heart of his heart, the music of his marrow and from there, cultivate a musical conviction that pushes the boundaries of traditions, all the while doing it for the sake of the music, never solely for the sake of being unique. Lost Music Of The Gaels exudes a real connection to hundreds of years of traditional Irish music while bravely and beautifully reaching out with remarkable imagination.

Thomas Smith

Great Disk!
My wife and I love how fluidly the group moves from more personalized explorations to pure traditional bliss.