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Marita Brake | The Celtic Rose

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The Celtic Rose

by Marita Brake

A panoramic, haunting meander through all things Celtic, the CD is enough to make you change your ancestory (if you're not Irish), Brake's stunning vocals are nothing short of genius.
Genre: New Age: Celtic New Age
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Celtic Spirit
Kent Thompson
2:39 $0.99
2. Roserain Red and Violet Blue
Marita Brake
3:05 $0.99
3. Heart In Hand
Marita Brake
2:07 $0.99
4. The Paisley Shawl
Marita Brake
2:33 $0.99
5. Standing Stones
Marita Brake
3:28 $0.99
6. The Bonnie Prince of Why
Marita Brake
2:09 $0.99
7. Innisfree
Kent Thompson
3:11 $0.99
8. The Celtic Rose
Marita Brake
4:18 $0.99
9. Bonnie and Her Bold Companion
Marita Brake
2:05 $0.99
10. Maiden In The Meadow Mist
Marita Brake
1:32 $0.99
11. By The River
Marita Brake
2:19 $0.99
12. On Me Mother's Grave
Marita Brake
3:53 $0.99
13. The Rowan Wood
Marita Brake
2:59 $0.99
14. The Celtic Spirit (reprise)
Kent Thompson
1:15 $0.99
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Album Notes
Look Out Thistle and Shamrock! (Review)

I've long been a fan of Celtic music and I suspect I am not alone in this due to the ever flowering genre that has given us Riverdance, the likes of Enya and Public Radio's ever poplular program, The Thistle and Shamrock hosted by Fiona Ritchie.
So it should come as no small surprise that this new release on BodyPlanet Records has given us a bright new shining star that would even send chills down the spine
of Ms. Ritchie.
Marita Brake's, The Celtic Rose, is a haunting, mystical meander through all things Emerald Green. What is interesting about this is that all the tracks on this CD are original, penned by Brake and her prodigious collaborator/producer, Kent Thompson. Brake's lyrics hark back to Yeats' wistful longing, pair that with Thompson's ethereal arrangements and you have a match made in heaven!
From Thompson's, The Celtic Spirit, a panoramic anthem that will make you want to change your ancestry, if you're not Irish, to Brake's stunning Arthurian vocals (think Loreena McKennitt) this CD is nothing short of genius. I predict
a few film scores in their future.
Since the Celts proliferated in such far climes as India, Africa and Spain, this album reflects that mix of world music, with skillful percusion, vocalizing, sampling and subject matter. Here is a mix of ballads, cinematic nuances and rousing rhythms. Specifically, the title track, The Celtic Rose,a mythical tale about Joseph of Arimathea fleeing the Holy Land with a piece of the cross, planting it outside Glastonbury Chapel in England, where it blooms into a sweet, smelling blood red, rose.
Equally enchanting is By The River, which Brake claims to have written about her "meanders along the Mackinaw River"
which flows through her native Midwest. Saying, in the liner notes, that she has "never set foot on the isle of emerald green" which is something hard to believe, in that these offerings could well pass for the real thing, including several visits from ghostly specters and the traditional tainted love. So many people meet their maker in strange ways that I lost count of the dead.
Brake is no newcomer to the world of music, having realeased
a previous CD, Gypsymoon, performed at Carnegie Hall, Presidential Inaugurals and the like, but this is her first time to grace this genre.
A worthy polemic from a more than worthy artist.

__Laurel Harrison



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Rosemarie Ashley

A Dance of Musical Perfection
The Celtic Rose is a unique, original and artistically courageous album. Marita Brake is a talented singer, her tender but strong tone is soothing to the soul, with mystical appeal.This album is filled with seamless, emotion packed delivery of technically advanced vocal maneuvers.

Taxi A & R

Beguiling! Celtic with a mystical bent.
Beautiful songs with a rich, warm and beguiling vocals. The viola and harp add lovely, soulful touches. An almost Slavic melody line richly contrasts the more obvious Celtic elements. I especially enjoyed, "By The River" and felt it was an excellent piece of work, musically, atmospherically and emotionally.

Petr Shvets

What a beautiful flower!
Marita has a beautiful voice and performs the songs with grace and passion. The enchanting lyrics and wonderful arrangements of this CD create an ancient and mystical atmosphere. It is one of the best Celtic CDs I have ever heard!

R. J. Lannan

Couleur de Rose
Marita Brake is an outstanding raconteur whose easy on the ears music makes stories come to life. Her idealistic tales are refreshing in a world of daily bad news.
The Celtic Rose is a comely distraction for the romantic in you!
Couleur de Rose is an old French term that means hopeful or promising and that is just what The Celtic Rose is.

Robert Haight

The Celtic Rose
Played On Me Mother's Grave for a friend of mine who lost her mom last year... She had tears streaming down her face ..wonderful songs, wonderful voice.

John Dunphy

In a Run for a Grammy!
Brake's latest masterpiece was prenominated for a Grammy!
The Celtic Rose, all of whose songs were written by Brake, is a mystical, otherworldly work that captures the enchantment of old Ireland and Scotland.
In the liner notes for the CD, Brake observes that,"these universal tales of lost love, haunting images and ghostly knights practically wrote themselves." Authors and musicians will understand this, since we know that the best work always seems to write itself, flowing from a wellspring deep within us. Brake concludes by noting that the songs of The Celtic Rose,"were written with all the tenderness, romance and creative energy that I hold within and now bequeath to you."
Thank you for these gifts, Marita. We will treasure them forever.

Rib Magazine

Drink it down with a pint of ale!
With a stellar musical resume and an eye for the movie soundtrack industry, Brake doesn't hold back her affinity for all things Irish......Brake's voice is another wordless wonder. A concept album if ever there was one!!!!

The Hub Weekly

How a Celtic Rose Blooms!
Pre-nominated for a Grammy! This is a stirring mix of anthemic instrumentation and old world folk exposing an artist brave enough to express the mythic tales that dwell unknowingly within her soul!

Matt Contarino

Always Satified with Marita Brake's Music!
This is another fine working of Marita Brake giving yet another genre of style and precision only heard in her music. I recommend it highly to anyone looking for something different, not just your common boring music!

Dinah Faber

Celtic Rose--eerie, uncanny, haunting, ancient, timeless.
Marita Brake's Celtic Rose is firmly rooted in the ancient and timeless ballad tradition that traveled to America with the Scots and the Irish. While Brake's haunting melodies and evocative lyrics conjure up eerie phantoms reminiscent of "La Belle Dame sans Merci" (John Keats) and "The Highwayman" (Alfred Noyes), her vocals tempt comparisons with Loreena McKennitt. However, there are tonal qualities and nuances that make Brake's voice personal and unique. The poignant and powerful lament "On Me Mother's Grave," for example, beautifully showcases the range and quality of Brake's one-of-a-kind voice. Celtic Rose blooms with this and many other strange and uncanny blossoms that will hold anyone who loves Celtic music spellbound!
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