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After the Fall

by Moira Nelson

A unique fusion of original, traditional, Celtic and classical styles featuring harp, voice, cello, flute, guitar, keyboards and percussion. Imaginative, evocative, unforgettable.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Smiles of Summer Love
3:54 $0.99
2. Moonfyre
5:25 $0.99
3. Cherry Tree Carol
2:37 $0.99
4. The Enchantress of the Wood
5:22 $0.99
5. AutumnSong
4:17 $0.99
6. Dream
3:31 $0.99
7. Child of Somewhere Else
4:14 $0.99
8. La Ultima Tarde
3:06 $0.99
9. Almost Time to Go
3:16 $0.99
10. Harder Than Dying
4:17 $0.99
11. After the Fall
4:45 $0.99
12. My Johnny Was a Shoemaker
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Album Notes
Moira Nelson
Harp, Voice, Piano, Classical Guitar, Composition

“I began my musical career at four by giving an impromptu vocal recital during a visit to the library with my grandfather. He was not amused but my future was decided. Piano lessons followed and at my first recital I was so keen to share my newfound skills that I ran for the piano and fell flat on my face. To everyone’s surprise I jumped up and played perfectly - after all the show must go on. My show now includes harp, piano, guitar and vocal performances as well as composing, arranging and recording and recently I was actually invited to sing in a library!”

Moira began her musical education as a child with piano lessons at the Royal Conservatory of Music. By the age of twelve she had passed her Grade 10 piano examination and was performing her own compositions at concerts and recitals. Still in high school, Moira made her professional debut as a pianist with a jazz quartet and her studies broadened to include harmony, composition, voice, guitar and improvisation.

More recently, Moira began playing the harp, an instrument she had always dreamed of mastering. She is past president of the Toronto Chapter of the ISFHC (International Society of Folk Harpers and Craftsmen) and plays a 36-string “Enchantress” harp, which was custom designed and built for her in carbon/wood composite, by Roger Jubinville of “Tanelorn Design”. An unusually versatile artist, Moira performs regularly as a soloist and with her duo, trio and a cappella quartet. Classical training, a flair for composition and arrangement and an affection for many diverse musical genres have led to the development of her unique and elegant style.

“My first album, ‘Time Calls My Name’, was released in 1995 – before I started to play the harp. I wrote all but two of the pieces and I perform all of the instrumentals and vocals. This includes lead and back-up vocals, piano, classical guitar, keyboards and percussion. The style jumps around quite a bit – from an a cappella English traditional ballad in 3 part harmony featuring me, myself and I, to a jazz blues with me on piano, guitar, keyboard bass and drums. There are a couple of songs with a Celtic feel, a couple of blues numbers and, just for good measure, a flamenco guitar duet a la The Gipsy Kings. It’s rather like a musical smorgasbord! ‘After the Fall’, my second CD, was designed around a particular mood. The four instrumentals all feature the harp, which is also prominent in four of the eight songs. This time around, I decided that I wanted to add to the depth of my music by working with other musicians.
How can I beat the sounds of a “real” cello, a “real” flute, “real” percussion and “real” vocal harmonies all performed by “real” talented people – Elena Jubinville (cello and voice), Kathryn Moses (flute) and Rick Lazar (percussion). One of the few things the albums have in common is that each contains twelve pieces, ten of which are my own compositions.”

Moira's music is gaining international recognition and "Moonfyre", one of her original harp solos, was selected to appear on a compilation released in Italy. Both of her CD's have received worldwide sales and airplay.

“After releasing two albums of mainly original material, I began to realize just how strongly I have been influenced by my family roots in the British Isles. I’m thrilled to announce the arrival of my new CD, ‘Echoes of Another Time’ which includes some of my most requested Celtic and Traditional favourites and also introduces my latest original harp solo, ‘Through the Looking Glass’. I’m joined by Elena Jubinville (cello, voice, winds, guitar) who not only contributed her lovely music but also shared in the production and snapped the cover shot! We invite you to close your eyes, listen and journey to wherever the Echoes may lead.”

Check out my web site at for "Echoes" information!

After the Fall, By Moira Nelson

"As the first measures played, I became immersed in the skillful and articulate melding of sounds and textures in Moira Nelson's new CD "After the Fall." This recording features mostly Moira's original works, with vocals accompanied by harp, guitar, cello, flutes and a little percussion. There are two traditional English pieces as well.

The more I listened, the more I was drawn into how well wrought the instrumentals unfolded. These musicians truly know how to craft a cohesive song. Moira's skills are equally poignant in her lyrics. Nelson's vocals were expressive and mutable, very well matched with melodic journeys throughout her pieces.

Moira's collection of tunes can't be categorized into a particular style or genre. She demonstrates her prowess and depth as both musician (on harp and guitar) and poet. She and her fellow musicians, Elena Jubinville on cello, Kathryn Moses on flutes, and Rick Shadrach Lazar on percussion, spin their craft seamlessly and with sensitivity. I look forward to Moira's future works."

~Jennifer Pratt-Walter, "Folk Harp Journal"

"With titles like "Dream", "The Enchantress of the Wood" and "Moonfyre" (played on an Enchantress harp, no less), one definitely gets a sense of some mystical faery glen in an enchanted wood. The arranging for both instruments and voices is creative and multi-layered."

~Tanah Haney, "The Celtic Harp Page Reviews"


"That's absolutely lovely."
Rick Fielding, host of CIUT's Acoustic Workshop.

"Very beautiful."
~Ann Rohmer, CITY-TV

"Just lovely. You have such a sweet voice."
~Bob McAdorey, Global Television

"An experience they (the audience) will not soon forget."
~Vince Versace, Etobicoke Life

"Fine work."
~Steve Pecar, The Mississauga News

"Enchanting musical stylings."
~Mary Lyle, Etobicoke Life

"An awesome talent on harp, voice and classical guitar."
~Boyd F. Williams, Black Noise Studio

"This was a most impressive concert with many beautiful original compositions and great performances from all those involved. Once again I felt drawn by the music into another time and place."
~Lisa Giordano from a review of Moira Nelson in concert published in "Harp Notes Ontario"



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After The Fall (2001)
This was my first introduction to Moira Nelson. I purchased this CD, at the time it first came out, attracted to mystical song titles. I loved it then and still treasure this CD in my collection. This is Moira’s second release and once again unveils a collection of mostly original songs and Traditional English pieces. This time out we find her treating us to her harp playing, which is featured throughout, and collaborating with other musicians, contributing cello, flute and percussion. Empowered by the enchantment of her vocal expression and poetical lyrics, Moira has an amazing talent for evoking our own innermost yearnings.

Evan McKenzie

beautiful music!
She has a wonderful voice, and the songs and arrangements are outstanding. This is a great pleasure to listen to.

Elyzabeth Jor

Exquisite Singer/Songwriter
Moira Nelson is a great singer and musician with talents to spare. Her music transports me to another plane of being.

Linda Fletcher

Most beautiful music I have ever heard in my lifetime
I am a personal friend of Moira Nelson, and I believe that she did a great job with this compact disc.

All the other musicians including Elena Jubinville are accomplished performers.