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Nature's Bride

by Pamela Wyn Shannon

Mesmerizing, inventive, celtic-acoustic-guitar-driven songs spirited with lilting vocals, unfettered nature poetry and urgent callings.
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1. World in My Arms
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2. Song of Slow Emerging
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3. Tree Song
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4. Orlando (as a Young Woman)
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5. Just Shy of Rising Tide (intro)
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6. Just Shy of Rising Tide (song)
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7. Child's Eyes
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8. Once Again Too Soon
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9. New Language
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10. Twig
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11. As I Roved Out
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12. I Was Made to Love Magic
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Album Notes
RARE CD.
ONLY 12 COPIES LEFT - NO PLAN TO PRINT MORE IN THE NEAR FUTURE.
Pamela Wyn Shannon's guitar playing has been described as "a tiny chamber orchestra working in unison at the end of her hands."

"Nature's Bride" features Pamela on guitar, vocals, and bouzouki.

She is backed by the charismatic drummer and percussionist, Andy Demos (formerly of the Hoboken band, Tiny Lights) and the seasoned and soulful double bassist, Dave Richards.

Other musicians include a slew of violinists: Gerry O'Hare, Carol Sharar, Liz Knowles, Todd Reynolds, and Lisa Gutkin; cellists: Jane Scarpantoni and Michelle Kinney; flutists Matt Darriau and Christopher Layer; percussionist Glen Fitten, special guest singer, Sanghamitra Chatterjee and many more.

Amazon.com's editorial reviews says:
"Every so often an album comes along that immediately transports the listener into another reality. Such is the case with Pamela Wyn Shannon's debut, wherein the reality consists of boundless wonder; inspirations drawn from senses that encompass both the expanse of nature and it's immediate surrounding earthiness.... the songs are clothed in a dizzying array of inventive instrumentation...Sonically, this album is stunning in it's charms- one is left breathless...Love songs such as "Twig" and "Tree Song" contain the chill up the spine essence that lay behind the finest Celtic songsmiths..." - Andy Waltzer


CDNow review by Adam McGovern, Contributing Writer
On Pamela Wyn Shannon's landmark debut disk the sinuousness of Middle Eastern music, the urgency and intricacy of Spanish guitar, the drama of South Asian song, the syncopation of soul and the energy of rock are channeled into a wellspring of Celtic culture for an entirely fresh stream of musical possibilities.
Shannon's imaginative musicianship is full of tricky spiraling guitar figures and a rich spectrum of tonal nuance invisible to the naked ear of many singer-songwriters. Her voice is an instrument of angelic range shaded with the scope of earthly joy and yearning.
Shannon and her virtuosic band are astute in all the worlds they craft for these songs to inhabit. "Just Shy of Rising Tide" is set into oceanic passages of Irish flute and fiddle which swell and recede to leave Shannon's solitary guitar and melancholy tale, alone but unconsumed. "New Language", a moving duet with otherworldly Bengali vocalist Sanghamitra Chatterjee about the unconquerable feminine spirit, adapts abbreviated Indian classical structure to Shannon's own troubadour traditions with remarkable fidelity, for an impressive achievement of grandeur without bombast.
That balance is echoed in Shannon's penchant for nature imagery, which is expressed without facile sentiment or shamanic pretensions but a quiet, infectious wonder. And this humble profundity well serves ballads of rebirth such as "World in My Arms" and "Song of Slow Emerging", which don't glaze over the trauma of recent events but push up through them indomitably. This important artists first statement counts among the most blessed of new beginnings.


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Jon Airdrie

Magical songs from outstanding talent
An album which both lyrically and musically exudes an unaffected optimism; it is characterised by a lightness of touch, despite complex and cleverly written arrangements. The musicianship is top draw – Pamela’s guitar playing, especially, is immense.

World in my Arms
The first track – with its brightness and hopefulness, is emblematic of the album as a whole. An endearing tune and with a portentous last verse:
“Damn to the song born out of plight
Much more satisfying is
One born out of delight!
Damn to the hollow chamber where
I lingered lonely in the nigh
And the pages of sad poetry
That only the sad can write”

The songs on the album suggest that the chamber has been left far behind!

Song of Slow Emerging
A skilfully played guitar dominates this track, together with a beautiful traditional arrangement of flute and violin

Tree Song
The strong attachment to – and setting of the self in – the natural world is celebrated here. One wonders if the lyrics owe anything to the more enigmatic work of Robert Graves.

Orlando
These lyrics have an an acknowledged source – partly inspired by Virginia Woolf’s ‘Orlando’ – and speak of renouncing worldly love in favour of the sensuality provided by nature (The album’s title is taken form the song lyric). Another tremendous string arrangement.

Just Shy of Rising
For me, the song of the album: magically mysterious – lyrical allusions to ‘the fire eater’, ‘the gypsy’ and ‘the dare-devil’ and hosting a variety of musical forms and textures, amalgamating Celtic, progressive rock, together with hints of Nick Drake and early Van Morrison. The lyrical phrasing is quite brilliant and creates and diffuses tensions almost from line to line. A superb track.


Child’s Eyes
Hints of bluegrass here. Light and hypnotic (great drumming by Andy Demos), with numerous sections – each appropriately and sympathetically arranged – holding together well. Lyrically (dedicated to a specific group of school children) a reminder that the child’s enjoyment of the earth’s future is contingent upon our stewardship of the earth in the present.

Once Again Too Soon
Again, outstanding guitar virtuosity on this track – a beautiful waltz – lingering on the (tendency) to perhaps prematurely give of oneself to another.

New Language
The performance reminded me of Buffy Saint-Marie, due maybe to the use of so-called ‘ethnic’ instrumentation and the evocative backing vocals of Sanghamitra Chatterjee. A song that broadcasts the re-emergence of an ancient tongue.

Twig
This has the feel of a traditional English song. Once more, the lyrics rest on the placement of the human in a natural setting, but also allay human sensuality with that emerging from wider nature itself.

As I Roved Out
As the title suggests, the song (although an original) leans towards the folk-rock arrangements of traditional material, particularly from bands in the 1970s. There is a near- psychedelic twist here, however, supplied mainly by some inspired frenzied violin playing, while the vocal has a blues-soul element to it.

I Was Made to Love Magic
A cover of the Nick Drake song. The prominent brass arrangement is highly minimalistic, helping to bring forth the song’s beauty.



All in all, an album that greatly pleases the ears and can bear multiple listens. Incidentally, it is also thoughtfully and creatively packaged with ample information on the musicians playing on each track and full lyric listings. Buy it!!!
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Andy Waltzer

Sonically, this album is stunning in its charms..
Every so often an album comes along that immediately transports the listener into another reality. Such is the case with Pamela Wyn Shannon's debut, wherein the reality consists of boundless wonder; inspirations drawn from senses that encompass both the expanse of nature and it's immediate surrounding earthiness. The music certainly reflects these qualities; while the songs are clothed in a dizzying array of inventive instrumentation, the tunes and lyrics find immediate homes in the listener's heart. Sonically, this album is stunning in its charms- one is left breathless at the percussive pulses offered by Andy Demos (ex of prog psych-pop gems Tiny Lights) as everything from twigs to gongs are utilized. Alongside the fiddles, cellos, horns, flutes, Indian vocal stylings (courtesy of Sanghamitra Chatterjee; and Pamela's flawless acoustic guitar playing, lay a set of songs drunk with boundless inspiration. Love songs such as "Twig" and "Tree Song" contain the chill up the spine essence that lay behind the finest Celtic songsmiths, while the epic "New Language" contains a fearless, experimental vibe reminiscent of prime Incredible String Band. Closing the album is "I Was Made To Love Magic", a Nick Drake cover with Shannon's fluid vocals wrapped in a jazz folky brass band arrangement. One would imagine Drake to feel honored."
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Review by Mark Coyle of The Unbrokencircle

Each song has been carefully crafted and arranged and the album was quite clearl
This album was kindly provided directly by the artist and arrived in the most beautiful presentation of an album I have ever seen. In a small box with dried leaves, ribbons and the CD in the middle. The album cover weaves forest based imagery with pictures of the artist and provides an evocative context for the music. Musically the album sits between folk and Celtic genres and uses popular music dynamics with the most personal and imploring lyrics. The playing is quite wonderful with very Celtic sounding flute, pipes, bodhran and fiddle complementing the delicate guitar work of the artist. Thematically the lyrics consider nature, innocence, sustainability and the challenge of a changing society. Each song has been carefully crafted and arranged and the album was quite clearly a labour of love. Rhythmically the album is subtle using hand percussion rather than a drum kit. This lets the music shine out giving a gentle emphasis. The album ends with a version of Nick Drake's 'I Was Made To Love Magic'.
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Gerald Wae, DJ - Psyche Van Het Folk, Antwerp, Belgium

There is a reminiscence of the magic found in UK artefacts and acid folk music.
A musician with clear interest for magical faeric worlds, Pamela Wyn Shannon seems to forge her music and artistic sensibilities through her connection with Nature. Without seeing a direct link to pagan symbolism, this connection seems the strongest with trees, for the tree as a symbol is to be found several times in the beautiful aesthetic artwork and music. The photos in the booklet, include beautiful pictures of Pamela with hat and clothes made with green moss. There is a reminiscence of the magicfound in UK artefacts and acid folk music. However, her music is in fact not so fragile or etheric. There is a spontaneous, mature happiness underneath that is being expressed which seems mainly from the territory of a female singer-songwriter while the folk elements are mainly in the accompaniment. Pamela Wyn Shannon's acoustic guitar, whenever put to the foreground sounds great, as in her guitar playing in the intro on the beautiful "Orlando", (partially based upon a Virginia Wolfe novel) or on the more melancholically romantic sounding, "Once Again Too Soon", or on the pared down guitar/ double bass/vocal song "Twig". Shannon's voice is modern and strong yet very sensitive at the same time. The well-crafted arrangements on Nature's Bride vary from traditional Irish, modern folk, folk rock, world music and classical. Included is a nice string quartet arrangement by Lizz Knowles on "Tree Song" One of Pamela's inspirations, besides literature and nature, is Robin Williamson, (Incredible String Band) who is thanked in her liner notes. Legendary bassist, Danny Thompson would have sounded perfect here he almost succeeded in his scheduled plans to play along on this album. Another influence seems to be Sanghamitra Chatterjee, a Bengali woman called to be her guru, who sang some beautiful second vocals and translated Shannon's lullaby segment into her native tongue on "New Language". "As I Roved Out" is an up tempo song with more of a folk rock arrangement. All fantastic songs are written by Pamela Wyn Shannon herself, except for the last one, a Nick Drake song, "I Was Made To Love Magic". This song was arranged carefully by Mike Fitzgerald with a large ensemble which includes brass and woodwind instruments, piano, bass and drums. A very successful, great version! A recommended release to bring warmth, peace and understanding.
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Lawrence Woolfe, DJ Antwerp, Belgium -

Pamela Wyn Shannon's guitar playing is inventive and melodic and her singing and
"At a time when pessimism for the future is almost all persuasive along comes Pamela Wyn Shannon, an American with Irish roots, singing "I've got the world in my arms", on the opening track of her CD "Nature's Bride" If only ..? Well, the world would certainly know much more hope and optimism and a sense of harmony with nature. World in my arms opens with a fine chordal acoustic guitar rif. Rhythmically upbeat, it has an assured confident uplifting lyric and a fine musical accompaniment.
Evidence of Shannon's strong guitar work at the core of her songs is more than evident throughout the CD. "Song of Slow emerging", "Tree Song", and "Orlando" have an intense weave of guitar and violins. Shannon's voice reflects a sense of wonder and is indeed passionately intense. The Celtic folk element / roots are evident on the intro to "Just Shy of Rising Tide" but in the main such textures, incorporated into such songs musically, somehow transcends such a rigid description. There is sense of ensemble arrangements that transport the listener to another realm as on "Child's Eyes" with a weave of guitar, violins and flutes that even has a jazzy element to it. I love Shannon's vocals on this song as well as on "Once again to soon" and "New Language" where she is joined by Bengali vocalist Shanghamita Chatterjee to wonderful effect. "Twig" is a beautiful love song whilst "As I roved out" is the rockiest track on the album -excitingly energetic.
There we are, all originals that are still growing on me. Great arrangements and playing from all the musicians, and Pamela Wyn Shannon's guitar playing is inventive and melodic and her singing and songs are infused with spirit, earthiness and magic. Talking of magic.. the final song on this CD is a cover of Nick Drake's "I was made to love magic" and a fitting CD closer it is, too -a fine interpretation-. Nature's Bride is a CD that will reward repeated attentive listens, the music and excellent vibrant arrangements revealing themselves and enhancing the songs perfectly. "
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Eelco Schilder, Contributing Writer, Folkworld, Germany

Pamela doesn't focus on one trick but she has the talent to turn each song into
Pamela Wyn Shannon is a US musician with her heart for a big part in Ireland. It was there where she spend one year making, listening to and searching for music. She met Johnny Moynihan Planxty, DeDannan eo. who taught her a lot of things and helped her until she had to go back to the us. In 1993 she recorded her first EP which got good critics in several media. Now her new cd Nature's bride is a full length cd with a surprisingly strong collection of songs. All of the songs are Pamela her own work but she also sings the beautiful Nick Drake song I was made to love magic. The cd contains 12 beautiful songs in the best Celtic influenced singer-songwriter tradition. Pamela doesn't focus on one trick but she has the talent to turn each song into a beautiful piece of art. I love Orlando which has a nice classical backing while other songs are more Celtic. The earlier mentioned Nick Drake song has this jazzy touch that makes this song one of the few Drake interpretations that is acceptable. And again, now I'm listening to this cd I hear new things and I feel that the music is getting more and more under my skin.
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Adam McGovern/Yahoo! Internet Life

You'll wonder where this brilliant new artist has been all your life.
Shannon's Celtic-influenced folk displays that rare and sublime mix of virtuosity and brevity. She's seemingly capable of anything: emotive, bravura vocals without flash; acrobatic guitar without bombast; and fluent inflections of soul, rock, Arabic, and Indian themes that are never overdone. You'll wonder where this brilliant new artist has been all your life.
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Heather

magic, mystery and artistry
The songs on Nature's Bride have an air of magic and mystery in them. You can imagine Pamela Wyn Shannon wandering through a misty wood as she sings and strums her guitar. The music evokes another time, when artists were tuned in to the greater rhythms of nature- the turning of the seasons, the meaning of particular plants and animals, the cycle of birth and death. Through reflecting on the natural world, these songs gently point to universal truths and archetypal questions. Her voice has a sweet, lilting quality which creates an atmosphere of innocence, even as she ponders the depths of life and love. This album is what good songwriting is all about- sincerity, artistry and an overall feeling of magic...
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Blair

Pamela's CD is mysterious, magical and mesmerizing.
Pamela's CD is mysterious, magical and mesmerizing. The lyrics are poetic and poignant. And the musis brings you to heights of fancy and romance. The guitar riffs are haunting and echo long after the music stops. You'll LOVE the first cut. This remarkably talented singer/songwriter is destined for big venues and an adoring following. I want the next CD!!!
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KP Devlin

A journey through the dewy depths of nature, lyrically haunting and exquisite.
Listening to Pamela Wyn Shannon’s “Nature's Bride” is like taking a journey through the mystical and dewy depths of nature, supernature and parallel universes, abound with mossy twigs, playful tree sprites and the occasional troll. Some of these recesses are dark and melancholy. Such is the case with the lyrically haunting and exquisite “Orlando,” with its spidery acoustic guitar lines and stark, somber vocals. “New Language” is a cultural arabesque of sound, featuring a droning tamboura, and mystical incantations by Sanghamitra Chatterjee, revealing Shannon’s interest in Eastern music.

The bookends for this album are “World in My Arms,” and an inspiring cover of Nick Drake’s “I Was Made to Love Magic.” These tracks reveal Shannon’s fascination with the power and freedom associated with nature and the unknown. And she presents all of this to us with music that is so organic and pure in its production and spirit, that it seems this album is indeed an integral part of that nature. A particular quote from the Drake song stands out and seems almost to summarize the entire experience of “Nature’s Bride.” We all owe it to ourselves to listen to this album and “float away in a lifelong song in the mist where melody flies.”
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