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Storm Watch

by Skye

New and traditional celtic songs and instrumental tunes. Closely entwined female vocal harmonies blend with pipes, fiddles, whistles, recorder, and guitar to create a rich and imaginative sonic tapestry.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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1. Calling On Song/Horse Thief Jig
3:14 album only
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2. Gloomy Winter is Now Awa\'
5:28 album only
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3. Company of Crows/Drummer Girl/JJs Jump
4:21 album only
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4. He Moved Through the Fair
5:54 album only
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5. Clara Anne
4:43 album only
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6. Don\'t Come Again/Cupid\'s Revenge
4:35 album only
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7. Letty\'s Waltz
3:47 album only
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8. An Paistin Fionn
5:07 album only
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9. Little Ones/Storm Watch
5:07 album only
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10. Grey Funnel Line
5:58 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
SKYE, “Storm Watch”: New and Traditional Acoustic Celtic Music

Skye’s long-awaited second CD, “Storm Watch” (2009), is finally here! It’s been ten years now since this somewhat elusive Celtic band based in Eugene, Oregon, released a new album. Some of the band’s more devoted and outspoken fans have opined (with a certain weariness in their voices) that the title of the group’s previous CD, “It’s About Time” (1999) would have been equally suitable — or even more so — for the band’s latest release. Be that as it may. We hope our fans will agree after hearing “Storm Watch” that the album was worth waiting for!

In “Storm Watch” listeners will discover more of what they have come to expect from Skye — beautiful melodies and closely-knit female vocal harmonies, together with complex and imaginative instrumental arrangements. Like “It’s About Time,” this new album offers both newly composed tunes and fresh arrangements of traditional songs. With the addition of Glen Waddell to the band in 2006 (replacing former guitarist and vocalist Michael Kevin Daly), Skye expanded its palette of sounds to include baritone voice, the wistful and reedy Scottish small pipes, penny whistle, and the dusky, evocative low whistle, in addition to the fiddles, guitar, octave mandolin, recorder, and bodhran heard on the group’s earlier recordings.

Praised for its polished and sophisticated musical approach, Skye has over the past twenty years created a sound that is uniquely its own — a sound that appeals to people of nearly all ages, ranging from die-hard celtic music fans to classical music lovers. Skye fans are an amazingly loyal bunch. What is it about our music that people love so much? What has compelled our small but devoted group of fans to so doggedly stick with a band that releases albums only every eight or nine years on average, and performs only slightly more often than that? I guess you would have to ask them — or better yet, buy the CD and decide for yourself!

Skye extends heartfelt thanks to all of our listeners, old and new, for their support of our music over the years. We hope you enjoy our latest offering!


A few words from some of our fans:

"The return of Skye is the best news I've heard about Eugene music in quite a while." ~ Brett Campbell, Eugene Weekly

"No other Celtic band sounds quite like Skye -- their original music is unique and their versions of traditional
songs have an authenticity that most other performers can't match. Each member of the band has an astonishing range of skills. Skye's music is often remarkably complex and nuanced -- in a word, it is *memorable.* Simply put, Skye is a joy to listen to." --M.Stamm, Eugene, OR

"I love the sound of your group. I don't really know anything about Celtic music per se, and I'm not a musician myself, but getting to know Skye's music had something in common for me with my introduction to early music. It's not only the sound, but the intimacy of the performance that is so bewitching." --J.O., Eugene, OR


See www.skyecelticmusic.com for more information. You can also reach us by phone at (541) 343-7164, or by email at jheydon.uoregon.edu. Or, if you prefer, you can write to us the old-fashioned way at: Skye, P.O. Box 3995, Eugene, Oregon 97403.

The musicians on Storm Watch:

Michael Bardossi
(fiddle)

Raised in the wilds of East coast suburbia, Michael Bardossi immigrated to Oregon where he married Julia in 1989 and met Lexy shortly thereafter. Skye grew out of a shared love of folk idioms and Michael’s life-long ramble through the halls of classical, jazz, old-time, and Celtic. He and Glen share a mischievous impulse, nicely balanced by the ladies. Michael composes much of the new music performed by the band.

Julia Heydon
(voice, guitar, fiddle, recorder)

Julia Heydon’s early years were filled with the music of Bach, Beethoven, and the Byrds. In college she discovered a passion for Renaissance polyphony, which eventually led to a doctorate in music history. A chance encounter with Irish traditional music while performing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the 1980s led to the pursuit of Irish fiddle and Celtic folk songs. These influences converge to help give Skye’s complex arrangements a sophistication which speaks to a wide range of listeners.

Glen Waddell
(voice, guitar, octave mandolin, whistle, low whistle, Scottish small pipes, bass, keyboards)

Glen Waddell grew up with music in the church and at home, learning the culture of traditional music from his parents who immigrated to Canada from Scotland. As a multi-instrumentalist with eclectic tastes and wide-ranging interests, his influences are many and varied. He can often be found playing in churches on Sundays and in pubs during the week.

Lexy Wellman
(voice, bodhran, djembe, shakers)

Lexy Wellman’s life-long love of communication through song began with the gift of a guitar from her parents on her 16th birthday. A trip to Limerick with a concert choir in 1971 marked the beginning of her infatuation with the Emerald Isle. On one of her three subsequent trips to the southwest of Ireland she encountered the bodhran you hear on this album. Lexy has been performing since the late 1970s as a soloist and in collaboration with others. In 1990 she joined Skye, and found a camaraderie and level of musicianship that she hopes will continue to provide inspiration for many years to come.

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