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Tears Of The Forest - Mystical Journey

by Talbert St. Claire

The Low Whistling here is quite emotional and passionate. If you have not been moved or touched by anyone lately, this will grab you.
Genre: New Age: Celtic New Age
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The May Morning Dew ( Land Of Tears )
8:34 album only
2. Sadhbh
4:07 album only
3. Meilti Cheann Dubhrann
5:36 album only
4. Moon Of Enchantment ( Hollow Hills )
6:27 album only
5. The Parting
4:02 album only
6. The Mystic Burren ( T. St. Claire )
5:55 album only
7. The Last Chance ( J. Molard )
4:08 album only
8. The Fire In The Hearth ( F. Barbour )
4:36 album only
9. Black Is The Colour ( Mystical Journey )
4:59 album only
10. Victoria's Air ( T. St. Claire )
5:12 album only
11. Tamboura ( Return Of Hollow Hills )
4:50 album only
12. The Drone ( Sadhbh reprise )
5:34 album only
13. The Hollow Ashplant ( BONUS TRACK )
10:54 album only
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Album Notes
Talbert St. Claire
Update: Sept 2018
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Tears Of The Forest
CD Reviews:

Reviewer: Michael Woodhead of Wind and Wire Fame. This on line music site is one of the most respected sites worldwide. I am honored to present you the review below.

"Without doubt, low whistles and flutes have become some of the most popular and recognized instruments in New Age music, particularly in the Celtic and World Genres. It has a distinct sound, and blends well with many other instruments.

On Tears Of The Forest, Talbert St. Claire plays Overton and Chieftain low whistles fully on a variety of pieces with a minimum of background accompaniment. As he says, "It's an album that blends together slow-airs along with the instrumentations of Eastern Indian, Native American, environmental sounds, various synthesizers, acoustic guitar and various other effects". On this album, he presents his own unique style and creativity.

You'll find that many of the tunes are slower than most low whistle pieces, usually heard on jigs and reels, because Talbert wanted to catch the emotional impact of many Celtic songs. "Many musicians tend to concentrate on the jigs and reels and avoid the slow-airs, which is the heart and soul of Irish music".

Although there are thirteen well-performed pieces presented on the album, I found that I couldn't listen to more than three or four at a time & emdash; not beacuse I don't like the music or the instrument, but because of the rather melancholic nature and sound of it. The soulful, emotional, almost sorrowful aspect of the music certainly touches the inner man.

"The May Morning Dew" is an improvisational piece based on a traditional song that Talbert plays with Dave Dvorak. I am always fascinated by improve music, the different nuances that result from such works, and this piece is a delightful rendition. It's interesting that when I heard "The Parting" - track 5, I thought that it to be a very sad-sounding song. Imagine my surprise when I read later that Talbert thought the same thing. Another rather mournful piece is "The Fire In The Hearth" (complete with a real crackling fire in the background). Here, I got the feeling that someone is sitting in front of the fire place, staring into the flames, and thinking of a lost loved one. Talbert performed "Victoria's Air". It has a very Japanese feel to it.

All in all, Tears Of The Forest is a very passionate, simple, but well-executed album".

My Favourite: "Moon Of Enchantment"

CD Length: 75 minutes



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A musical journey indeed
Tears of the Forest is definitely a very good musical experience when it comes to whistle. Every track is different but there are some that connects with others and that really made the album totally as one. Every song will truly be heartfelt, especially my favorite - "The Parting". The music is, without a doubt, one of a kind - i've never heard anything like it - takes the listener to a new level!!! Fantastic album and will surely move you (...to tears, you'll never know 'til you try).

Ms. Nato

UNIQUELY Emotional and Captivating........There is so much involved.
Tears of the Forest is definitely a MUST hear cd. This music will CAPTIVATE you in many, many different ways!!! So drop what you're doing for a moment and take some time to listen to this album. You will be more than impressed..... It is UNIQUELY EMOTIONAL!! It will take you to the past, present, future and beyond. There is so much involved in this beautiful music that I cannot express it all in this short review in this amount of time. You will just have to listen and find out the rest for yourself. His skill of playing is masterful. Track 13 was a real BONUS.

M. M. Neuffer

A magical quality......
There is a mystical magical quality to the ethereal hypnotic music of, "Tears Of The Forest". This music has the ability to transport you to those sacred places you have been.

Dan Oakenhead

From deep vision to the shores of joyful tears ...
Talbert St. Clair’s "Tears Of The Forest" is an album to be listened to over and over again, and more than that, this is music to be experienced. St. Clair’s low whistle playing is superb, moving, masterful and illuminating.

The first piece on the album, The May Morning Dew, opens with strength and intensity, and you know right away you’re getting into something special. From this piece through the end, you are treated to sound-scapes and transporting melodies. The backing instrumentation of world tones, waves, pads, and tastefully placed percussion complement the low whistle superbly. The third selection, Meilti Cheann Dubhrann actually brought me to the shores of joyful tears. Victoria’s Air, the tenth piece in the set, is especially melodic, and brings to mind the depth of Irish tradition from which a wealth of low whistle music has arisen.

I can easily envision this fine album being embraced by artists, yogis, athletes, healers, contemplatives, gardeners, folks looking for release after a day’s work – well you get the idea – this is a fine album for just about everyone – perfect for meditation, focus, dream, all forms of relaxation, and a soundtrack to live with day in and day out.

Finally, the bonus track, The Hollow Ashplant, is just that, a true bonus. This is not your typical out of place add-on track. Quite the contrary – what a way to go out! The low whistle, percussion, and subtle reggae influenced beat takes you out of this album refreshed, smiling, and filled with fine uplifted energy. The recording quality of this CD is first rate. My recommendation: buy this CD, then buy several more to give to your friends. Its that good.

b. kelly

Very mystical, good to listen to.


Fantastic playing. This CD will move you!
I'll keep it simple. Talbert's music will really captivate your attention. My goodness this music is excellent! His flute playing is hypnotic and passionate. What a fantastic way to end the CD! Can't wait for the next. Hurry it up dude (laughing).

Sandra Nicht

I use this for Yoga classes!
I bought 10 CDs directly from Talbert (he cold-called me out of the blue and played tracks over the phone!) I found this music to be amazingly contemplative in nature, perfect for helping my Yoga students focus on their practice. Many of them would ask about the music and the artist and wanted a copy of it. I will be opening my own studio in 2007 and will be buying more copies for my retail area. I hope the new project happens, I've been waiting for it for years!