CD Review by Greg Barnett
Cathy is an exponent of the tapestry of Celtic harp music.
Her music sits in that space where music meets spirituality.
Greg Hunt is on fiddle, mandolin and percussion while others contribute on guitar, vocals, whistle, cello and piano.
Most of the tracks are traditional tunes, arranged by Cath and Greg.
The playing is impeccable, the arrangements sparse and spacious, giving the harp room to shine and shimmer.
The vibe is generally sweetness and/or melancholy, and most tempos are slow, as befits a ‘spiritual’ approach.
There are two tracks which contain a ‘jig’, but these are barely mid-tempo.
The first of two songs (vocals) appears at Track 9 and stood out not only for the obvious sonic change, but also because the vocal itself was so emotionally sweet and clear.
I was amazed and disappointed that there were not more vocal tracks to balance the whole album.
Someone could have written lyrics for some of the many instrumentals, or else used a voice without words purely as an instrument.
A voice always adds humanity and connectedness to any arrangement.
I didn’t detect the Aboriginal influence suggested by the liner, but anyone wanting a gentle, sweet and atmospheric Celtic ambience should give this album a spin.
14 tracks and 50:25 playing time.
Jewel case with 4-page booklet with story, credits and links.
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