Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
There's a new sound in Celtic music. Pioneered by Ireland's Clannad, refined by Nova Scotia's Rankin Family, and pursued by Northern Ireland's Deanta and Kansas City's Scartaglen, this novel twist on an old music features ... more »
There's a new sound in Celtic music. Pioneered by Ireland's Clannad, refined by Nova Scotia's Rankin Family, and pursued by Northern Ireland's Deanta and Kansas City's Scartaglen, this novel twist on an old music features the usual acoustic instruments but with a modern emphasis on melodic hooks, female vocals in English and percussion. There's no better argument for this fresh sound than Deanta, that quintet's second album and first U.S. release. Though the nine pieces on the album are largely traditional, the band brings out the music's contemporary qualities: a bouncy, regular beat linked to repeating melodic figures. --Geoffrey Himes
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bhim7 | Nevada City, CA United States | 06/28/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's hard to write this review without making it sound like a love letter to Mary Dillon. But truly, the sweetness in her voice is hard not to totally fall in love with... The other folks in the group all play exquisitely too. And such a strong collection of pieces! Not a weak spot anywhere. All of this applies to all the Deanta CD's available, by the way.
But Oh, Mary, your voice is soooo adorable and alltogether lovely... When will you be starting to make solo albums? Please..!!"
They sound a little young, but still good
bhim7 | 07/16/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In what I believe was their debut album, Deanta sounds like they were looking for their groove, and most of the time, they found it. This album turns out some very nice songs. "Cold Grey Fairyland" is haunting, and "Willy Taylor" has a nice edge to it. "The Flight of the Termite" is an especially interesting instrumental, with what sounds like a didgeredoo mixed amongst the Celtic instruments. But that's what sets Deanta apart: a strong basis in traditional Celtic music with a willingness to flirt with other styles."