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|Sandra Reid, Randy Crafton|
Hal-An-Tow: Songs of the Six Celtic Nations
Genres: World Music, New Age
Hal-An-Tow features the extraordinary voice of Canadian singer Sandra Reid, and the sensitive world-percussion accompaniment of Randy Crafton. This is a rare collection of songs sung in the original languages of the six m... more »
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Hal-An-Tow features the extraordinary voice of Canadian singer Sandra Reid, and the sensitive world-percussion accompaniment of Randy Crafton. This is a rare collection of songs sung in the original languages of the six modern Celtic nations. The ancient and timeless combination of drum and voice embodies the essence of these unique and soulful melodies. These songs share an uncommon passion and power to haunt, to linger and ultimately to capture the heart. Together, Sandra Reid and Randy Crafton take off on an exciting now age tangent offering the listener a magical tonic for the spirit. With her soaring and powerful voice, Sandra Reid is one of the few singers performing in all six of the modern Celtic languages. Randy Crafton is known through his own work, and recordings and performances with Glen Velez and as a virtuosic frame drummer and world musician. Traditionally, these songs are sung unaccompanied. In the past, art singers have paired well with pianists and harpists. In her collaboration with Randy Crafton, Sandra is experimenting with an ancient tradition, that of coupling the voice with the drum. This is an especially exacting challenge for the percussionist, as the rhythmic pulse of many of the traditional songs is defined by the poetic meter of the individual text. Randy Crafton brings to this partnership manifold talents and expertise from his extensive background in world music traditions. Together, Sandra and Randy take off on an exciting "now" age tangent offering the listener a magical tonic for the spirit.
This should be a famous Celtic album
Mark Krol | Melbourne, Australia | 03/19/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You will find no kitch Celtic music here. This is the real McCoy. It is mysterious and beautiful without having to flirt with New Age bubble-gum. Why this album is not famous is beyond my understanding. If you love 'Vas', then you will love this album. Reid and Crafton deserve to be cherished by the world music community; not only by Celtic patriots. No Celtic blood flows through my veins, so my deep appreciation of this outstanding album stems from simple recognition of musical magic."