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Celtic Reflections: Misty-Eyed Morning
Genres: Folk, World Music, New Age
Growing up in Britain, Whelan won seven button-accordion championships in Ireland and moved to the U.S. in 1980 at age 20. He's not only a quick-fingered player but quite a melodic composer as well, and he wrote a dozen of... more »
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Growing up in Britain, Whelan won seven button-accordion championships in Ireland and moved to the U.S. in 1980 at age 20. He's not only a quick-fingered player but quite a melodic composer as well, and he wrote a dozen of the 14 tracks on Celtic Reflections. The most successful numbers are the most traditional, for on those Whelan and such old pals as Patrick Kilbride, Seamus Egan, and Jerry O'Sullivan put the bright themes through one bouncy variation after another. Less successful are the synth-soaked mood pieces. --Geoffrey Himes
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"John Whelan has made a beautiful cd filled with tunes that seem to take you back to long ago Ireland. I use this cd to relax and meditate. This was put together with finesse and love. I love it!"
Whelan does it again
David Roy | Vancouver, BC | 08/16/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've been a fan of Celtic music for a long time, and this CD is one of the better examples I've heard. "Misty-eyed Morning" is a good description. It brings feelings of morning dew, mist over the forest and the sounds of nature outside in that forest. I can almost imagine waking up to this music while out in the English countryside.Before my love of Celtic music started, I could never imagine ever liking an instrument like the accordion. I had no idea that an instrument that I had always heard in music like the polka could actually sound so haunting and pleasurable. Whelan is a master, though, bringing out every nuance of mood imaginable.This was the first Whelan CD I ever picked up (I tried it on a whim without even hearing it), and I am so glad I did."