Keith Duke - Sacred Dance

Published Thursday 13th October 2005
Keith Duke - Sacred Dance
Keith Duke - Sacred Dance

STYLE: Celtic
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 13342-3050
LABEL: Kevin Mayhew 1490179
RELEASE DATE: 2005-07-01
RRP: £14.98

Reviewed by Tom Lennie

The 14 tracks that comprise this Celtic collection were not only created by Keith Duke (with occasional text composition by friend and "priest-poet" David Adam), but also features him as the most versatile musician on the project - with his employment of flauto dolce, white-tailed hawk flute, bowed psaltery, Tibetan singing bowls, Balinese temple bell and various other exotic tools! 'Sacred Dance' follows on from Duke's previous 'Sacred Weave' and 'Sacred Pathway', and all pieces are intended to "be used for movement of one kind or another during worship, mostly during the Eucharist." For example, Duke suggests that the two or three upbeat, resounding jig-type tunes are used in finishing Easter Sunday worship. Most tracks, however, fall within the deliberately unhurried, meditative type and, with the aid of the wonderful clarity of Lucy Bunce's lead vocals (she's also a harpist), and Duke's haunting tones, make for a thoughtful and deeply atmospheric whole. Then again, there's "Cuthbert's Beach", a lengthy poem, rendered in spoken rather than musical form. This is a fine and welcome recording (lasting one second short of an hour!), definitely helpful in aiding the listener to draw closer to the heartbeat of the Divine.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Christ Before Me [Listen]
2. I Arise [Listen]
3. Dance In The Spirit [Listen]
4. Come, Be With Me [Listen]
5. Cadfan's Blessing [Listen]
6. See Him [Listen]
7. David's Air - Fire Of The North [Listen]
8. Christmas Poor [Listen]
9. The Love Of God [Listen]
10. Praise His Holy Name [Listen]
11. My Peace [Listen]
12. Roses Circle [Listen]
13. Cuthberts Beach [Listen]
14. Spirit Divine [Listen]

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