Nick & Anita Haigh - Celtic Roots & Rhythms: The Collection

Published Tuesday 7th September 2010
Nick & Anita Haigh - Celtic Roots & Rhythms: The Collection
Nick & Anita Haigh - Celtic Roots & Rhythms: The Collection

STYLE: Celtic
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 21720-16924
LABEL: ICC ICC1021D
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 3
RELEASE DATE: 2007-03-15
RRP: £14.99

Reviewed by Gareth Hills

Celtic music albums are often thought of as being the province of petrol station bargain bins, and it is fair to say that through myriad new-age fads (like many styles which lend themselves to reflection and meditation), it has been heavily commercialised over the years. It was a pleasant surprise then when I gave 'Heartcry', the first disc of this trilogy boxset, a spin, to discover musicians and songwriters who take Celtic music as seriously as it deserves to be. Husband and wife duo, Nick and Anita Haigh, have penned a fantastic collection of pieces exploring Celtic spirituality, which express "a fervent desire to encounter Christ in the ordinariness of everyday life". There is little that hasn't been covered by the individual reviews for the albums, which can also be found on this site, but when listening to the albums as a triptych, you can spot the growth, both in terms songwriting and arrangement as the albums progress. The first track of 'Homecoming' the second album has a confidence - not to mention a sublime vocal arrangement - that goes beyond what was expressed on the first album, and likewise, the third album feels the most mature and assured. Truly an ambitious project, and one which has not only succeeded, but grown with time, matching, perhaps the "journey through life's changing seasons" which Nick & Anita set out to capture.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Captivate Me [Listen]
2. Pilgrim [Listen]
3. I Heard The Voice Of Jesus [Listen]
4. Come To Me [Listen]
5. Song For Kim [Listen]
6. Strange Land (Instrumental) [Listen]
7. Kyrie Eleison [Listen]
8. The Enfolding [Listen]
9. Anthem For Ireland [Listen]
10. Dear Lord And Father [Listen]
11. All Around The World (Instrumental) [Listen]
12. Open To You [Listen]
13. Revelation [Listen]
14. Come Away With Me [Listen]
15. Brendan´s Prayer [Listen]
16. Crossing Over (Carry Me) [Listen]
17. The Road To Home (Instrumental - Jigs And Reel) [Listen]
18. What Do I Do [Listen]
19. Tender Saviour [Listen]
20. Invocation Of The Holy Spirit [Listen]
21. O Sacred Love [Listen]
22. My Soul's Desire [Listen]
23. Blind Mary (Instrumental - Irish Air) [Listen]
24. Amazing Grace [Listen]
25. Home Is Where The Heart Is [Listen]
26. Masterpiece [Listen]
27. Show Me Your Ways [Listen]
28. Let The Earth Cry Out [Listen]
29. Eden's Favourite (Instrumental) [Listen]
30. Erin Mo Chroi (Erin My Heart [Listen]
31. Praise, My Soul, The King Of Heaven [Listen]
32. Nendrum (Hallowed Ground) (Instrumental) [Listen]
33. My Companion [Listen]
34. Sanctuary [Listen]
35. Broken Lives (Hands To Heal) [Listen]
36. I Bind Myself To You [Listen]
37. I Will Arise And Go To Jesus [Listen]

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Product Description
Husband and wife duo Nick & Anita Haigh combine their impressive musical and vocal talents on this box set of their much-loved and respected Celtic Roots & Rhythms series. Mixing worship songs, airs and dance tunes in traditional Celtic styles, with rich acoustic textures and fiddle playing, these songs form the base for thought-provoking lyrics and crystal-clear vocals. Three CDs of songs that give authentic expression to a spiritual journey of faith and worship, rooted in our Celtic spiritual inheritance

Produced by Chris Norton and Richard Lacy, from the Celtic worship team Eden’s Bridge.

Reader Comments

Posted by Pam Pratt in Oxfordshire @ 21:33 on Mar 9 2014

I love your music and how it brings one into the presence of God. Is the music available in a book and can it be used in a service?



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