Kiran Young Wimberly & The McGraths - Celtic Psalms (Elevation)
STYLE: Celtic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 161663-24126 LABEL: Elevation ELE2186D FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2016-05-20 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Brendan O'Regan
This album features a marriage of two ancient traditions - the Psalms and some old Irish and Scottish melodies. The songs are enhanced by some beautiful acoustic playing on guitar, harp, flute, fiddle and even cello. It's all very pleasant and relaxing, more than fit for facilitating personal reflection. I'm not entirely comfortable with very familiar songs like "Carrickfergus" or "Down By The Sally Gardens" having their words changed like this - it's a subjective thing I know, but it didn't always work for me. For example, the pain expressed in "My God, My God" just doesn't come across in the lovely lilting melody. Perhaps these same words and the tasteful Celtic instrumentation would work better with new or less familiar melodies? For that reason the tracks I liked were the ones with less familiar melodies - like the beautiful "The Lord Is My Light" (Psalm 27) and "Sing To The Lord" (Psalms 98-100), with its fine acapella singing. Sometimes the vocals could be stronger but they shine at their best in the harmonies of "You Have Turned My Sorrow" (Psalm 30). This time the melody does suit the sense of relief expressed by the psalmist.
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Twelve authentic, traditional Irish and Scottish airs and melodies set to a selection of psalms. Ancient words and traditional music, featuring Kiran Young Wimberly and The McGraths, combine to help lead you into the presence of God.