STYLE: Celtic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 180403-29628 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
Those who've been following the ministry of singer/fiddle player Julie and singer, flute and whistle player Nigel will already know that in the whole sweep of music labelled "Celtic" both by Christians and non-Christians, no one plays it better. Their husband and wife duo's previous three albums have been a preparation for this, their masterwork, and if you have any interest in music inspired by the Irish folk tradition or keen to explore deeper the divine mysteries of true worship, this beautiful album of meditative music is unreservedly recommended. The Camerons have brought in superbly gifted guests to help frame their songs - Phil Hart's acoustic guitar nuances bring out the haunting melodies some of which he's written or arranged and Iona's Dave Bainbridge offers multi-textured soundscapes through his keys, electric guitar, bouzouki and mandolin. Throughout, Julie's vocals are transcendentally emotive and when she's singing "The Lord Is My Light" with lyrics by Nigel adapted from Psalm 27, set to the haunting traditional Irish melody known as "Women Of Ireland", or "My Jesus I Love Three" with lyrics written in the 19th century by an impossibly young William Ralph Featherstone, the effect is spine-tingling. But the absolute classic is "Darkest Day (Julie's Dream)" with words inspired by a dream Julie had of children in Heaven. This sumptuous album also has beautiful artwork which could do with a vinyl release to show it in all its glory. But as you may well have to wait another year for a vinyl release of 'Celtish Home' I suggest you stream or buy the CD of this wonderful meditative worship set now. It will likely help you find deep places with our Lord and King.
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