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Other Musicians / The High Kings
« on: April 03, 2020, 11:13:25 PM »
After being on my to do list for years, I finally started listening to The High Kings. Like Celtic Woman, the group operates under the Celtic Collections label. The group started in 2008 (possibly in response to rival group Celtic Thunder, associated with a different label).

Current members:
- Finbarr Clancy
- Brian Dunphy
- Darren Holden

Past members:
- Martin Furey
- George Murphy

The High Kings (2008)
Memory Lane (2010)
Live in Ireland (2011)
Friends for Life (2013)
Four Friends Live (2015)
Grace & Glory (2016)
Decade: The Best of the High Kings (2017)

Live in Dublin (2008)
Four Friends Live (2015)

Thoughts on their debut album:

I listened to their first album (The High Kings) tonight. Not bad! It's definitely a more Irish sound than Celtic Thunder. The harmony was good. They had a few great fun songs. In contrast to the Celtic Woman or Celtic Thunder albums, there wasn't anything that absolutely blew me away, but it was definitely fun to listen to.

My favourites from the first album were The Black Velvet Band, The Parting Glass, The Wild Rover (Live 2007), Will Ye Go Lassie, Go. The Beggerman Jig (instrumental) and Marie's Wedding (ceili-type song) were fun!

The real shocker was The Parting Glass. I was expecting the traditional arrangement. Instead, I discovered it was basically the same arrangement that Celtic Woman used in Believe! Almost exactly the same! I've honestly never heard another group besides Celtic Woman do that arrangement. I thought Celtic Woman were the only ones that performed it that way. But given that The High Kings performed it in 2008 (years before Believe was recorded), it's possible that Celtic Woman borrowed the arrangement from their label-mates (unless CW was performing that arrangement on tour prior to 2008).

Here's a video of them performing The Parting Glass from 2008. Sound familiar? Lol.

They did The Parting Glass really well, although I felt the Celtic Woman performances had a bit more of a wow-factor with their voices of epic beauty.

Overall, it was a fun album. Nothing really sucked and there were a few really good songs on it. I'm looking forward to listening to the rest of their recorded works.

Lisa's new album Juniper officially launched today!


Launch Event

Here's the video from her launch event on Facebook:

It was a lovely video.

She talked about the album and its inspiration. The album also featured pre-recorded videos of 2 songs from her album:
- Juniper
- Holding Back the Time

Both were excellent. The Juniper track seemed to sound even better in this launch than it did on the album. It was absolutely gorgeous!

There were also clips from some of the other amazing songs on the album, like Dust and Sand.


I received my copy of Juniper on Wednesday. I ordered it from the label (Blue Elan) during the pre-order. As expected, Lisa didn't get to sign those ones (not to worry, I have a second signed copy on the way from her site as well). The case is made of cardboard. Handling those always scares me a bit because they're easier to damage and harder to replace than plastic jewel cases. Inside the front cover is an insert booklet which includes the lyrics to the songs!!! That's so rare to find these days and I'm really glad they were included for this album!

The music on the album is beautiful the whole way through. I'll not dissect each song as I have have neither the qualifications nor the words to properly review the songs. Overall, the album has what I might describe as a light country sound with strong vibes of trance music. I definitely didn't find it as strong a country sound as her previous album. It's hard to describe, but the result is a deeply soothing experience. The tracks are very relaxing, but the wonderful way they're arranged also gives energy to the listener. I am really impressed how well all the tracks turned out!

Like Orla's albums, Juniper made me feel really calm as I was listening to it. It reminded me a lot of how I feel listening to Lynn's music too, although Lynn's music has more of a purely soothing quality while Lisa's album carries a little more energy.

I was expecting Burning Love to be a different song than it was. For some reason, I had in my head one of Lisa's songs from her lives shows in New York last year and I thought before I heard the album that would be the song. I really liked this track too, but I do wish that song I heard her sing live had found its way on to the album as well. I'll just have to go listen to her live some day and if I'm lucky, I'll get to hear that beautiful song again

The tracks are all so good, but my favourite was probably Dust and Sand, followed closely by Tiny Devotions and Hunter's Moon.

Lisa and her team did a fantastic job on this! It was quite a wait, but wow, was it ever worth it!

Hope you enjoy!

The Irish Tenors with Máiréad Nesbitt Celtic Violinist

Sunday, December 20th, 2020
7:00 PM EST

Lynn Memorial Auditorium
Lynn, MA

General Discussion / The Best of April Fools'
« on: April 01, 2020, 08:09:36 AM »
What are some of the best and worst April Fools' jokes of which you've ever been on the perpetrating or receiving end?

Forum Questions & Comments / Forum host having performance issues?
« on: March 31, 2020, 09:21:42 PM »
Is the forum host having some performance issues (with the databases perhaps)?

For the past few days, it seems to be taking a lot longer to load things on the forum. Last night, it took almost a minute to submit a post.

Fun and Games / Re: Who Sang/Said?
« on: March 31, 2020, 04:49:45 PM »
"Your beauty is endless before me" (from an album/DVD).

Susan singing “My Land”!


Fun and Games / Re: Name That Tune
« on: March 31, 2020, 01:13:39 AM »
Yep! Garden of Eden is correct. I only realised she wrote it before joining CW after I posted, my bad.


Let's have some fun with this next one ;) The song that came next when Eabha said the following (or something similar) to the audience:

   "Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir slán abhaile"

Hint: One might hear something like this at the end of an evening.

Hmm. Let’s see...

My best guess would be “The Parting Glass”.

I've heard her say a few variations of thile thanks and farewell message but it's super hard to figure out how to spell what she's saying without know long the language well.

Another variation I've heard from her is something like:
"Slán agus Beannacht" (then a word or two in between I don't know ... sounds kind of like "ag" I think) "is go dté slán abhaile." I suppose slán abhaile is the key. Lol.

calendar / 2020-09-10 - Lisa Lambe (Dublin, Ireland)
« on: March 30, 2020, 08:32:53 AM »
Lisa's show originally scheduled for April 3 has been rescheduled for September 10th, 2020.

The Sugar Club
Dublin, Ireland

Tickets for April 3 will apparently be valid for the new date or refunds available directly with the venue.

For tickets and info to go:

Fun and Games / Re: Name That Tune
« on: March 29, 2020, 06:52:22 PM »
Yep! Garden of Eden is correct. I only realised she wrote it before joining CW after I posted, my bad.


Let's have some fun with this next one ;) The song that came next when Eabha said the following (or something similar) to the audience:

   "Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir slán abhaile"

Hint: One might hear something like this at the end of an evening.

Fun and Games / Re: Who Sang/Said?
« on: March 29, 2020, 06:50:26 PM »
"Your beauty is endless before me" (from an album/DVD).

Fun and Games / Re: Who Sang/Said?
« on: March 29, 2020, 01:10:37 PM »
“The plant is not okay!”

Hint: This is from a behind-the-scenes video from last year’s Symphony Tour.

Sounds like Eabha.

LIsa is signing a limited number of albums ordered directly from her site in the Shop page. It specifically says it's signed. There are places on the site that direct you to order from Bluelan. Those CDs don't say they are signed and Lisa has confirmed they are not.

The Juniper Experience pre-orders were through Bluelan, so I expect those copies wouldn't be signed, but we shall see when mine arrives (it could be a while due to Coronavirus). Lol.

Lisa Lambe / Re: Lisa Lambe Site Re-Launch
« on: March 28, 2020, 06:10:11 PM »
Lisa's re-designed site has launched!

calendar / 2020-10-10 - Mairead Nesbitt (Manchester, NH)
« on: March 28, 2020, 01:29:17 PM »
Mairead Nesbitt

Saturday, October 10, 2020
Dana Center-Koonz Theatre
Manchester, NH

Tickets not available yet as of the time I posted this.

calendar / 2020-10-08 - Mairead N (Tallahassee, FL)
« on: March 28, 2020, 01:25:28 PM »
Mairead Nesbitt
Opperman Music Hall
Tallahassee, FL

Thursday, Oct 8, 2020

No tickets available yet as of the time I posted this event.

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