Traditional Irish Music
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For this album launch we feature the music of an award-winning progressive new age band called 2002, and their new album, Celtic Fairy Lullaby. Founding members and multi-instrumentalists Pamela and Randy Copus met in high school where they individually explored a wide variety of musical styles. After college they left their respective bands to form the progressive new age band they dubbed “2002”. Since the release of their debut album Wings in 1992 they have gone on to release well over a dozen more albums.
The band now includes 11 year old daughter Sarah Copus who is the lead vocalist, singing in Gaelic, Welsh and English, and also playing harp and violin. Comparisons to Enya and Loreena McKennitt have been made and this release showcases a young artist with a very bright future indeed.
For over 24 years, 2002 has uniquely blended a wide range of genres, from wistful ambient soundscapes to light progressive rock. This daring blend of musical styles has given them an undeniable “signature sound” which has landed them on Billboard’s charts 11 times and topped Billboard’s ‘Year In Review’ issue alongside Yanni, Mannheim Steamroller, Jim Brickman and George Winston.
This is track 6 from the album called Hó bha in (Sleep My Child) which is an old Irish lullaby sung by Sarah.
They describe the album as “a collection of timeless songs from ancient lands. Harps, flutes, piano, and subtle orchestration accompany delightful lyrics in Gaelic, Welsh and English.”
“A young heart with an old soul, Sarah has been featured previously on 2002’s albums. At age 10, Sarah’s soaring, angelic voice was featured prominently on Trail of Dreams (2014) that won “Best Vocal Album” from Zone Music Reporter. Sarah accepted the award and made her live debut at the Zone Music Awards in New Orleans singing "Tá Mé 'mo Shuí" and playing harp for over 700 attendees.”
“Sarah has perfect pitch,” says mom Pamela. “We approached the recording of Celtic Fairy Lullaby a little unconventionally and laid down Sarah’s amazing vocal tracks first, then built the music tracks around her. The synergy that Sarah brings to 2002’s signature sound has created something entirely new, by a band that believes in following the musical adventure wherever it leads, ever onward.”
2002 has been steadily increasing their use of vocals and percussion, infusing elements from pop, folk and rock into their ambient/neo-classical roots. Randy plays piano, guitar, bass, keyboards, and percussion, and Pamela plays harp, flutes and keyboards. An accomplished harpist and violinist, young Sarah also plays flute, whistle, ukulele and piano.”
"I love how we musically blend as a family,” says Randy. “Every time we go on stage to perform, I see those two lighted-up, electrified harps front stage, and I’m reminded again of what a unique act we’ve become. When we sing our big vocal harmonies together, the energy we experience is difficult to describe… it’s as though the notes are glued together with love."
The Copus Family is very active on the Texas music scene. Sarah is one of the founding members of North Texas School of Irish Music’s Gaelic Youth Chorus, and even has her own Celtic youth band, Innisfall. 2002 has additional recordings scheduled for 2016 and plans to add more performances throughout the US this year.
Broadcasters can also obtain a free download of the album via our Download Centre here on Tradconnect.
Produced by 2002
Sarah Copus ~ Lead and backing vocals and harp
Randy Copus ~ Guitar, bass, piano and keyboards
Pamela Copus ~ Flute and harp
Mastered by Cass Anawaty, Sunbreak Music
Gaelic language and singing instruction by Karen Thames Ballew
Graphic Artist: Cindy Grundsten, cindysart.weebly.com
Photoshop expertise by Susan Sowers ~ www.susansowers.com
Cover model: Sarah Copus at 2 years old and at 11 years old
Seoithín Seo Hó / Gartan Mother's Lullaby arranged by Karen Ballew
Cariad - by Lorraine King and John F.Wake (PRS) (used with permission)
Away From the Roll of the Sea by Allister MacGillivray (SOCAN)
All other songs traditional.
Galactic Playground Music • P.O. Box 940061 • Plano,TX 75094-0061
Visit www.2002music.com for lyrics
Special thanks to Dr Chris Grooms for Welsh language instruction, to
Alejandro Clavijo and Arianna Bradley-Harber for font expertise, to
Tim Kennedy - North Texas School of Irish Music. to Carolyn Nussbaum
Music Company for flutes, and to Thormahlen Harps.
Dedicated to Karen Thames Ballew. This album would never have been
possible without your wisdom, dedication and friendship. We love you!
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