Traditional Irish Music
With close to 3,000 members it can be hard to track everyone so we depend on members to pop their head above the parapet a bit every now and again. In that way we can find out about members and their music. Here is a member that has been with us since virtually the beginning and it is only this week that we are discovering the true extent of her talent. Christine Wheeler has recorded a very fine album indeed
'Rain in the Mountains - Songs from Henry Lawson’ is a set of songs created from the poetry of Australia’s national bard with contemporary folk-inspired settings as varied and beautiful as Lawson’s timeless words. Lawson had a gift for conveying powerful feelings in the straightforward language of ordinary people. The album includes everything from country waltzes and Irish style slip jigs to exquisite, introspective airs and lively comic turns, jazz-tinged ballads and upbeat anthems. Christine has chosen settings by writers as diverse as country music icon Slim Dusty, John Schumann of Redgum fame, jazz composer Ade Monsbourgh, folk musician and mentor Chris Kempster and others, as well as several of her own originals.
Led by Christine’s classic folk voice and her flute and whistle playing it features some exceptional and diverse musicians. The Celtic styles of Leigh Birkett on guitar and bouzouki and Roger Hargreaves on bouzouki and mandolin; the classical beauty of Rebecca Daniel on violin; two of Tamworth’s favourite sons, Michael Vidale on bass and Simon Watts on fiddle; Eastern music expert John Robinson on tamboura, oud, mandolin and guitar. Add lush vocal harmonies by all band members and the result is a richly satisfying musical experience.
There is a copy on its way to us and we will follow up with a more detailed piece/review. In the meantime enjoy and support the members of Tradconnect and if you like it, press the Buy button.
Artist Website where you can listen and buy www.christinewheeler.net.au
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