This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 1/03
"Kevin and Maxine’s Celtic & Folk Music CD Reviews"
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Besides time pieces, fondue and the Alps, another of Switzerland's claims to fame may surprisingly soon enough be Celtic music. Nope, you didn't read that wrong. That is, if the Basadingen, Switzerland-based Heidi, Stef and The Bow Triplets continue producing music such as this on their second release.
There may not be a Sean, an Eoin, a Donal or an Aoife to be found here but nine instrumentals and seven songs later, the listener is provided with a very pleasing collection of music that matches up to any of the offerings from Ireland-based bands.
The first cut, "Big John McNeal," is an attention-grabber from the first lively note. The best instrumentals bring a picture to mind and this one transports the listener to a lively dancing session, whether it be a ceili in Miltown Malbay or a square dance in Fort Worth.
"The Dance of The Honeybee" also works in this way. It leads one to easily imagine a bee flitting from flower to flower.
The meaning and feeling of the title cut, the healing "One Spot on Earth" is aided immensely by the fitting harp backing.
"Meghan & Robin" is a new but traditional-sounding song with a sad but ultimately sweet conclusion while "The Tinkerman's Daughter" proves once again that you can't buy love like livestock at an auction.
The intriguing biblical-based song "The Lord of The Dance" shifts to a faster, catchier rhythm halfway through and then darts into an even livelier closing reel titled "The Dance of The Lord." No, there is nary a mention of Michael Flatley.
"Captain, My Captain" is an admonition to live life to its fullest:
"...Be mindful and present, enjoy every trip, day by dayThe catchy concertina and bodhran-based "The Boys from Blue Hill" evolves into "Cherish The Ladies," with banjo and guitar joining the fray.
We'll all once sail another ship, oceans away
One day the tightest knot will slip, good wind
Captain, my captain on your new and distant ship..."
Jaunty harp playing fronts "Walsh's Hornpipe," melding into the violin-led "The Peacock's Feather."
"Miramis" closes the release, a soothing, wistful-sounding offering featuring cello, viola, guitar and bells.
The playing here is extremely crisp and clean but this will not be a release for those seeking frenetically fast reels and jigs. The instrumentals are an appealing mix of rhythms and are standout offerings commanding attention. It's hard to imagine anyone with a taste for the Celtic not enjoying most, if not all, of this release.
Absolutely worthy of mention is the paper jewel case. The design and layout are superb. It unfolds into three parts, the left detailing the band members and instruments, plus contact information, the center holds the CD, and on the right is a pocket holding the booklet featuring song titles, attribution and lyrics. Musicians, please take note of this handiness.
Heidi Sigfalk, on vocals, viola and violin and Stef Sigfalk, on vocals, guitar, concertina, banjo and mouth harmonica, are backed by Andreas Aeppli on vocals, bodhran and percussion; Joe Eisenburger on acoustic bass; Inga-Lisa Jansen on harp and Heidinha Schelbert on cello.
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