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JUST IN: REVIEW FROM 'EARLY MUSIC TODAY'
5 STARS
‘This excellent recording, which, in its exploration of music about angels, devils, and other spirits is a great showcase for its four multi-talented performers (17 instruments in total). It’s clear that Clare Salaman (who arranged all but one of the tracks), Clara Sanabras (who composed the remaining track), Joy Smith and Peter McCarthy share the same enthusiasm for taking the familiar and making it fresh. Take Corelli’s ‘La Follia’ , performed here on nyckelharpa and clarsach: I don’t know how they came up with that, but it works, and very well indeed.’
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Angels have played a part in human consciousness for as long as we can remember. Their roles in the life of mankind are various; they appear as guardians, counsellors, guides, judges, and interpreters and cross barriers of culture, language, religion and geography. Many are a force for good but there are also fallen angels, angels of death and others who are spirits of wrath, destruction, confusion and vengeance.

In this CD you will find music associated with angels, the maverick and fallen as well as the divine and perfect. Playing some of the instruments that appear in descriptions and depictions of angels through the ages, as well as other strange and ethereal sounding instruments, we present traditional tunes, dances, songs and carols in a celebration of these heavenly and occasionally diabolical beings.


Clara Sanabras : Voice, Oud, Guitars
Clare Salaman : Nyckelharpa, Hurdy Gurdy
Joy Smith : Harps, Dulcimer, Percussion
Peter McCarthy : Bass Instruments

Baroque Triple Harp, Baroque Guitar, Bass Violin, Bray Harp, Cajon, Clarsach (Celtic Harp), Dulcimer, Hurdy Gurdy, Leg Bells, Low Bass Viol, Medieval Harp, Nyckelharpa, Oud, Renaissance Guitar, Tabor, Three String Bass, and most strange and ancient of all, the Human Voice. Click here for our instrument glossary.

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