More than a simple story based on selkie legends, The Song of the Selkie
is about trust, friendship and forgiveness, as well as the rewards of being
open to life's many possibilities. ... My children listened to this CD with
me, and we were all enraptured. The Song of the Selkie is destined to be a
Donna Scanlon, Rambles
"Something I am always looking to find, and usually never do, is a way to
return to that childhood sense of wonder and delight over something
seemingly magical. You know the feeling, all warm and snugly safe, grinning
like a fool and holding your breath to see what happens next. Magic never
happens when you are actively looking for it, but as soon as you stop,
"BOOM!" There it is, right before you. Such is the case with this CD."
Naomi de Bruyn, Green Man Review
Reviews from CD Baby:
Loved the CD! (5 stars)
I listen to this CD frequently as I enjoy both the harp music and the storytelling. A great combination!
Great CD, wonderful music and story (4 stars)
Great CD! It keeps my kids enthralled, especially in the car. The harp music is beautiful, the story is interesting and the narrator has a great story telling voice.
Excellent story! (4 stars)
I listened to this CD on a long drive and it was the most enjoyable time in the car! The mix of storytelling and harp music was lovely. And one of my favorite songs, Chi mi na Morbheanna, is on it as well.
The live performances include Sue Richards' stellar original tune Aisling, Jennifer Kubina's beautiful rendition of The Mermaid's Song, and Ellen James' stirring vocals on Chi Mi Na Morbheanna.
Listing of Tune Tracks: (story on odd numbered tracks)
|2.||Bonnie Dundee||all harpers|
|4.||Lochaber No More||Gayl McDermott|
|6.||O Chi, Chi Mi Na Morbheanna||Ellen James|
|8.||The Great Silkie||Debbie Eccles|
|10.||Beloved Gregor||Kelley Boyer|
|14.||Elegy for Rob Roy McGregor||Cynthia Cathcart|
|16.||Oliver Jack/Jack Broke the Prison Door||Gayl McDermott and Abbie Palmer|
|18.||The Old Woman of the Milldust||Sue Richards|
|20.||Coolin Hills||Cynthia Cathcart and Jo Morrison|
|22.||Arran Boat Song||Cynthia Cathcart, Ellen James, Gayl McDermott, Abbie Palmer, Sue Richards|
|24.||Bressay Lullaby||Jo Morrison|
|26.||The Mermaid's Song||Jennifer Kubina|
|30.||Bonnie Dundee||all harpers|
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The Benefit Concert 2000 provided a forum for harpers young and old,
professional and amateur, to play solo and ensemble pieces within the context
of an original story, as told by Scottish storyteller Heather Yule. This
story was recorded live at the concert, and is presented here. Minor editing
has been done to allow for a smoother flow of the story, but no additional
recording was done, and performance idiosyncrasies were not digitally "fixed."
This is very much a live performance.
All tunes traditional except Aisling by Sue Richards and Neach
Neamhshaolta by Lily. Arrangements by the performers, except Oliver
Jack/Jack Broke the Prison Door, arranged by Sue Richards. All tunes
and arrangements copyright by the composers/arrangers.
Incidental music performed by Lily and Sue Richards.
Original story by Jo Morrison, as told by Heather Yule.
Cover art by Jennifer Yust.
The album cover is Copyright © 2000 by Jo Morrison, All rights reserved.
Recorded live by Jim Bigwood and Gordon Masters of Village Sound Company.
Recorded at University Baptist Church, College Park, Maryland during the WAFHS Benefit Concert on May 13, 2000.
Editing and mastering by Charlie Pilzer of Airshow Mastering.
Produced by Jo Morrison. Copyright © (P) 2000 by Jo Morrison. All rights reserved.
The WAFHS would like to thank the following people for their assistance with
University Baptist Church for the use of their facilities.
James and Jane Morrison for making arrangements for use of the facilities.
All of the harpers that contributed to this recording: Kerry Bosley, Kelley Boyer, Cynthia Cathcart, Debbie Eccles, Ellen James, Marguerite Kearney, Rick Kemper, Jennifer Kubina, Walt Lazear, Lily, Gayl McDermott, Jo Morrison, Abbie Palmer, Sue Richards, Charlotte Roe, and Susan Wilzer.