Circle Of The Sun

Áine Minogue

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BILLBOARD MAGAZINE ...Celtic singer Áine Minogue is quickly outstripping any comparisons to Enya, but that's still a good place to start. Minogue's ethereal voice caresses her Gaelic lyrics like a breeze through Irish mists, but her sound is more organic, mixing her own Celtic harp with acoustic guitars, cellos, fiddles, flutes, and percussion from Irish bodhrans to Indian tablas. On "Máire Mhór," she gets earthy with some didgeridoo, funky plucked cello, and African djembe. ...Áine Minogue is close enough to her Celtic sources to be nourished by them, but not so close that they root her to the spot....

LA TIMES ....blends traditional sounds with a cross cultural blend of live and studio textures....a musically compelling album.....

SONGWRITER'S MONTHLY ...exquisite Celtic music that encompasses the old and the new in a jaunt through the seasons. Very highly recommended.....

LA TIMES
....blends traditional sounds with a cross cultural blend of live and studio textures....a musically compelling album.....

DENVER POST
....exotic rhythms behind her whispery soprano..most attractive....

NEWARK STAR LEDGER
...Minogue is a harpist and producer from County Tipperary, equally adept at shimmering new age or explosive percussion tracks.....

NAPRA REVIEW
...a super offering not just for Celtic fans, but for aficionados of ethereal female vocals as well....

DIRTY LINEN
...lively and percussive, while at the same time it opens doors to contemplation....an unusual combination that the Irish native handles well......

MISSISSIPPI PRESS
..it is the way each piece confounds expectations that gives this album its considerable charm....

IRISH EDITION
...her silky voice sensually envelops the melodies against a patchwork quilt of all that is appealing in Celtic music today.....if you like this music, you'll love this album.....

PATRIOT LEDGER, BOSTON... 
impressive....Minogue's singing is passionate, pure and respectful, ranging from mournful expressions to whispers...contemporary almost jazzy quality...lovely emotional instrumentals.....

DAILY SOUTHTOWN, CHICAGO ....takes on a meditative stillness that leaves dancing behind.......

The Record (Waterloo Region) Entertainment, Saturday Robert Reid Aine Minogue's "Circle of the Sun" (RCA/BMG) should be at the top of everybody's buying lists. Circle of the Sun is Minogue's second release since she emigrated to New England from her home in County Tipperary. It follows her superb debut "Between the Worlds." An accomplished harpist with a haunting voice, Minogue is one of the most exciting of Ireland's current generation of musicians. She combines a deep understanding of traditional Celtic music with a modern musical sensibility. Circle of the Sun consists of a blend of traditional and original songs and tunes that trace the emotional contours of the Celtic calendar. While a few tracks consist of such simple arrangements as harp with guitar, cello or fiddle, most resemble what can best be described as Celtic chamber music.

ALBUM CREDITS Áine Minogue: Vocals, harp, harmonies John Arimond: backing vocals Jeramie Hammond: backing vocals Seamus Egan: whistle Winnie Horan: fiddles Takaaki Masuko: percussion Alasdair Halliday: backing vocals Barry Phillips: tabla, cello Claudio Regazzi: guitar Ben Wittman: drums (brushed surdo, floor toms, surdo, djembe) Wesley Wirth: bass Mark Simos: guitar Daniel Orlansky: didjeridoo Arden String Quartet: Zioa Bologovsky- violin, Rohan Gregory - violin, Charae Krueger - cello, Louisa Sarkissian - viola

All tracks published by Little Miller Music (BMI) for Aine Minogue.

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