Main: Celtic Moods: feat. Secret Sky

Today’s pro­gramme explores the expan­sion of Celtic music and themes into sev­er­al dif­fer­ent gen­res of mod­ern music, and today we are fea­tur­ing the new album from Secret Sky — along with some solo tracks from one of its mem­bers, Car­o­line Lavelle.

The band Secret Sky brings togeth­er three of the most excit­ing and cre­ative forces in Celtic/World music; Bri­an Hugh­es (gui­tars, oud & bouzou­ki), Car­oline Lavelle (cel­lo & vocals), and Hugh Marsh (fid­dle). The three secretsky-album2met 20 years ago and have played togeth­er in Loreena McKennitt’s band since. Their epony­mous debut album is pro­duced by Bri­an Hugh­es, and is an excit­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion that brings thrilling pow­er and emo­tion­al depth to both tra­di­tion­al and self-penned songs. In addi­tion to the Secret Sky album, we’ll be play­ing some of Car­o­line Lavelle’s impres­sive solo mate­r­i­al.

The “Celtic Moods” strand on Radio Riel explores the way in which Celtic themes and music have influ­enced many oth­er areas of music, from rock to clas­si­cal, and well beyond the tra­di­tion­al Celtic Lands. You will find a num­ber of tra­di­tion­al tunes in today’s pro­gramme, but they may not be arranged quite as you might expect. And yes, there are a few tra­di­tion­al musi­cians here too – but they are sel­dom per­form­ing tra­di­tion­al­ly.

Here we are fea­tur­ing musi­cians and music that start from the Celtic tra­di­tion and take it for­ward into oth­er realms, from Joanie Mad­den to Mendelssohn; from thun­der­ous­ly spec­tac­u­lar orches­tral arrange­ments (you’ll hear sev­er­al of those today) to inspir­ing music for a small Celtic ensem­ble and organ, played in the largest Goth­ic space in the world.

Thus, this is not quite a ‘Celtic’ pro­gramme in the nor­mal sense of the word. Today instead rev­el in the lush orches­tra­tions of Erich Kun­zel and Phil Coul­ter, for exam­ple; lis­ten to Celtic Thun­der and Celtic Woman; and enjoy a col­lec­tion of exact­ly what it says on the tin: Celtic Moods.

Then join us at 11am or 7pm Pacif­ic (19:00 or 03:00 in the UK) for the lat­est episode of our clas­sic radio dra­ma series, Moon Over Moroc­co, as the sto­ry reach­es its cli­max.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. If you are in the Unit­ed States or Cana­da, please click here to launch the Stream Licens­ing play­er. You can also lis­ten via TuneIn.

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