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Album of the Week: Ruth Keggin with ‘Sheear’

The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 8 March 2014 is the newly released CD from Isle of Man singer Ruth Keggin called Sheear.

Sheear (‘Westward’) is a live studio recording featuring an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary Manx Gaelic songs, arranged in a fresh and imaginative way.

Celtic Music Radio’s Ruth Hamilton talks to Ruth Keggin about her music, Manx music and her new album.

Ruth (vocals, piano and flute) performs along with guitarist David Pearce and double-bassist Vanessa McWilliam; Irish flautist and sean nos singer Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin and Manx fiddle player Tomas Callister also feature on several songs.

The 12-track album comprises a plethora of different textures, from unaccompanied pieces like Arrane y skeddan (Song of the herring) through to a more unusual soundscape of bowed guitar, prepared piano, shimmering fiddle and eerie double-bass harmonics used in Tree eeasteyryn boghtey (Three poor fishermen).

The album Sheear was officially released on 15 February 2014 and is available here.

Album of the Week, Saturday 8 March 12 noon and 12 midnight and Monday 10 March at 6.00pm.

 



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