Song of Irish Whistle

October 2, 2016 - Comment

The music is sometimes mournful, sometimes joyful, sometimes thoughtful and sometimes prayerful.Eileen Ivers is one of the guest musicians on this, the solo album from the tin whistle virtuoso of the all-female Irish American folk band Cherish the Ladies. Like Ivers, Madden is a Senior All-Ireland champion on her instrument and has modernized traditional tunes

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The music is sometimes mournful, sometimes joyful, sometimes thoughtful and sometimes prayerful.Eileen Ivers is one of the guest musicians on this, the solo album from the tin whistle virtuoso of the all-female Irish American folk band Cherish the Ladies. Like Ivers, Madden is a Senior All-Ireland champion on her instrument and has modernized traditional tunes by adding synthesizers (courtesy of producer and new-age star Brian Keane) and electric bass. On this all-instrumental album, Madden doesn’t pursue Ivers’ improvisational flights but rather an atmospheric lushness of sound. At times, the recording threatens to lapse into mood music, but the sturdiness of the traditional tunes and the piercing purity of Madden’s tone prevent that. Instead the pop touches merely provide an inviting setting for the lyrical whistle lines. –Geoffrey Himes

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piperglenn says:

Breathtaking and Beautiful! I came across this CD by accident while Christmas shopping last year in December. The store I walked into had it playing as background music. As I made my way around the store, I kept commenting to my sister-in-law about the beautiful music that was playing. I stopped at the check out counter and asked if I could purchase a tape or CD of the music we were listening to. They said, “Yes.” And, so I bought a small treasure of a music CD.I love music and listen to all kinds…

Anonymous says:

What A Great Recording! I was in the “International” section of a record store and this CD was in the front of one the rows. I play the flute and pennywhistle so naturally, I was curious. I took a chance, bought it and was incredibly impressed. Now, don’t get me wrong, just because I play these instruments doesn’t mean that I absolutely adore any kind of Celtic music. But, let me tell you, I’m not lying when I say that Joanie Madden’s version of the beautiful tune “Down By The Sally Gardens”…

Anonymous says:

Beautiful! This is one of my favorite albums ever. If you like the Irish Whistle then you will love this. I was in a rut in my life and I couldn’t find any music to really move me until one day when I accidentally stumbled upon Joanie Madden. This music is so touching and beautiful. My favorite tracks are #5 (very upbeat and catchy) and #3 (it really makes you wanna dance). I highly recommend this album if you like Irish/Celtic music. This album even inspired me to start playing the Irish…

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