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Legend of Inishcahey
(Inis Cathaigh, Gaelic for Island of the Serpent)

There is mystery where the land meets the sea and adventure beckons. Seekers throughout the ages have set off to find the magic in solitude and sea passages, establishing beacons of light to shine and dance into the world's darkness.

Magical Strings' 10th album returns to Celtic roots with a mystic sea voyage featuring the family quartet on harp, dulcimer, violin, 'cello and whistles. Capturing the intimacy of live studio performances, this journey begins with island dances on solo harp and valiha, then visits ancient Ireland with a dramatic suite about St. Senan's battle with darkness on Inishcahey. Pam's "Sail Far Away" is a haunting quest on concertina and strings, while Brittany's fiddle soars over Brenin's punchy bass lines on an Irish reel. In "Adrift" Philip and Eugene Friesen set off on uncharted waters with a stunning improvisation on harp and 'cello. Originally conceived in Ireland, this exciting new album of eight soul-stirring originals and five lively traditionals will kindle a fire of warmth for your Yuletide season.

"If you want an exciting cross-pollination of Irish/World sounds delivered with freshness, style and panache, look no further. Legend of Inishcahey is musical manna from heaven." -John O'Regan, Folk Roots Magazine

"Consistency and lyrical passion have marked their work from day one and this takes it up a notch. Musicianship, composing, arranging and passionate execution are at the very highest level here. Major release in the instrumental music field with strong Celtic ties. Highly recommended." - Chris Lunn, Victory Music Review

"I was profoundly moved by 'Legend of Inishcahey'...This CD has become my treasure." - Kiyoshi Funatsu, Japan's premier acoustic music distributor

"...You certainly did Inis Cathaigh proud. We reckon that St. Senan himself would be proud." - Declan Kelleher, Fergus View, Co. Clare, Ireland

"I am by now accustomed to your own combination of sensitivity and virtuosity, but the musicianship of Brittany and Brenin is really remarkable...rare sensitivity and emotional depth. I am dazzled by your always surprising, always deeply moving union of traditions, instruments, and styles...And I am wholly drawn into the sweeping grace of the breathtaking harp air -- the evocation of an Irish sunset that closes 'Legend of Inishcahey'." - Caleb Crowell

Sound clips in Real Audio (RA) and MPEG-3 (mp3):

Stroll with Me   RA
Vali Carol   RA   mp3
Legend of Inishcahey   RA   mp3 (1)   mp3 (2)
Out of the Darkness   RA
House on the Hill   RA   mp3
Hardiman the Fiddler   RA
The Green Island   RA
Sail Far Away   RA
Miss Hamilton   RA
Adrift   RA
Oud Night   RA
Humours of Ballyconnell   RA
At the End of the Day   RA

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