Aine Minogue Release Date: January 2008 Format: CD 51 Minutes Publisher: Sounds True ISBN: 0600835123129 ISBN-10: 1591798035
Few events change one's life as deeply as a sacred pilgrimage, a journey that recharges the spirit, returns us to wholeness of mind and body, and brings clarity to our relationship with the divine. On Celtic Pilgrimage, Irish harpist Aine Minogue uses instrumental music and rich lyrical poetry to capture the full emotional spectrum of a pilgrimage. From the initial fears of unknown territory and the longing for home to the new perspective and the rediscovery of joy we gain when the journey is complete, these 11 moving selections lead us on an adventure in sound to remind us of the sacred road we all travel.
With Eugene Friesen on cello; Steve Gorn on Bansuri flutes; Scott Petito on keyboards, bass, and guitar; percussion by Chris Carey; and overtone singing by Baird Hersey.
1. The Gathering
3. Across Distances
5. Solo (Theme from Rael's "
6. Be Still
9. New Light
11. Blessing (Reprise)
About the Artist As traditional Irish music and dance continue to enjoy phenomenal success both here and in Ireland, Aine Minogue is an artist who has long explored its themes and who captures its very essence. Her voice reflects the lyricism and richness to be found in Irish music, mythology and poetry with a voice undeniably her own and a diverse group of instruments that add to the traditional flavor of her work.
Born in Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Aine's large musical family encouraged her to pursue a number of different instruments during her youth (which explains her obvious skill at arranging). They played together as a family and attended fleadhs (traditional music festivals). But it was at the age of twelve while at boarding school in County Galway that Aine discovered her true love - the harp - which she decided to pursue in lieu of the others. After completing school she spent three years developing her talent as a harpist at Bunratty Castle, County Clare, then moved to the United States, settling in New England.
Aine's harp has entertained Presidents and Prime Ministers. She is a regular performer at folk festivals and concerts throughout the world. Her recordings include The Mysts of Time, Between the Worlds, Circle of the Sun, Celtic Meditation Music, Celtic Lamentations, Celtic Pilgrimage (2008) and most recently a collaboration with filmmaker Michael Yip entitled Winter, A Meditation (DVD, 2009)