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Posted Sunday, June 5, 2005
The Ragged Band + Triantán + Helen Rowe
Saturday 18th June 2005, 8pm - $15/$12
LAST NIGHT AT ROZELLE! Watch this space for details of our sensational opening night at our new venue on 16 July.
The concert on the 18th of June will be the Sydney launch of a new CD from The Ragged Band.
Their manifest is always to include a range of songs from different Celtic cultures but this particular CD - Cousin Jack and other Celtic Stories - leans more heavily to the Cornish culture. It was released especially for the Kernewek Lowender - the biggest Cornish festival in the world held in Little Cornwall in South Australia for a week in May.
People at the Celtic Stones festival at Glen Innes in May were privileged to have a preview of the songs - Scottish, Welsh, Australian, Irish and 8 Cornish songs from mining to Merlin - three sung in the original language - and three Cornish dance tunes.
There is a mix of trad and contemporary - and notable tracks include Cousin Jack (Steve Knightley), Mingulay Boat Song (not as trad as you might think), the Padstow May Day song and Trelawney (in Cornish).
The band has produced two earlier CD's, 'Up the Sides and Down the Middle' and 'Distant Shores'
The line up on the new album is Carrl Myriad (lead vocals, guitar), Jim Coyle (whistles and harmony vocals), Alec Cronin (fiddle, harp and harmony vocals), Chris Lofven (bass and vocals). They play for dances as well as being a concert band.
Also on the program is Triantán - the vocal trio, Judy Pinder, Miguel Heatwole and Anthony Woolcott, who do mostly traditional Celtic songs some in Gaelic, with strong voices, harmonies and rhythm, and nicely judged bodhrán accompaniment. They are assured performers, well in control of their material and style, and with an easy manner that relaxes the audience.
"Triantán are a wake-up call for anyone who thinks Celtic music is misty stuff sung by over-dubbed females who look and sound as though shamrock is a narcotic. Triantán's robust material ranges from fun slip-jigs and tragic love to warrior-stuff that would make a Haka quail." (With thanks to Chris Clarke from Canberra.)
We also present Helen Rowe a honey-voiced singer from Brisbane - with sensitive interpretations of traditional and contemporary songs.
Tickets and reservations: Margaret - 9698 2206