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Review: Cady Finlayson - Celtic Purple


Cady Finlayson has brought her spirited Celtic fiddling to 38 states and Ireland, performing at venues including Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. Her music blends traditional Irish tunes with global rhythms and American folk, creating a signature sound that appeals to a variety of audiences. “I love to bring Irish music to people who might not normally hear it,” she says. Celtic Purple is comprised of 19 incredible Celtic tracks. The album opens with pleasant album-titled composition Celtic Purple which, in my opinion, is a great choice for the album opener. Starting with drums and fiddle, it brings vibes of contemporary celtic music. The composition is followed by Beltaine - calm tune with pleasant melody played on fiddle. Slane (Be Thou My Vision)/Nettleton (Come Thou Font of Every Blessing), as well as The Earl of Dalhousie's Happy Return to Scotland, Jock O'Hazeldean, McPherson's Lament, Calum's Road, Coleman's March, Cumbernauld and Barrowburn, - are beautiful tracks with acoustic guitar accompaniment: these songs literally makes us feel the whole mood of the album. Slane (Be Thou My Vision)/Nettleton (Come Thou Font of Every Blessing), Jock O'Hazeldean, Coleman's March and McPherson's Lament are the relaxing ones, while the rest is more upbeat and happy. The mix of acoustic guitar and fiddle is my favorite type of celtic music. The 6th song on the record, Farewell to Erin, impressed me with the percussion: upbeat but minimalistic arrangement made this track interesting and remarkable. Duke of Fife's Welcome to Deeside, which is one of my favorites from the album, is an easily memorable song: it starts with piano and develops in track with catchy melody and rich arrangement. New Moon March, the 9th song on the record, is the one that will definitely get listeners' attention. Quirky fiddle melody and drum beat make this track an example of modern Celtic track. Five Horned Jig surprises listeners with bells and minimalistic arrangement. Reflective and meaningful track May the Road Rise to Meet you is the track with vocals and is the one that help you to dive deep in thoughts after a hard day.


To sum up, everything in Celtic Purple comes together in a stream of consciousness style. These 19 tracks will definitely transfer you into another dimension of inspirational Celtic music. https://cadyfinlayson.bandcamp.com/album/celtic-purple-2

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