'CELTISH DEVOTION' is the title of our new album, released in Summer 2019.
Vocal performances of ten timeless Celtic hymns, prayers and brand new original songs are set to some of the most beautiful Celtic melodies and given the full 'Celtish' treatment. Including guest musicians, Gareth Davies-Jones, Phil Hart & Dave Bainbridge.
For years the Christian music market, both in Britain and the USA, has had a niche for "Celtic music", ie, music played on whistles, fiddles and sometimes things like uilleann pipes and bodhrans which has a flavour or origin in Irish folk music.
Over the last few years Nigel and Juilie have emerged as world leaders in Celtic gospel and, after fine instrumental and Christmas albums in their 'Celtish' series, they've now released what has to be considered their masterwork.
'Celtish Devotion' is subtitled 'Celtic Songs, Hymns & Prayers' and seldom have I heard an album that so effortlessly leads the listener into a peaceful mood of divine devotion. With exceptional vocal and instrumental talents - Nigel (vocals, whistles, percussion, glockenspiel) and Julie (vocals, fiddle) helped by some masterly musicians - they have created an album of luminous quality. Even when they turn to an over-recorded hymn like "Be Thou My Vision" such is their deft approach that the listener is instantly enveloped in that majestic melody and stirring lyrics.
Throughout it's the lyrics which prove to be the Camerons' forte. Taking some of the most haunting melodies in folk music like "She Moves Through The Fair", "Danny Boy" and "Scarborough Fair" and putting to them new words works wonderfully. Particularly powerful is an arrangement of the exquisite love poetry of "Song Of Songs" ("My lover said to me: 'The one I desire/You will soon be consumed by my furious fire") with a wistful lead vocal by Julie, making a classic recording. Equally heart-stopping is Nigel's stirring lead on the 19th century hymn "O Father, All Creating" and what he does with the words of a sixth century church father to create "St Brendan's Prayer".
Few albums have affected me as deeply in recent times as 'Celtish Devotion' and I would recommend this collection even if you've yet to discover the undeniable spirituality to be found in the best Celtic-orientated music.
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As individual artists, Nigel Cameron & Julie Hall, we have both had long established experience in performing and recording Celtic music. Ever since we first met each other, we have been playing and performing Celtic music together. Now working as a married couple, the sound we make together has been recorded on two 'Celtish' albums with high production values.
Under the name 'Celtish' we seek to use the uniqueness and popularity of Celtic music to bring joy, peace and blessing to as wide an audience as possible and to help build bridges between Church & community at home and especially abroad. We hope to dispel some of the myths about the ancient Celts, and also share personal stories of our Christian faith.
Whist 'Celtish' was the name of our first album, it also serves as the band name when we perform Celtic folk music at home or abroad, often with guest musicians to supplement our sound.
The music ministry of
Nigel Cameron & Julie Cameron-Hall
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