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Released on September 09, 2003

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Gach Là agus Oidhche: Music of Carmina Gadelica
by Jared White

Exquisitely beautiful Gaelic songs and dance tunes performed by world-class artists Distant Oaks, featuring Gaelic vocals, guitar, citole, cittern, dulcimer, recorders, whistles, smallpipes, Border pipes, uilleann pipes, Celtic harp, fiddle & more. Gach Là gauss Oidhche: Music of Carmina Gadelica is the culmination of five years of research, reflection, and musical exploration, giving new voice to one of the brightest gems in Scottish Gaelic literature, Carmina Gadelica. The result is a provocative, multi-faceted collection of traditional and newly composed vocal and instrumental music—including work songs, blessings, chants, praise poems, strathspeys, reels, jigs, and slow airs.

Distant Oaks was an award-winning ensemble specializing in dynamic, historically informed performances of traditional Gaelic and early European music. Rich, expressive singing in a variety of languages, combined with virtuosic, skillfully arranged ensemble playing on a broad array of period and traditional instruments, defined Distant Oaks' musical style. Their warm, intimate performances appealed to both the intellect and the emotions and proved to delight a diverse range of listeners.

In addition to their strong dedication to Gaelic music, language, and culture, as well as authentic traditional and Early Music performance practices, Distant Oaks was also actively engaged in composing new music in older styles. In the spirit of fine music-making and respect for tradition, Distant Oaks brought a brilliant panoply of music to their audiences.

Distant Oaks had the pleasure of performing and recording with such fine traditional musicians as Jerry O'Sullivan, Liz Carroll, Patrick Ball, Shay Black, and Paul Kotapish (Open House), as well as such Early Music luminaries as David Douglass (The King's Noyse, The Newberry Consort), Julie Jeffrey (Sex Chordae of Viols), Cheryl Ann Fulton (Ensemble Alcatraz), Shira Kammen (Ensemble Alcatraz, Fortune's Wheel), and Peter Maund (Ensemble Alcatraz, Skyedance).

Distant Oaks' line-up was comprised of the late Deborah L. White (founder, director, as well as vocals, guitar, citole, cittern), Jared C. White (recorders, bagpipes, whistles), Shayne T. White (harp, stepdancing), Julie Jeffrey (viola ad gamba), and guest musician David Douglass (Baroque violin). The group dissolved in 2006 following Mrs. White's untimely death from cancer.

"I could go on mentioning my favourites until I had mentioned every item on the CD! What I really want to say is I was completely enchanted by the latest creation of this very talented group who, on this occasion, were accompanied by some of the finest musicians in this field. 'A rare treat' as we say in Scotland." -Colin Mark, Author of "The Gaelic-English Dictionary" and "Gaelic Verbs"

"It's here, and it's glorious! The booklet alone is worth the price. Ceud mìle taing! (A hundred thousand thanks!)" -Diane de Avalle-Arce

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