Album Review: Songbook 1 by Cecile Corbel

Album Name: Songbook 1
Artist: Cecile Corbel
Year/Label: 2007 / Keltia /Breton Music

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Cecile Corbel is a young harpist keen on modernizing folk music and on her new album she succeeds. Her versions of Breton and Irish tunes are vibrantly alive and fresh.

Her own “Le vent m’emporte” sees her use her instrument beautifully and sing like a siren.

Many have sung “She Moved Through The Fair” but Corbel’s version has a fresh charm to it and a string arrangement that feels novel.

The pretty “Blackbird” sees her vocals sound like Loreenna McKennitt.

A lovely “Red Rose” based on Robert Burns poem is another highlight.

Corbel is a real find.

Posted on July 20, 2007

Track Listing
1. Suil A Ruin
2. Le Vent M’Emporte
3. Stor Mo Chroi
4. She Moved Through The Fair
5. Auchindoun
6. Blackbird
7. C’Hoant Dimein
8. Bemnoz
9. Three Ravens
10. Dellum Down
11. Red Rose
12. Valse Des Ondines (2006 Version)

[Cecile Corbel Official Site]

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