Harvest Home

by Castlebay

Released 2007
Released 2007
Beautiful music for Thanksgiving - a cornucopia of melodies from the American Celtic folk tradition arranged for Celtic harp, fiddle, viola, cello, flute & guitar.
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Harvest Home
A cornucopia of melodies from the American Celtic folk tradition arranged for Celtic harp, woodwinds, fiddle, viola, cello and guitar. Handcrafted wooden instruments recall the elegance and charm of a bygone era.

Thanksgiving- a time for convivial gatherings of friends and family from near and far; celebrations in gratitude for loved ones, bountiful harvests, and good health. These musical selections reflect loving relationships, journeys made over bonnie hill and dale, the warmth of house and hearth, and the simple gifts of good food and drink. The music ranges from that which would have been heard by the first colonists in New England to melodies inspired by people and places in our own lives. It is our hope that it will provide a peaceful and joyous accompaniment to your harvest holidays.

All the best- Julia & Fred

Throughout history, musicians have been engaged to provide music that enhances and enlivens the surroundings. CASTLEBAY features sensitive, spirited arrangements of music that was popular in the fine country estates of the 17th & 18th century British Isles as well as original compositions. As background music for all types of events, the Celtic harp solo or with viola and /or woodwinds creates a relaxing scene. Like the scent of a bouquet of flowers fresh from a country garden, or the pleasant undertone of a brook or fountain, the music wafts among the guests easing tension and providing a romantic, Old World ambiance.

Some reviews...
“This is music of shimmering beauty that stirs the heart gently but passionately. It is an absolute delight” Spotlight Magazine

“fine and exceptionally pleasing” US Scots Magazine

“delicate yet breathtaking beauty” Face Magazine

"Enchanting, mellow and dynamic" Portsmouth Herald

“An exquisite recording. It was just what I needed to lift me away from myself; it is a healing tape.” NH

“...phenomenal and wonderful ..an alchemy of sounds...This one upon first playing gained first place in my collection. Great stuff!” NY

“This is the third attempt to find the right words to describe the deep mystical feelings your priceless CD has brought to me... (it) transports me to a new realm. Truly hauntingly beautiful music. “ ME

“You can't imagine how I am touched by the music....Every song is so right, so beautiful. “ MA

“I can’t tell you how much we’ve enjoyed your CD. In fact, we can’t stop playing it ever since it got here!” PA

“I’ve just returned from a visit to Ireland where I enjoyed quite a variety of Celtic music, but nothing as hauntingly beautiful as Julia’s music. I am simply delighted by the CDs.” ME

“Thanks so much for the CD of your lovely Christmas harp - it has started the season for us. Not only do I love it, so do my kids, so does my neighbor, and so even does my husband, every musician's harshest critic (except perhaps Bruce Springsteen's - he'll forgive him anything)” NH

“December 7th marks 4 years since my broken knee (not to mention heart) and the amazing healing that I experienced through the love I heard in Julia's music......I know that her harp is merely an instrument that resounds with the beauty and sensitivity of one deeply connected to divine grace and love. My heart rejoices as I listen! “ NJ

“Of my 2000 CDs, I play yours the most” Saudi Arabia

“Yours is beautiful and elegant music “ Montreal, Canada

“Ms. Lane and Mr. Gosbee, you two are amazing. I mean it. You guys are seriously amazing together. I think if you keep going as you are, you will manage to touch the heart of the world, like you have mine.” Andrea, Age 14

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

FRED GOSBEE has collected and performed folk music for over thirty years. As a child he heard his older relatives singing the old woodsmen's songs and playing fiddle and accordian. He dabbled in the viola (because his arms were long enough), and during high school he had training in standard band instruments and choir. Inspired by the folk music he heard in a college folklore class at the University of Maine with Dr. Sandy Ives, Fred took up the banjo and guitar. His interest in woodworking led him to begin designing and building guitars and a lute.
Throughout his career he has played with with a wide variety of performance groups including orchestras, marching bands and folk ensembles. As a vocalist, he has sung with madrigal groups, oratorio, musical theater, Gilbert and Sullivan and barbershop groups. Combining his theatrical experience with his knowledge of folk music, he arranged, composed, and performed incidental music for a production of A Spoon River Anthology. The resulting sound tapestry included 56 pieces of music with songs, instrumentals and new works for voices, guitars, banjo and fiddle performed live for each show. Fred has continued to write original songs in the traditional style. His works have since been recorded by other artists and have garnered him invitations to international music festivals. He currently sings and plays classic and 12-string guitar, viola, fiddle, and woodwinds. When he is not touring, Fred Gosbee engineers and produces recordings and designs and builds Celtic harps.

JULIA LANE has loved, sung, researched and created folk music since childhood. As an adolescent, she studied music theory and took guitar lessons from a lutenist specializing in Elizabethan songs as well as flamenco. She became active in madrigal and Renaissance music groups as well as playing as a soloist and providing music for a children’s theater group. After graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1974, her interest in English and Scottish folk music and lore, inspired by the literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien, led her to study in Oxford, England. She now writes music reminiscent of her Celtic ancestors and inspired by the natural world. She is currently writing a musical commemoration of the Scots-Irish survivors an 18th century shipwreck which occurred in northern Maine.
Julia Lane is a self-taught player of the "clarsach" or Celtic folk harp which she began playing in 1989. Her unique style has won three international competitions. Judge/ harpists Kim Robertson and Dennis Doyle praised her “innovative arrangements and energetic performance” and declared “she really captured the spirit of the music”. Julia Lane is also an exceptional vocalist, “one the Maine coast’s foremost voices”, whose voice has been called “lovely, vibrant”, “reminiscent of Jean Redpath”, and compared favorably with Loreena McKennitt and Judy Collins.
In addition to her own recordings, Julia has appeared as a guest artist on recordings on both sides if the Atlantic. The three videos for which she has composed and recorded soundtracks have won National Awards for Cable Excellence.

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Concerts in Brief

  • May 30
    Lincoln Academy,  Newcastle
     
  • Jun 10
    Sail, Power & Steam Museum,  Rockland
     
  • Jun 19
    Mt St Joseph University,  Round Pond
     
  • Jun 24
    Fort Halifax Park,  Winslow
     
  • Jun 25
    TBD in Bremen,  Bremen