Heather Dale | The Road to Santiago

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The Road to Santiago

by Heather Dale

Original world folk with Celtic roots, inspired by legends from around the world. Combines Celtic folk, world, blues, jazz and folk-rock.
Genre: Folk: Contemporary Celtic
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2. The Greyhound
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3. The Road to Santiago
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4. Holly, Ivy & Yew
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5. Hunter
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6. Adrift
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7. Black Fox
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8. Flowers of Bermuda
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9. Up Into the Pear Tree
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10. Medusa
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11. Confession
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Heather Dale cheerfully disregards the stereotypical limits for both folk singer-songwriters and Celtic balladeers. Tapping into the continuing evolution of Celtic peoples worldwide, this Canadian recording artist offers a new type of Celtic music for the 21st century: a playful, passionate blend of tradition and innovation. "Her music is powerful stuff, reminiscent of Loreena McKennitt and Sarah McLachlan but with a depth and resonance rooted in its mythic sources." (Vancouver Sun)

With the release of her fifth CD 'The Road to Santiago', Heather embarked on a three-year odyssey, which saw her playing concerts across North America and Europe: from Budapest to London to San Francisco. Her original songs deliver cunning commentary on honest love, self-image, sexual tensions, civil disobedience and a variety of other topics, with musical influences ranging from Celtic folk to modern blues and world music. Released in 2005 on her own Amphis Music label, 'The Road to Santiago' showcases the vibrancy of Heather Dale's own personal journey.

Heather Dale tours full-time (100+ concerts per year) across North America and Europe. Recordings by Heather Dale include: The Gabriel Hounds (2008), The Hidden Path: Live & Rarities (2006), The Road to Santiago (2005), May Queen (2003), This Endris Night (2002), Call The Names (2001), and The Trial of Lancelot (2000).


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Rikki

A cd that will stay in my collection for a long time.
I came looking for music by Heather Dale based on a review by Marc Gunn. The Road to Santiago is filled with songs that have you humming the tunes after hearing them. This cd spends a lot of time in the computer at work.

James Harrod

The Road to Santiago
What beauty! The poetic constructions of these lyrics are some of the finest I have ever heard. Black Fox, Flowers of Bermuda, Medusa, Pear Tree, the Hunter, with its subtle merging of falconry and love imagery, each song is stunning. As one trained in anthropology and comparative religion, I was especially struck by the song Sedna. I am promoting Heather's CDs among all my friends.

Celtic MP3s Music Magazine

one of the best Celtic-influenced CDs of the year
Canadian Heather Dale's fifth release is an excellent find. The Road to Santiago finds her in top form, with confident and often sassy vocals. The album has some fine Celtic textures including good double fiddle on The Greyhound, and just the right amount of guitar on the nearly a capella Holly, Ivy and Yew.

Heather Dale has been compared to Loreena McKennitt and Sarah McLachlan, but her interest in Arthurian legends and Native American imagery gives the music an added dimension that's a joy to discover. The Road To Santiago has its roots set firmly in Gaeldom, but there are many influences at work including a taste of piano blues on Confession, and on Sedna, there's a hint of Australian aboriginal sounds that would fall flat in lesser hands. On this CD it works quite well.

Medusa is one of the best songs on the CD, and probably one with a good deal of commercial potential. Heather Dale puts herself on par with Tori Amos here-no easy feat-but this song rises to its own category. The energy running through Medusa is worth the price of the entire album.

Dale is getting some much-deserved attention. Her tours have extended beyond Canada into the UK and America, and the singer's popularity is growing fast. After hearing The Road To Santiago, it's easy to understand. Her confidence and skill behind the microphone make it easy to forget you're listening to a studio album instead of a live performance. This could be one of the best Celtic-influenced CDs of the year.

tan

The Road to Santiago
I'm so glad to have discovered Heather Dale.The recording is good and her voice inspiring!

Pavlo

Hrytsak
Love this album. At first 'glance', this is straight folk, maybe with a little pop thrown in. But then you start digging the songs, and it's so much more. There's the "straight" or "almost straight" folk (Flowers of Bermuda, Black Fox, Adrift), but then there's an Arthurian song, folk melody, with a *swinging* bass line (!), the "Spanish-tinged" title track. The descriptions are, of course, highly subjective, and anyway it's all just words. Listen to the album, it's good.

S Fox

Celtic-flavoured Goodness
I've been listening to Heather for a long time now and while I think "May Queen" is still my favourite Heather Dale CD, this comes a close second. Over the years her voice and instrumentals have become more and more polished. If you really enjoy Heather's style of music then you should check out her website to see her whole CD catalog. Heather has great Celtic influences and SCA roots... Well done.