Lowena is the third CD from Navan, and the long-awaited first for the group as a trio. This CD brings all new material to the harmonies and pure vocals that set Navan apart from other groups in the Celtic world.
Brian O'Donovan of WGBH in Boston has this to say about the group and the new album:
How do you describe the music of Navan? Yes, technical terms exist. Exquisite... acappella... harmony singing in all of the Celtic languages. But Navan is a classic case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. There is something about the blend of human voices without the burden or rhythm of instruments in accompaniment that affects us spiritually. This is the sound we popularly think of as that of angels.
In hearing the songs of Navan on this, their third CD, you will be transported to other places, other times. The sound is ancient, elemental. It is a continuum of experience for Celtic peoples through the ages seeking guidance and comfort in lives tied to the land but looking at the moon. The songs are food for the spirit, a warm drink on a cold night in front of a welcome fire; the smile of a stranger; the softness of a baby’s cheek; the sadness of remembrance; and yes, the blended voice of the angels, wherever they may be.