Oona McOuat | Honey and Holy Water

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Honey and Holy Water

by Oona McOuat

Like Loreena McKennitt eating chocolate cream pie… Soothing, grooving, Eco Celt. Organic and emotive, pure and wise, African overtones enfold a golden voice and the Celtic harp rises to a new dimension.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Fusion
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1. Mystery
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2. Africa
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3. Crystal Maiden of the Lake
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4. Ancient Mother
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5. Drowsy Maggie
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6. Green Mountain
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7. Woodstock
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8. This is a Prayer
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9. Honey and Holy Water
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10. The Wild Ones
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11. Where the Emptiness is Full
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Sweet and soulful, Honey and Holy Water flows with urgency and wonder. It's been 40 years since Woodstock. (The only cover tune on the album.) The honey bees are disappearing. The oceans are in peril. Will we make it back to the garden before the jig is up?

In August of 1969, nearly half a million blissed-out music lovers converged upon a muddy farmer’s field in the name of peace and drugs and love and a 25 year old Canadian watched it on TV, crying, and then her fingers ran like water across the keys of her piano as she wrote a love song for humanity, a golden anthem for an era.

Fast forward to an age of tarnished idealism and ecological crisis and the need to get “back to the garden” is more pressing than ever, which is why singer songwriter Oona McOuat covered Joni Mitchell’s Woodstock on her new release.

Same nationality, same pure voice, same golden hair, but on this upbeat version of the song, the piano is replaced by a Celtic harp and Oona is joined by rootsy Zimbabwean singer James Mujuru, affirming the cross cultural stream that irrigates the shrinking Eden we now share.

Produced and engineered on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia by Daryl Chonka and mastered at Randy Bachman's The Barn, the CD features stellar performances by wild cellist Corbin Keep, wise cellist Jami Sieber, woodwinds whiz Richard Lee, homegrown percussionist Chris Bertin, fiddlers Zav Rokeby-Thomas and Michael Fox and singers James Mujuru and Desmond Sutherland, with Chonka adding bass, guitar, piano, didg and beats. Some of the tracks were recorded in Hawaii and Brazil adding to the cross-cultural flow of this project.

From the fun and funky re-creation of the trad tune Drowsy Maggie to The Wild Ones’ heartfelt plea for preservation, through the broken-open love song, Where the Emptiness is Full, this album navigates mystery and loss with purity and grace while encouraging us to cherish what might yet be saved.


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Kehana

Honey and Holy Water
Oona's voice draws the listener in and the outside world falls away as you enter a place of peace and possibility. A well-produced unique mix of celtic harp, cello, woodwinds and percussion. A must have album - my current favorite!

Michael McKinley

Harp & Bell Media
Sublime. If this can't make you be glad to be alive, well... listen to it again.

jacqueline

Honey and Holy Water
Oona McOuat is an unsung female lark whose music/moods/song transport the listener to the heights and depths of their submerged feelings while simultaneously allowing, in this case this listener, one to joyfully escape from oneself as her melodies and messages burn brightness into the brain. How does one accomplish this somewhat serious sounding artistic-musical achievement? With honey and holy water and McOuat Magic. Period.

MoonStar Sawma

Honey and Holy Water
Let her carry you into the garden of mythical dreams of love lost and found.

Patrick Smith, Artistic Director, Ptarmigan Music & Theatre Soci

Oona McOuat, Honey and Holy Water a real gem
treat yourself to Honey and Holy Water- beautiful voices, lovely songs, inspired instrumentalists, luscious textures. All of these sounds combined in spiritual homage to the earth. Makes me glad to be a Gulf Islander to know there are people like Oona McOuat and her musical friends living here!"

- Patrick Smith, Artistic Director, Ptarmigan Music & Theatre Society

Gina Varty

Honey and Holy Water
From the depths of Holy Water, comes something profound.
Emerse yourself in the music.