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The Twilight Realm

by Áine Minogue

On The Twilight Realm renowned Irish harpist Áine Minogue takes listeners on a musical journey to that land – the Celtic Otherworld.
Genre: New Age: Celtic New Age
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1. King of the Faeries Aine Minogue
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2. Spirits of the World Aine Minogue
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3. The Mermaid Aine Minogue
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4. Carolan's Welcome Aine Minogue
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5. Deandai, Deandai Aine Minogue
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6. Gloine an Beoir Aine Minogue
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7. The Selkie Aine Minogue
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8. An Fainne Or Aine Minogue
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9. Aisling Aine Minogue
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10. Sisceal Aine Minogue
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11. Rince na Sidhoga Aine Minogue
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12. Enchanted Valley Aine Minogue
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13. King of the Faeries (Reprise) Aine Minogue
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Album Notes
"This Irish harpist combines a hypnotic Celtic spirituality and contemporary sophistication in her playing and delicately lovely singing." BOSTON GLOBE

Irish harpist and vocalist Aine Minogue's (On-ya Mi-nohg) latest album is a journey through the otherworld of Celtic mythology. Along the way, expect to meet the ancient mythic characters of the Celtic countries. Tracks include "The Mermaid," (Gaelic song), "the Silkie," "The Enchanted Valley" and "King of the Faeries." There are eight instrumental and four vocal tracks, three of which are sung in Gaelic. The harp and/or vocals are the featured instruments with additional tracks provided by clarinet, strings, Irish whistle and violin.

An Irish native, Áine Minogue has several CD's to her credit on both indie and major labels. She has appeared on numerous compilations of World, Celtic and even classical music in the company of some of the world's finest musicians.

The Twilight Realms marks her first solo release in five years. During that time - you're more likely to have heard her on a TV soundtrack or on one of her production company releases. (www.minogue.com/druidstone) During that time, she also managed to pick up a New England Emmy ® nomination as Best Producer for her TV special "A Winter's Journey."

Minogue also completed an MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance at the University of Limerick in 2002.

"Áine Minogue proves beyond reasonable doubt why the harp is indeed the instrument of angels." LA TIMES

"Minogue's ethereal voice caresses her Gaelic lyrics like a breeze through Irish mists....Aine Minogue is close enough to her Celtic sources to be nourished by them, but not so close that they root her to the spot." BILLBOARD MAGAZINE

For more information on Áine Minogue - you can visit the web site at www.minogue.com.


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Scott Alarik reviews Aine Minogue's new CD The Twilight Realm
A harpist's trip to the other side
By Scott Alarik, Globe Correspondent, 12/18/2003

One reason this season has a powerful effect on many of us is that it is a time to reconnect with what the ancient Celts called the "otherworld." Irish harpist-singer Aine Minogue has spent her life studying the beliefs from which so much traditional music sprang, how they were used by people in those times, and what use they have to us in our modern lives. Her 1995 CD, "To Warm the Winter's Night" (Evergreen), has become a holiday staple to thousands of folk fans precisely because it makes the ancient moods of midwinter real to us today. Now she has created an equally entrancing CD, "The Twilight Realm," calculated to let us feel that enchanted way any time of year. In studying myths of the otherworld, the domain of the supernatural, she saw that however different they might be, how people used them was strikingly similar.

"The way people used things like fairies and mermaids and selkies was to aid them with symbolic thinking in ways that helped them with their everyday life," she said from her Arlington home. "They told stories about people placed in impossible situations they couldn't balance through the religion or psychologies of the day, which gave them a symbolic way to grapple with life. The stories gave them the ability to get out of their own heads and realities, and to see their lives represented in different ways."

There is something magical about the old melodies created to transport us to the otherworld. They remain the foundation of our Christmas music, a major reason it has such an ability to put us in that meditative place where myth and memory mingle, where pictures of our childhood dance easily with images of sugarplum fairies and fat, jolly elves slipping down chimneys.

Minogue's CD is set in twilight, she said, because that was the time Celts believed the veil between the real world and the otherworld was the thinnest. "I was trying to convey a certain otherworldly feeling," she said, "and picked music I thought would create that. But I avoided things that seemed too heavy, too dark, or too seasonal."

Beyond its dreamlike loveliness, what is remarkable about "The Twilight Realm" is that it is not seasonal at all. Joined by an ambient ensemble that includes Solas founders Seamus Egan and Winifred Horan, Minogue evokes that reflective, otherworldly mood that Christmas music does, but this CD can be played at any time of year.

"The whole recording was meant to be very circular so you would escape into it and then come home to yourself," Minogue said. "I wanted to take music that explored the otherworld and put it together in a way that felt like a journey. It's good just to get out of our own heads for a short time, go somewhere else so we can come back and be in the world a little easier."

mary warde

fantastic moving and enjoying to listen to
the music just invigorates you makes you feel in a different world you feel like listening to the cd over and over again and not get sick of it FANTASTIC keep the good work up Aine a well worth while cd bought!!!!

Lonny K Johnson

This is absolutely one of the most beautiful Celtic albums I have ever heard. It will take you somewhere entirely away from your life to a place where beauty reigns over all.


The Twilight Realm
An excellent variety of tracks...especially 'The Selkie' which I have searched for for almost 40 years.