Lullabies of the Celtic Lands
From an ancient Celtic source, lullabies of old for modern-day relaxation
Parents Choice Award 2012 Approved All Ages
"Close Your Eyes is a welcome addition to the lullaby shelf. Harpist and singer Áine Minogue's quiet time songs could soothe away the cares of the day from brows of any age. Lie back and let the album's ethereal vocals and the gentle pluck and strum of Irish harp, cello, oboe and other instruments-played with finesse by sterling musicians-carry you off to dreamland. Ahh..."
Lynne Heffley ©2012 Parents' Choice
Ancient Irish harpers believed that certain melodies could induce powerful states of sleep. They called these melodies 'suantraí' or 'songs of sleep.' On 'Close Your Eyes, Love' Irish harpist and singer Áine Minogue revives this ancient artform to create a modern day assist for relaxation and sleep from these ancient Celtic sources of nourishment.
Minogue’s main instrument is the harp and in the ancient Irish harping tradition, there were three primary genres of music, geantraí, (songs of laughter) goltraí, (songs of sorrow) and suantraí or ‘songs of sleep.’ These lullabies are among the most beautiful in the tradition and were created for people of all ages.
Says Minogue “Faith systems are always fascinating. Today, we believe medicine is the answer to falling asleep. Back then, they truly believed in the power of a melody to put you under. That’s a powerful thing, to have that kind of faith in music.”
The creator of twelve original Celtic music albums specializing in the Celtic life-cycle including Circle of the Sun, Between the Worlds and The Twilight Realm, Áine Minogue "combines a hypnotic Celtic spirituality and contemporary sophistication in her playing and delicately lovely singing" (Boston Globe).
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Áine Minogue…. a breath of fresh Éire, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
…. a balm for our times… BOSTON GLOBE
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… Áine 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