James Wallace | A Red, Red Rose

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Folk: Celtic Pop Folk: Scottish Traditional Moods: Mood: Dreamy
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A Red, Red Rose

by James Wallace

Heavenly melodies and Fresh, inspirational settings of Poems and Sacred songs.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Pop
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1. A Red, Red Rose
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2. Bound for Iona
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3. Echoes
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4. Oh, Danny Boy
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5. Prelude & Dance of the Hawthorn
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6. Kye Come Hame
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7. Love In the Garden
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8. Stories in Stone
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9. Solace
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10. The White Swan
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11. The Old Man's Records
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12. St. Patrick's Prayer
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The music seems familiar yet maintains the spark of originality. It feels like a soundtrack lullaby, with interesting sonic dots and dashes that keep the ears tweaked, but in a peaceful, calming fashion. Wallace, an American- and one-time resident of Edinburgh- and Keldie, a Canadian, with roots in Scotland, bring these traditions alive in a new setting that bridges from the ‘Public House’- or “Pub” as we know it today- to a modern, coffeehouse style for lovers of words, and soothing music.

Wallace’s version of, “Oh, Danny Boy” is a bestseller at iTunes, and was a listeners’ pick for the Biohazard soundtrack. Noteworthy songs that float airily- with hypnotic rhythms- include: the title track, “A Red, Red Rose,” the haunting, “Bound for Iona,” and “Love In the Garden” (on a pear-wood flute from 1832). Thomas Moore’s poem, “Echoes” is a lively reinvention, and the words of “St. Patrick’s Prayer” are featured in a fresh combination of sounds with toy piano, finger cymbals, tin whistles, a banjo, and vocal hums.

The album has a present-day appeal, clearly of the new world, yet with flavors and hints of traditional melodies and instruments. The performances are first-rate, the music soothing and layered, and Wallace’s vocals and treatment of the lyrics and poems, is ethereal and transporting. Denis Keldie, a keyboardist with hits from the 80’s with the band, The Extras, contributes wonderful layered keyboards and accordion. One new song from the sessions is a storyteller’s standout, “The Old Man’s Records,” helping reveal the idea of roots cherished and family ties held close.

This music is perfect for dramatic settings, scenes requiring a light reference to the old whilst retaining a contemporary sensibility (games/sci-fi/drama). With its natural and unaffected charm, this is a fresh "new world" take on some old favorites with some new characters along the way…


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Steve Sharkey

Very impressed by the standard of the material
Recently my mother in law passed away and before she went she requested a song version of Robbie Burns poem "My love is like a red red rose". After searching on the Internet we came across this CD and took a chance on ordering it. We were so glad we did. James Wallace sings the poem to perfection with just the right amount of feeling. We played it at my mother in laws funeral and everyone commented on how fitting a rendition the version was. Thank you James Wallace.

Patricia Wallace

A journey to the past.
I found the music very soothing and calming. It goes in deep and makes you feel connected to another place.