Lily Neill | Without Words

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Without Words

by Lily Neill

A blend of traditional jigs and reels and evocative Irish airs juxtaposed with original tunes that range from the classically inspired to rock, all played on harp with additional instruments such as koto, electric bass and drum.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. The Golden Eagle
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2. The Sunflower
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3. The Little Purple Plum Tree
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4. A Year's Turning
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5. General Munroe's
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6. Ladie Laudian's
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7. Tantivy
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8. Tantivy
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9. Coinnleach Glas an Fhomhair
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10. Father Newman's
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11. Neach Neamhshaolta
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12. The Dancing Royal
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13. Mna na hEireann
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Album Notes
"Without Words" is a fresh interpretation of the harp, featuring Irish and Scottish Traditional music and modern compositions along with Neill's own original music. Lily’s use of instruments as diverse as the Japanese Koto and Jushichigen, Electric Bass and Guitar, the Irish Bodhrán and others have contributed to the uniqueness of “Without Words.” The album has received acclaim from Europe to America, with Gert-Ove Fridlund, of Sweden's "Hallandsposten," giving it a 4 out of 5 and calling it "[...] a thrilling musical journey" and the Irish Edition's Jamie O'Brien writing, "This is harp in its fullest, harp at its best." Paddy Moloney, of The Chieftains, said, "I got a copy and was just amazed [...] I knew she had tremendous promise."

Neill is influenced by an enormous variety of styles, from Rock to Classical to the Eastern music traditions. She immersed herself in the Irish tradition at a young age, developing a style from session playing and utilizing the techniques particular to instruments other than her own. Her interpretations are inspired by her experiences working with artists from many different genres and backgrounds. From this has emerged a style of playing that is a reflection of her many influences and which continues to evolve. She has performed for everyone from presidents, ambassadors, and luminaries in the world of music to young music students and listeners who never dreamed they’d ever see a harp - let alone hear one create a magnificently vivid soundscape!

" invigorating debut which hints at both an active imagination coupled with a rock steady compositional hand - worth investigating." - John O'Regan, Irish Music Magazine

"A shared universal sonic gene comes through her fingers as if the music inside her is truly ancestral." - Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, November 2006

"A lot of this album is straight ahead traditional, and it is beautifully played. There are also points where she almost re-invents the harp and what it can do [...] If you really love harp - and there are millions who do, this would be a must-have addition. This woman can play!" Rating: Four Harps. - Bill Margeson,

"[...] this music goes far beyond simply artistry of execution and aesthetics, for it reaches out and entices you into Lily Neill's world [...] I will say with confidence hearing this CD that the possibilities are endless with Lily Neill. Beyond that words fail." - Art Ketchen, for Celtic Beat


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John Winters

Wonderful insttumental sounds
I had heard in person Lily's music. The CD was very faithful to that sound and demonstrated the pleasure available from simple clear imaginative use of two or three instruments.

Rev. Frances E. Ranton

Breathtaking, a soul soother.
The music is unlike any other. It soothes the soul and brings peace and comfort. I can't wait for Lily's next CD!
Bless you Lily!

RJ Schultz

Anyone who buys this will become a promoter of her talent.
This CD has a beautiful assortment of music, some meditative and some upbeat, performed by an amazing talent. The sound quality is breathtaking. I am ordering several more copies for friends.

Gail Andrews

Heard this on NPR and fell in love immediately with Lily Neil's sound
This CD is the perfect antidote to stress....I have it in my car and have also loaded it on my computer to decompress and just relax and enjoy. The blend of instruments is beautiful and I have no other CD like it. Thanks Lily!!!!!

Dan C.

Great cd - you have to buy it!
I have seen you perform live in the U.S. and heard you on radio last night out of Chicago. AWESOME!!!!!!!
When is the next CD coming out!?

John Gregory

Peaceful, beautiful, inspirational, unlike anything I know
I saw the review that the reverand left. He is right on the mark. This reminds me of a delicate music box when I was young. The young lady has her arrangements just about to perfection. I saw a review on and they said as much. This is a stand alone, play all the way through cd. She does not over power the other instruments but compliments them. The title says it all, she sings without words. I too look forward to more from this talented person.