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Sequestered Beauty

by Nancy Davis

The Celtic harp takes you on a journey into the heart of the Celtic soul with selections ranging from haunting to sprightly.
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1. Arran Boat Song
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2. Hector the Hero
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3. Coinleach glas an Fhomhair
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4. The South Wind
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5. Eilean A'Cheo
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6. Inis Siar
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7. Planxty Fanny Power
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8. The Sequestered Beauty
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9. Jack Broke the Prison Door
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10. The Burning of the Piper's Hut
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11. The Wild Geese
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12. Independence Trail
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13. Down by the Salley Gardens
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14. Morfa'r Frenhines
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15. Morag of Dunvegan
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Album Notes
This CD is a compilation of tunes from Ireland, Scotland and Wales, arranged by Nancy Davis and played on solo Celtic harp. All were chosen with the title tune "Sequestered Beauty" in mind. Each has some unanticipated meaning, some element of surprise, whether it is a haunting tune written in honor of a military hero or as a "work" song, one that speaks to the beauty of people and places so isolated as to be virtually hidden, one that reveals the unpredictable nature of love, or simply a traditional tune played with an unusual twist.

"As the producer of a folk and Celtic music radio program, I'm happy to have a well-done harp offering that goes beyond the normal everyday Celtic harp selections… a wonderful selection, extremely well executed and crisply realized… indicative of a solid and accomplished musical background… strongly melodic with no unnecessary frills… brings to mind some of the strength of Sileas."
Carlos Alden
KPBX-FM Public Radio

Nancy Davis lives, performs and teaches in the Pacific Northwest. She has been a musician since the age of five when she began studying the piano. Though she has played many instruments over the course of her life, the harp is her primary musical focus. Audiences offer praise for her beautiful touch and her sensitivity to the instrument and to the spirit of each selection she performs. From the haunting evocation of dramatic scenery to the gentle caress of a love song to an edgy, up-tempo Shetland reel, Nancy captures a sense of mood and place that is remarkable. Her love for and understanding of the Celtic harp and its repertoire will make this CD one you turn to again and again.

"I thought I would turn this CD on while I was working on something else but I had to just stop and lie down and listen to it twice through. It blew me away. It took me on a wonderful journey that I didn't want to end. This CD is magical."
Krista Powell
Celtic Musician and Music Events Organizer

In addition to her solo harp life, Nancy plays harp, keyboard and percussion and serves as lead vocalist with two performance groups, Thistle n' Thyme and Consort Bon Accord. She also enjoys playing the keyboard for Scottish country dancing and ceilidhs and performs on pedal harp, playing a wide variety of music for weddings, dinners and corporate events.

"Sequestered Beauty" was recorded on an "Aberdeen Meadows" harp built of cherry wood by William Rees, a harp known for its rich, sweet, clear tone. Its sound was beautifully reproduced for this CD by John Benham of Benham Audiophile Recording.


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Nancee Button, harper

The word wonderful doesn't describe how beautiful this CD is!
The word wonderful doesn't describe how beautiful this CD is. Nancy's ability to play and her creative arrangements are beyond anything I've heard in a long time. The harp is a very difficult instrument to record, however this recording sounds as if you are sitting in the same room as the harp. The songs range from lilting to fast paces syncopated rhythms which make you sit in awe of the harper's ability. You don't want to miss this CD. Buy one for yourself and all your friends for Christmas.

Jana Souflova, Prague (Czech republic)

Great music, great inspiration
I still listen this lovely CD again and again. For all who love to listen good harp music this is great choice as CD is very well balanced with not only slow poetical airs but also living tunes with great rhythm and feeling for atmosphere. For all who play harp, this is also great inspiration, because nancy's arrangements are rich but she let music breathe and there is still something new and interesting so you never get bored even you listen it hundred times. I listen a lot of harp music so I am a bit selective, but after long time, this CD really made me happy and enchanted. Some tunes even reminds me sound and feeling I had when I heard for the first time Stivel's famouse Renaissance of celtic harp - specialy in tune Eilean A'Cheo. And there are also my favorite heights like peacefuly flowing Inisheere, Fanny Power and of course funny "Jack Broke the Prison Door" and I really love entrace of "Burning the piper's hut"

Lyndee Stelling

Listen & be transported to many wonderful places!
You will sail across the sea with the haunting Arran Boat Song; journey to the misty Isle of Skye and the Isle of Inis Siar; and fly on the South Wind to Mayo, Ireland when you listen to this beautiful CD by harpist Nancy Davis. Her playing is as skilled as any Celtic harpist I’ve heard and her gorgeous arrangements are lush and full, but keep a traditional feel. The songs sound like you want them to sound…No Celtic with a flamenco twist here! Ms. Davis also provides background on each song in the liner notes, which I find adds to my enjoyment and understanding of the music.

In summary; this CD is beautiful & soothing and would be a welcome addition to your harp, Celtic, or relaxation music collections.

Christine Weatherford

This is one CD that you have to add to your collection!
Nancy has outdone herself with her first CD. This album is truely inspiring to all harpers out there and anyone who wants to enjoy truely beautiful music! Now I need another copy for my car!!!