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."
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."
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.