Robin Williamson

Gems of Celtic Story: Two

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Subtitled "Tales For the Rising Year," this is the second of a two-volume offering in which Robin Williamson recounts old tales drawn from his Celtic heritage. He plays a variety of instruments to underscore and embellish the stories at various junctures.

"The Dialogue of the Two Sages" begins with Williams speaking in a heavy brogue. The piece then breaks into near-song at the introduction of a harp, dissolving back into speech at its exit. On three of the stories the musical settings gently set a suitable stage for the spoken text to float over. The 17-minute tale "The Birth of Lugh" is derived from medieval literature, and has taken on a variety of forms over the centuries. It is still told throughout England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales.

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