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Celtic Angel - Canadian Singer of Traditional Celtic Music

2015 Finalist at The Australian Celtic Music Awards - Celtic Life International Artist of the Year! 

Celtic Angel has passionately and meticulously produced her debut Celtic Music CD entitled ‘Celtic Hits’aspiring to bring the musical melodies and lyrics of the Celts into Canadian homes.  The CD is a refreshing fusion of famous Irish songs and Scottish melodies, as well as traditional instrumentation, combined with modern musical arrangements that transcend national and cultural borders. It highlights her lyrical, lilting, sweet and sincere voice, while revitalizing iconic lyrics written decades, or even centuries ago, with new life and energy. The result is a compilation of some of the best Celtic music and Celtic songs ever written - pure magic to the ears and soul. 58 Minutes of joy! What are you waiting for? Add this uplifting and inspiring music CD to your collection, you will simply love it. For more Scottish and Irish folk music online, visit the artist's dedicated YouTube channel or find her top hits on iTunes!

  

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CELTIC HITS CD

Discover the magic of Celtic Songs by Canadian Singer Celtic Angel

In her 16 track Album CELTIC HITS Canadian Singer Celtic Angel has composed and sung timeless Celtic Songs with heartfelt emotion.  Some of the these Celtic Songs include:  An Eriskay Love Lilt,  The Road to the Isles, and Driftwood.

Celtic songs or celtic music is a rather loose one. It is the traditional music of the celtic countries - Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany (in France), and Galicia (in Spain). Many Celts migrated to the US and the maritime provinces of Canada so their music and their music is very strong in these areas as well. There is also newer Celtic songs and new Celtic genres that have had the influence of the traditional music of these Celtic countries.

The term is sometimes controversial. The Celts as an identifiable race are long gone, there are strong differences between traditional music in the different countries, and many of the similarities are due to more recent influences. Celtic is often thought as implying to celtic mysticism and a particular influence in new-age music, which has nothing to do with traditional music. The true Celtic songs and music are a mixture of Irish and Scottish traditional songs. Cape Breton musicians frequently play Irish or Scottish music. In Canada and the US, the traditions are much more mixed, there the term 'celtic' is most used, though it is also true that many groups from particular celtic regions play the music of another region too.

Folk or world music are sometimes used to describe Celtic songs and music but are vague description of the style. ‘Celtic' is what we use for Ceolas.

You can download these Celtic songs now on  iTunes and enjoy the magic of nostalgic celtic music.

ABOUT

Singer of Irish Music, Folk and Traditional Songs - Fourth Generation Canadian Scottish Irish Singer

Celtic Angel, Leela Barbara Fraser, is a fourth generation Celtic Canadian singer of Scottish and Irish ancestry.  She was born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, into a musical family.  All eight children of the talented Fraser family grew up singing Irish folk music, Scottish and Celtic Songs, as well as Christian Music at community events in Eastern Canada.

Celtic Angel pursued her passion for music diligently and is a professionally trained soprano with a Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice and a Diploma in Jazz Studies from St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS. She is extremely creative at composing and recording, and understands the theories and intricate procedures of music making. In the past she has composed, recorded and performed not only traditional Irish Music, but also Eastern Mantras, Music for Yoga, and Live Indian Music.

Her angelic singing voice makes her a natural singer of Irish Songs and melodies. She has composed, arranged, and developed a unique style of Celtic Music that blends the traditional and classic melodies, of Scottish and Irish influence, with instruments such as the bagpipes, bodhran, tin whistle, Celtic harp, violin, piano, guitar, and strings creating her timeless and unique style of  music. Her sweet, melodic voice highlights these instruments to create that special, ethereal mood that characterizes this newly created genre.

Much of Celtic Angel's inspiration for music came from her mother, Lillian (Ryan) and father, James Fraser. Lillian was a soprano who frequently performed as a church choir soloist and at local Celtic music events, concerts, as well as in musical theater.  Leela has a great affinity for the bagpipes, as she grew up hearing her father playing them on most evenings, often lullabying her to sleep.  Her father is also a popular local Scottish fiddler in NS.

Over time, she has witnessed the disappearance of many iconic national folk songs due to the advent of new musical genres and styles.  This has motivated her to take on the project of recording and reviving traditional songs.

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MAIRI'S WEDDING

Mairi’s Wedding / Marie’s Wedding / The Lewis Bridal Song / Mairi Bhan - John Roderick  Bannerman (1865–1938), writer and politician and; Sir Hugh Roberton (1874-1952), choirmaster, conductor, and composer. The melody of ‘Mairi’s Wedding’ was composed Dr. Peter A. MacLeod, from the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. The singing nuptial to the melody was written in Scottish Gaelic in 1938, by J. R. Bannerman. Mr. Bannerman titled it ‘Mairi’s Wedding’ and dedicated it to Mary McNiven, someone he knew at the time. This old Scottish song continues to be frequently sung at marriage receptions in Scotland. The song was rewritten in English by Sir Hugh Robertson in 1939 and titled ‘The Lewis Bridal Song’. This song is about a man expressing his desire to marry a woman named Mairi. The song tells the story of guests traveling to the wedding, what Mairi looks like on her wedding day, and the toast for the bride to have food, comfort and many children. In the chorus the guests are dancing “arm in arm and row on row.”

IRISH MUSIC

Discover the magic of Canadian Irish Folk Music by Celtic Angel

Leela loves Irish Folk Music and has put together 2 songs of her own of poems written by the wonderfully talented Irish poets, Butler Yeats and George Bernard Shaw.  Celtic Angel is adding a new dimension to Irish Folk Music, doing 2 songs for children, soothing, melodic and joyful for children and adults alike.  Both songs are described below: Baby Eyes - George Bernard Shaw (Jul. 26, 1856 – Nov. 2, 1950), Irish playwright. Bernard Shaw’s first profitable writing venture was as a music and literary critic. He wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism in this capacity. This song is an adaptation of Bernard’s poem ‘Baby Eyes’ and put to a Irish folk music melody composed by Celtic Angel. Bernard also wrote more than 60 plays and was an essayist, novelist and short story writer. Nearly all of his writings address social problems, but have a thread of comedy which makes their themes more palatable. The issues that particularly engaged Shaw included education, marriage, religion, government, health care, and class privilege. Bernard Shaw is the only individual to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize in Literature (for his contribution to literature in 1925) and an Oscar (for his work on the film ‘Pygmalion’ in 1938). Enjoy listening to the Irish folk Music of Celtic Angel, Baby Eyes and buy on iTunes. A Cradle Song - William Butler Yeats (Jun. 13, 1865 – Jan. 28, 1939), Irish Poet and Playwright./strong> Yeats stands over the cradle of an infant, noting that the angels, sick of the dead, are also present. God in heaven is pleased to see such a well-behaved infant, as are the “Sailing Seven” – a reference to either the planets or the seven stars of the Pleiades, which link a child to the cosmic order. Within this cosmic order, an infant’s pleasure not only affects human beings, but also resonates with the rhythms of the universe as a whole. Yeats kisses the infant sadly, knowing that he will miss ‘the baby’ as he or she grows up.

A Cradle Song by Celtic singer, Celtic Angel.

Download Celtic Hits by Canadian Celtic Irish Singer

Celtic Angel is  a Canadian Celtic Irish Singer.  In this outstanding debut CD, Celtic Irish Singer, Celtic Angel, beautifully revives 16 traditional Irish and Scottish melodies.  She especially loves this all time classic, Wild Mountain Thyme, or Bloomin' Heather.  Listen to this wonderful rendition recorded on Main St. in her home town, Antigonish, Nova Scotia.  The song brings back many fond memories of her early years in Nova Scotia. Watch 'Wild Mountain Thyme' and buy on iTunes Now!  
IRISH SINGER

Download Celtic Hits by Canadian Celtic Irish Singer

Celtic Angel is  a Canadian Celtic Irish Singer.  In this outstanding debut CD, Celtic Irish Singer, Celtic Angel, beautifully revives 16 traditional Irish and Scottish melodies.  She especially loves this all time classic, Wild Mountain Thyme, or Bloomin' Heather.  Listen to this wonderful rendition recorded on Main St. in her home town, Antigonish, Nova Scotia.  The song brings back many fond memories of her early years in Nova Scotia.

Watch 'Wild Mountain Thyme' and buy on iTunes Now!
 

SCOTTISH MUSIC

Download Classic Scottish Music renditions in the melodic voice of Celtic Angel on iTunes

Scotland is known for its traditional Scottish music, which has remained vibrant to this day. Many genres or forms of traditional music have lost their popularity to contemporary music, but in spite of the fact that many Scottish people emigrated to other countries, they kept a very well-developed connection to the music they imported when they left their country. For example, Celtic Angel’s parents are third generation Celtics and have passed on the music to her brothers and sisters, and in some cases it is a more pure form than in most places throughout Scotland or Ireland. Much of Celtic Angel’s musical influence came from her mother, Lillian (Ryan) and father, James Fraser. Lillian was a soprano who frequently performed at local Celtic music events and concerts. Celtic Angel’s younger sister, Maureen, is a professional Scottish step-dancer and has a thriving step-dancing school in Antigonish, nova Scotia. Some of her steps are from a very old style that is no longer found in Scotland. Her older sister, Patricia, is a high school music teacher and flautist who performs Celtic and other styles of music with her brother, Wayne, a guitarist. Her father was a great bagpiper in his time and is known throughout Cape Breton as a prominent Scottish fiddler. In her 16 track album CELTIC HITS, Celtic Angel has reinvented several classic Scottish Music songs with her personal touch.  Some of these Scottish songs include: Scotland the Brave and Scottish Soldier.

SCOTTISH SINGER

Enjoy Celtic Hits by Canadian Scottish Singer Celtic Angel

  This Canadian Scottish Singer, Celtic Angel, has produced a haunting and soulful revival of Celtic, Scottish melodies, a commemoration of the genre that evokes its dreamy, nostalgic and timeless essence. The Scottish singer's sweet and sincere, soprano vocals, and traditional instrumentation transports listeners on an emotional journey that conjures up vivid memories, stories and feelings.
MAIRI'S WEDDING

Mairi’s Wedding / Marie’s Wedding / The Lewis Bridal Song / Mairi Bhan - John Roderick  Bannerman (1865–1938), writer and politician and; Sir Hugh Roberton (1874-1952), choirmaster, conductor, and composer. The melody of ‘Mairi’s Wedding’ was composed Dr. Peter A. MacLeod, from the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. The singing nuptial to the melody was written in Scottish Gaelic in 1938, by J. R. Bannerman. Mr. Bannerman titled it ‘Mairi’s Wedding’ and dedicated it to Mary McNiven, someone he knew at the time. This old Scottish song continues to be frequently sung at marriage receptions in Scotland. The song was rewritten in English by Sir Hugh Robertson in 1939 and titled ‘The Lewis Bridal Song’. This song is about a man expressing his desire to marry a woman named Mairi. The song tells the story of guests traveling to the wedding, what Mairi looks like on her wedding day, and the toast for the bride to have food, comfort and many children. In the chorus the guests are dancing “arm in arm and row on row.”

SCOTLAND THE BRAVE
Scotland the Brave - Cliff Hanley (Oct. 28, 1922 – Aug. 9, 1999), Scottish journalist, novelist, playwright, and broadcaster. The melody of ‘Scotland the Brave’ first appeared around the turn of the 20th century. The name of the song was likely chosen in memory of remember Scotland’s fight with England to retain its independence 500 to 600 years previously. The sound of the pipes in the melody of the song, was universally recognized as a precursor to the arrival of Scottish regiments, who were recognized throughout the world for their military power and ability to instill fear in their enemies. The pipes also functioned to raise the moral of relief troops coming to the battlefield. The lyrics for the song were written in 1951 by Cliff Hanley, who only intended for it to be sung in a musical performance at Glasgows’ Empire Theater. However, the song became so well-loved that it is considered to be the ‘unofficial’ national anthem of Scotland. The lyrics are refer to or describe Scots’ brave exploits and their yearning for home when they are away from it. The song celebrates their bravery, but is not at all melancholic in its tone. You can add these songs to your personal music library by downloading on iTunes Now! Scotland the Brave

THE ROAD TO THE ISLES

The Road to the Isles - Kenneth MacLeod (Feb. 6, 1871 – July 9, 1955), Scottish folklorist, writer, and Church of Scotland Minister.

 

‘The Road to the Isles’ is a famous Scottish traditional song. It is part of the Kennedy-Fraser collection and appeared in a book entitled ‘Songs of the Hebrides’, which was published in 1917. Kenneth MacLeod was a contemporary of Marjory Kennedy-Fraser, the writer of ‘Eriskay Love Lilt', and the two often collaborated musically.  Kenneth was also missionary of the Church of Scotland in various highland and island locations, and was subsequently ordained to the church’s  ministry.  

 

Kenneth MacLeod not only wrote Gaelic lyrics, but also contributed a considerable amount of English-language material to the Songs of the Hebrides series by way of notes, tales, Gaelic-to-English translations, original English-only compositions.   

 

 

The tune associated with the ‘Road to the Isles’ is an air that was composed by Pipe Major John McLellan of Dunoon and played by Malcolm Johnson of Barra on a chanter.  It was originally titled ‘The Bens of Jura’. Kenneth subsequently wrote the words for a voice and harp (or piano) arrangement of this air by Patuffa Kennedy-Fraser.

SKYE BOAT SONG
Skye Boat Song - Sir Harold Boulton (Aug. 7, 1859 – Jun. 1, 1935), Scottish songwriter, British baronet, and philanthropist. The ‘Skye Boat Song’ is a Scottish folk song and its melody is a Jacobite lament.  Both the melody and the lyrics were written by Sir Harold Boulton, an Englishman. The song recalls the escape of Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) from Uist to the Isle of Skye after his defeat in the Battle of Culloden in 1746.  It describes how Prince Charlie escaped in a small boat, with the aid of Flora MacDonald, who was disguised as a serving maid.
LOCH LOMOND

Lomond / The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond - Andrew Lang (Mar. 31, 1844 – Jul. 20, 1912), Scottish poet, folkorist, novelist, and literary critic. This traditional Scottish song was first published in 1841 in ‘Vocal Melodies of Scotland’.  In Scotland today, the song is often the final piece of music played at a dance party or dinner. There is no source that has definite proof of an individual who composed the music. The song expresses the universal themes of loss and sadness and has a special meaning even for people who have never been to Loch Lomond. Listen to Loch Lomond and buy on iTunes - a very traditional Scottish song by Celtic Angel.

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