Originally from Scotland, clàrsach in hand, Maeve Gilchrist has moved to the United States where she has developed a unique sound between Celtic, jazz and experimental music. The release of her new album, 20 Chandler Street, gives us the opportunity to come back to the unusual career of one of today's most talented harpists.
Tristan Govic, harpist with Nordic tonalities
After a long Scottish and Swedish break, this artist released, together with Lise Enochsson, an elegant recording mixing Scandinavian and Breton colours and rhythms.
Ten artists have contributed to Elva. Seven musicians: Tristan Le Govic (Celtic harp & vocals), Lise Enochsson (vocals), Stuart Macpherson (bass), Roy Shearer (drums), Per Nord (drums), André Le Meut (bombarde) and Pascal Lamour (biniou). To this list, we gladly add Olle Grane (mixing and mastering), Johann Guillon (graphics) and Erik Enochsson (photos). Ten instruments can be heard: Celtic harp, two voices, bass, drums, tabla, udu, derbuka, bombarde and biniou. Though the album wasn't recorded in ten days – as one might expect when you start a list of recurring numbers – but rather in a much longer period, however, it has been realized in ten different places in Brittany, Scotland and Skåne (Sweden).
The Breton night at the last Hofheim-am-Taunus Celtic Folkfestival (read the article on this subject) was a great moment to experience for us as a musicians and also for us as a dancers! This evening, a good ambiance of Brittany was really felt at Hofheim. In just a few years, this festival has become a pleasant moment of the summer season, creating a unique spirit in the music festival scenery.
On the page Your music, you are welcome to present three of your favourite Celtic harp albums. Feel free to leave me your comments and your suggestions. If you have some links, don’t hesitate to share them also.
Among the best Celtic harp albums, if it could only be three, I would choose:
1971: Alan Stivell, Renaissance de la harpe celtique
1990: Kristen Noguès, Kernelec
2004: Paul Dooley, Music from the Robert Ap Huw Manuscript
The answer is on the page Your music.