on June 16, 2011
As a vocalist, as well as a Celtic Woman fan, I am delighted with "Songs from the Heart"!
I was recently in charge of planning a program of Irish, Scottish and Welsh tunes for my music club. I was particularly interested in including "Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears" in a segment on emigration, and found the song was included in this book. Amazon's price (approximately one-third off the suggested retail price) was so reasonable that I didn't mind paying for expedited shipping. The item arrived, as promised, within two business days.
I was pleased to discover that the musical arrangements are not just solo versions, but include vocal harmonies. While the piano accompaniment on "Isle of Hope..." was not what I'd hoped for-- written as melody, plus simple chords through most of the song--my accompanist was able to embellish, and the vocal harmonies made for a lovely performance! (I should mention that, after looking through other selections in the book, this overly simplified piano accompaniment does not appear to be the norm.)
In general, I am very pleased with "Songs from the Heart" and would recommend it to others who enjoy Celtic music.