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A featured soloist with the Irish choral group Anuna, Meav garnered raves for her vocal contribution to the London and New York productions of Riverdance. A soprano with the surprising quality of a light and tightly focused pitch, the young vocalist steps out with her self-titled debut of Celtic traditional and classical pieces. Alternately accompanied by an Irish band or swelling orchestra, Meav's tones ring with bell-like clarity, and she seems to effortlessly unspool sound, moving from natural range to head voice with no shrill or heavy accents. Particularly lovely are renditions of the opening theme from the film Rob Roy, the Celtic traditional "She Moved Through the Fair," and "One I Love," a largely a cappella number that'll give you goose bumps. --Paige La Grone

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Ailein Duinn (Theme From Rob Roy)
  2. I Dreamt I Dwelt In Marble Halls
  3. She Moved Through The Fair
  4. Solveig's Song
  5. Im A Doun
  6. I Wish My Love Was A Red Red Rose
  7. Si Do Mhaimeo I
  8. Since You And I Were True
  9. The Death Of Queen Jane
  10. Close Your Eyes
  11. One I Love
  12. Celtic Prayer


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 8, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hearts of Space
  • ASIN: B00003XB4F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,323 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on October 16, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I figured I'd be in for some quality music when I read the back of the CD cover, that Meav (pronounced Mave) was a former soloist for the choral group Anuna. Vocally, her smooth bird-like voice hits those high notes.
The high pipes give the forlorn "Ailein Duinn," the theme from Rob Roy, extra Celtic flavour as does Meav's Celtic vocals. The title is Celtic for "brown-haired Alan." He has drowned apparently, and she sings, translated in English, "If your pillow is the sand/If your bed is the seaweed/If the fish are your bright candles/If the seals are your watchmen/I'd drink, though all abhor it/Of your heart's blood after your drowning." Devoted or twisted, I don't know.
"I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls" is the same traditional song covered by Enya on her Shepherd Moons album. David Agnew's oboe and the string section make this different from her countryfolk's rendition, and she hits those high notes with as much aplomb as Enya. A dream of a princess who's waited on hand and foot, courted, but nothing elates her more than her being loved the same by her dear one.
"She Moved Through The Fair" is another traditional song, covered by Charlotte Church on her sophomore album. Meav's rendition sports light drums and oboe and chant vocals by the choral group Aontas.
Next up is "Solveig's Song", the tragic final piece from Edvard Grieg's epic Peer Gynt, of the woman Gynt left behind who keeps waiting for him and is now an old woman. David Agnew's oboe. The poignancy of this song is told: "The winter may pass and the spring disappear/The spring disappear/The summer too will vanish and then the year/And then the year/But this I know for certain: you'll come back again/You'll come back again." Boy, does Meav hit that high note inbetween verses! The second best song here.
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I heard this CD in a bookstore and immediately knew I had to have it. It is the most beautiful CD I've ever heard and has been in constant play since I received it nearly a week ago. Meav, the lead singer of the Irish group, Anuna, sings like an angel. Her voice is so pure, so soft, so beautiful. She sings I DREAMT I DWELT IN MARBLE HALLS as if the song was written just for her. From the traditional songs to Loreena McKennitt's DANTE'S PRAYER her selection of tunes is magnificent. The liner notes reveal Meav was a part of the original Dublin and London runs of RIVERDANCE as well as the original run at New York's Radio City. She was the sole vocalist with the Irish National Concert Orchestra during its 1997-98 US Tour. This is her debut solo CD and should appeal to fans of Enya and Loreena McKennitt, as well as anyone fond of hauntingly beautiful music of any type.
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One of my favorite tracks of all time, "I Dreamt I Dwealt In Marble Halls", is done with superb vocal talent by Irish vocalist Meav. A pure soprano with a nice range, Meav shows she is just as talented as the other more recognized Irish singers out there at the present. With beautiful instrumentation and terrific arrangements, Meav does not fail to stun. The Theme From Rob Roy is of course included here, sung incredibly well. "She Moved Through The Fair" is a traditional Celtic piece with a great rhythm section. "Solveig's Song" has an astounding section with just mouth music--no words, just Meav's high tones. Fabulous. "Im A Doun" features sweet harmonies over an insistent beat. "The Death Of Queen Jane" is a very baroque sounding piece, complete with accoustic guitar and harpischord. The last two songs done on this CD, "One I Love" and "Celtic Prayer", accent Meav's voice greatly. "One I Love" is mostly a cappella, and "Celtic Prayer" has only a few vocal parts, but each track leaves you in awe of the amazing vocal ability of this young Irish woman.
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When I first saw this CD, and saw that the artist was the soloist in the choir that sang in "Riverdance", I had to have it, since I was so entranced with the choral pieces in that show. I was blown away! Like my other favorite female vocalist, Miriam Stockley, she has entered the pantheon of great female vocalists with an astounding debut album. Her voice has the delicate, youthful, innocent quality of Charlotte Church combined with the mesmerizing clarity of Loreena McKinnet and the Brennan sisters (Enya and Maire). If you are looking for the raw, window -shattering power of Celine ,Miriam or Barbra,or the theatrical expressiveness of Kate Bush and Sarah Brightman, she might disappoint; her voice is very steady, very polished, very delicate, and real candy for the ear! But, although the aforementioned divas could sing these songs passably I'm sure, Meav's angelic voice fits them like a glove; British Isles music needs clear and resonant voices like Meav, Enya, Maire, Maddie Pryor, June Tabor or Kate Rusby to sound really good. To me, it is useless to say that her version of "Marble Halls" is better or worse than Enya's; they are both awesome! Meav's is just different; minus all that vocal layering, it is less dreamy but more fresh (and Enya sure can't hit those high notes). Her luscious treatment of Grieg's "Solvieg's Song" is astounding, and I am a Grieg lover!The songs "Im a Doun" and "One I Love" give a tantalizing hint of how incredibly wondrous her voice sounds like harmonized, which is partly what drew me to Enya and Miriam in the first place (please, more harmonies on the next album!Read more ›
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