Bones CD by Nigel Shaw and Carolyn Hillyer

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A unique and powerful new album from Nigel Shaw and Carolyn Hillyer.

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Bones CD by Nigel Shaw and Carolyn Hillyer

This is music to trance and dance and sing and pray with; a journey alongside ancient forms of our own lives on this earth; an honouring of the house of spirits, the remembered forest, the wounds of winter, the celebrations of summer and the powerful resonances we carry in the marrow of our own bones…
Featuring flutes, piano, voices, drum and percussion, guitar, didgeridu, hang drum, violin and more

BONES is unlike anything Nigel has composed before. He has blended beautiful old and traditional instruments with freshly-born and sparklingly contemporary sounds, including his newly-designed Dartmoor wooden whistles, Jura guitar, bowed lyre, simple bones and wild electronics. Carolyn has carved the songs and chants from a mother tongue 4000 years old, the Bronze Age ancestor to all the Celtic languages that followed, which anchors the voices into the trails and shrines and settlements that shaped a sacred culture of stones and trees and earth that is still being honoured in our own time.

The four pieces on this album bind together ritual and lament and honouring and dynamic celebration to create a music experience of many parts, ranging from tenderly intimate song melodies to ecstatic drums and feral voices. This is music to trance and dance and sing and pray with. It offers a journey alongside ancient forms of our own lives on this earth. It is an honouring of the house of spirits, the remembered forest, the wounds of winter, the celebrations of summer and the powerful resonances we carry in the marrow of our own bones…

NIGEL SHAW (Dartmoor flutes and whistles, piano, jura guitar, bones, drums, percussion, electronics) CAROLYN HILLYER (voices, lyrics); BRIAN ABBOTT (gliss and electric guitar); SHAUN FARRENDEN (didgeridu) HIROKI OKANO (bouzouki); MATTHEW BIRCH (hang drums, mbira); JONNY HIBBS (violin)

The words used in the creation of these songs were drawn from an archaeologically reconstructed Bronze Age language that later evolved into the various forms of Celtic language. This ancestor tongue was spoken through central and western Europe, including the British islands, up to 4000 years ago. Several lexicons of proto-Celtic words exist; we used one compiled by the University of Wales.

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Weight 110 g
Dimensions 15 x 15 x 2 cm

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