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"Lovely Molly" by 'Howling at Ravens'
Irish and other Celtic instrumental music
(Obelisk productions 1999)
The band "Howling at Ravens" consisted of Allan Moller, Chris Knowles and Ben Walker, and together they combined a rich mixture of musical talent and experience. Main instruments are uilleann pipes, flute, celtic harp and bouzouki.
The band are no longer performing together, but the CD received excellent reviews and is still available from this website...
Click highlighted tracks to listen to or download mp3 samples
1)The Brass Hand/ Peggy on the settle/ Miss Mary o'Neill's (strathspey/reels)
2)Lovely Molly/ Conga reel (reels)
3) Carolan; planxty Donal o'Brien/ Untitled planxty
4)Sally on the shore/ Crosses of Annagh/ Ladies' Pantalettes (reels)
5)Song of the water kilpie/ y Pibydd ddu (Manx/Welsh tunes)
6)Cornelius Curtin's big balloon/ Willie Coleman's/ Yellow wattle (jigs)
7) The Morning Thrush (slow reel)
8) The Green Fields of Canada (slow air)
9) Delight of the Spinning wheel (ancient Welsh tune)
10) Struthan a Chait/ Tailor's twist/ The sweep's (hornpipes)
11) The Wounded Hussar/ Spike island lasses (slow air/ reel)
12) Glen road to Carrick/ Bag of spuds/ Crib of Perches/Chattering magpie(reels)
13) 4 Polkas
14)Howling at Ravens(slow air)
Some Excerpts from Reviews:
.. "THIS IS A WONDERFULLY ESOTERIC CD OF MOSTLY TRADITIONAL CELTIC MUSIC... THERE ARE 14 TRACKS ON THE CD RANGING FROM JOYOUS JIGS, REELS AND POLKAS-SOUNDING AT TIMES RATHER LIKE THE BOTHY BAND OR THE FINEST POSSIBLE TRAD-SESSION YOU COULD IMAGINE... OTHER TRACKS HAVE AN ETHEREAL QUALITY, PARTICULARLY 'THE DELIGHT OF THE SPINNING WHEEL', TAKEN FROM AN ANCIENT WELSH HARP MANUSCRIPT. BEN WALKER'S FLUTE PLAYING IS REMINISCENT OF THE GREAT MATT MOLLOY. I ALSO REALLY ENJOYED...THE GREEN FIELDS OF CANADA, A SLOW HAUNTING AIR WITH A DISTINCT BLUESY FEEL. FOR MUSICIANS AND ALL OTHER INTERESTED PEOPLE, THE CD SLEEVE NOTES GIVE DETAILED DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL THE TUNES' ORIGINAL SOURCES.. WHAT MORE CAN I SAY! LOVELY MOLLY IS SIMPLY THE BEST ALBUM OF TRADITIONAL CELTIC MUSIC THAT I HAVE HEARD FOR A VERY LONG TIME."
---------------------(Traditional Music Maker magazine: Mar.2000)
"FOURTEEN TRACKS AND EVERY ONE HAS BEEN CRAFTED AND CREATED WITH TALENT AND FEELING...THERE IS A SEDUCTIVE, MYSTERIOUS SOUND TO THE BAND, WHICH IS FULL OF WONDERFUL SURPRISES. Listen to the handfulls of ringing metallic harp notes being flung like stars at the mellow, soaring sound of the flute..... Brilliant uilleann pipes duets on "Sally on the Shore" and "The Crosses of Annagh"... The harp on the Carolan "Planxty Donal O'Brien" and an untitled piece is pure magic... A wonderful set of polkas...They can be mighty pleased with this offering which would put the longing on a body for more" --------- (Irish Music magazine, Dublin)
A band with two uilleann pipers could well be expected to always have the pipes in the forefront of any of the settings. This, however, is not the case. The harp and the flute both have the upper hand on many tracks as will be heard on "The Morning Thrush" and "Planxty Donal O`Brien".
The playing is unhurried and well paced particularly on the set tunes and slow airs, all of them given due weight and dimension. Among these tunes and airs are "The Green Fields of Canada", "The Wounded Hussar" and "Howling at Ravens", three of the best tracks I have heard all year." --- (Peter Fairbairn, The Living Tradition)
"MOLLER, WALKER AND KNOWLES ARE MASTERS OF THEIR CHOSEN INSTRUMENTS AND HIGHLY SKILLED ON THE OTHERS THEY USE ON THIS RECORDING"
-------------(Buzz magazine-local Manchester area folk mag.-Spring 2002)
"Lovely Molly" CD is available for £10 incl.postage....