A Celtic Summertide

Garden Theater

Recorded live September 21, 2019, at The Garden Theater in Frankfort, Michigan, A Celtic Summertide brings you front and center for a celebration of Celtic music and storytelling.

Featuring special guest soprano Emily Curtin Culler, this 18-track collection of in-house arrangements and original compositions invites you to embark with us on a journey across the Celtic realm with music and legends from Ireland, Scotland, and beyond!

Shetland Air & Reel
1. Da Slockit Light
2. Sleep Soond I’da Moarnin’

Trí Amhráin as Éirinn
3. Thugamar Féin an Samhradh Linn
4. Seoithín Seo Hó
5. Beidh Aonach Amárach

6. Willow Song (Baint Áirnidhe faoi Ghílúr na gCraobh)

7. Summer Waltz

8. Happy Feet

9. Níl na Lá

10. “The Goodman o’ Wastness”

11. “The Selkie Wife’s Daughter”

12. A Red, Red Rose

13. Down by the Salley Gardens

O’Carolan’s Symphony
14. George Brabazon
15. Lady Athenry
16. Planxty Burke
17. Mrs. Power

18. The Parting Glass

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When you buy directly from us, 100% of your purchase benefits our ensemble’s ongoing mission and outreach, allowing us to continue performing free concerts throughout Northern Michigan, collaborating with local artists, spreading inspiration and the intimate joy of chamber music.

Manitou Winds’ musicians are volunteers. Creation of this second album was made possible through support from our community — folks just like you! We’re forever grateful for your support and are eager to share our music with you! Sales of A Celtic Summertide will enable us to continue performing free concerts throughout Northern Michigan, collaborating with local artists of all kinds, and growing our mission of spreading inspiration and the intimate joy of chamber music.

2019 A Celtic Summertide

Album Highlights

Recorded live with expert engineering by Michael Culler, you’re guaranteed the best seats in the house any time!

Trí Amhráin as Éirinn – (2018) Three traditional Irish songs re-imagined for wind quintet and soprano, sung in their original Irish Gaelic by Emily Curtin Culler. Thugamar Féin an Samhradh Linn heralds the arrival of summer with the Bealtaine parade of the mummers. Seothín Seo Hó is a lilting lullaby sung as a mother swaddles her child and warns of the fairies who wait to steal the child away if he doesn’t close his eyes soon. Beidh Aonach Amárach is a musical battle of wills between mother and daughter. Read more about it in our Manitou-Zine. See the complete lyrics and translations here.

Willow Song (Baint Áirnidhe faoi Ghílúr na gCraobh) – (2019) Jason combed a book of historic Irish tunes to uncover the history behind this melancholy but soothing melody and then brought it to life again in a new composition for clarinet, guitar, and harp. Read more about it in our Manitou-Zine.

Happy Feet – (2019) Laura composed this toe-tapping tune as a follow-up to her mellow Summer Waltz which was featured on our first album (First Flight). Follow in the footsteps of a child dancing an impromptu reel fueled by runs and turns by flute, clarinet, guitar, and harp. Read more about it in our Manitou-Zine.

The Goodman o’ Wastness – Jan performs a traditional Orkney legend, transporting us to those rugged island shores for a chance encounter with the mysterious Selkie folk in a bittersweet tale of unrequited love.

O’Carolan’s Symphony – (2018) Jason re-imagined four classic tunes by Ireland’s most famous composer, Turlough O’Carolan, expanding and arranging them for flute, clarinet, horn, bassoon, and harp. Each movement takes us to a different home in the heart of the Emerald Isle. Read more about it in our Manitou-Zine.