Star Edwards,
The Emerald Crossing
(self-produced, 1999)

The Emerald Crossing is a lovely collection of music performed on the Celtic harp.

The combination of nylon and wire-strung Celtic harps gives this music a fairylike quality, crossing it with new age relaxation music to offer tunes that flow like waterfalls. Each track is a gently blended instrumental. Pipes, pennywhistle and bodhran help to complete the mystical sounds.

Tunes range from the lively rambling "Stu Mo Run" to "The Harp of Dunvegan," a haunting melody when set to harp and bodhran. A well-known selection is "Minstrel Boy," which has been featured everywhere from The Man Who Would be King to Star Trek, but here is presented in a slow, lyrical fashion. The emphasis on this recording is soft, dreamy melodies rather than dance tunes. Offering tunes from Ireland and Scotland, this soothing collection is perfect for a relaxing night under the stars.

- Rambles
written by Valerie Frankel
published 1 May 2004

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