Maeve Gilchrist Trio,
Reaching Me
(self-produced, 2006)

The young leader of this trio that bears her name has lived a short life packed with music. Born in Edinburgh to an Irish mother and a Scottish father, Maeve Gilchrist began playing the piano at age 7. Two years later, at 9, she picked up the Celtic harp, and at age 10 she entered Edinburgh's School of Music.

Before long Maeve was an in-demand player for the traditional music of Scotland. This talented young artist entered the Berklee School of Music in Boston at age 17 to study voice. In 2004, she was named Outstanding Player of the Year.

In 2005, Maeve met Andres Rotmistrosky and Marcelo Woloski from Buenos Aires, Argentina, while at Berklee. This unusual trio formed the group that carries Maeve's name. The trio mixes the cultures of the artists with jazz to form a unique sound from the traditional music of Maeve's homeland.

Reaching Me is a mix of traditional, original, vocal and instrumental pieces. While the accent of many singers disappears when they sing, Maeve's brogue comes through very clearly here.

The Latin-influenced sound of the traditional tunes found on Reaching Me is a pleasant change from the usual sound of the music played by fans of Celtic music.

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review by
Sherrill Fulghum

30 June 2007

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