Patricia Murray,
(self-produced, 2001)

A relatively new name on the Canadian Celtic music scene is Prince Edward Island singer-songwriter Patricia Murray.

In her new CD Primrose, you can hear the passion in her voice. She is sure to receive acclaim and praise with this album, which contains her own compositions and arrangements.

Her voice has an angelic and ethereal quality to it ... covering such beautiful tunes as "Caledonia" and "Auld Lang Syne," which send shivers up my spine. The pure sound in her voice brings Dougie MacLean's "Caledonia" to life ... every bit as good as the original.

The honesty in Patricia's songs can take you back to a less hectic era when everyone was so carefree. If you'd like to forget your day-to-day problems, even if just for the time being, put on Patricia's CD, sit down, close your eyes and relax ... you're sure to feel better.

Patricia relates old stories to situations familiar today. In "Schooldays Over," the song refers to the Welsh children who had to leave school to work in the mine ... a situation also familiar on the East Coast of Canada. Patricia gives new life to the old Irish song "My Johnny," as well as the Irish balled "I Courted a Wee Girl." It's nice to see the old tunes recorded again to bring them to a new audience. Patricia has an appreciation for songs passed down through the generations and now it's your turn to take this CD home and do the same!

Primrose was recorded at Inception Sound in Toronto with producer Chad Irschick, who has worked with some of the East Coast's biggest Celtic names including the Rankins, Bruce Guthro and Natalie MacMaster.

I'll leave you with these words from Patricia:

"Over the centuries, storytelling has been an essential way to share culture and tradition. These eleven stories weave through many years of customs, beliefs and emotions. One such belief promised that if you rubbed the flower primrose over your eyes you would be able to see the fairies of the otherworld. May these songs open your eyes to my traditions and those of my ancestors."

[ by Kimberley Marie ]
Rambles: 25 August 2001

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