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    Review : Early Music Today
    ‘This excellent recording, which, in its exploration of music about angels, devils, and other spirits is a great showcase for its four multi-talented performers (17 instruments in total). It’s clear that Clare Salaman (who arranged all but one of the tracks), Clara Sanabras (who composed the remaining track), Joy Smith and Peter McCarthy share the same enthusiasm for taking the familiar and making it fresh. Take Corelli’s ‘La Follia’ , performed here on nyckelharpa and clarsach: I don’t know how they came up with that, but it works, and very well indeed.’
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El recer del vol dispers Ocells dispersos que heu volgut volar pel cel llunyà on es perd ma fantasia i tot volant, un dia i altre dia, us ha mancat el lloc on reposar Ací el teniu. Jo us obro avui la mà. La mà fidel que al cor fa companyia, i dels anhels, roents d’amor, voldria que mai ni una ala no s’obrís en và. Torneu a mí que retrobar-vos vull; per a cada un ma vida te el seu full, i es cada full un sant record que plora Aci amb vosaltres, en la llum fervent que amb nou misteri enmig la nit s’encen, mon esperit cercarà Déu tothora. Shelter from the scattered flight You scattered birds who have flown, beyond the sky where my fantasy is lost, and day after day, while flying, you haven’t found a resting place…. Here it is. I open my hand to you The faithful hand that accompanies heart and desire, burning with love, I wish not a single wing spreads in vain Come back to me, I need you back; For each of you my life has a page And each page is a holy memory that Weeps… Here with you, in the fervent Light, that lights up with the new mystery My soul will search for God at all times.
Follia 05:14
Rondeau 03:55
Clare Salaman - nyckelharpa Joy Smith - Clarsach Clara Sanabras - renaissance guitar Peter McCarthy - bass violin


Here you will find music associated with angels, the maverick and fallen as well as the divine and perfect. Playing some of the instruments that appear in descriptions and depictions of angels through the ages, The Society present traditional tunes, dances, songs and art music in a celebration of these heavenly and occasionally diabolical beings.


released July 12, 2014

Clara Sanabras : Voice, Oud, Guitars
Clare Salaman :Nyckelharpa, Hurdy Gurdy
Joy Smith : Harps, Dulcimer, Percussion
Peter McCarthy : Bass Instruments


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