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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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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.

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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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Track Name: El Recer Del Vol Dispers
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.
Track Name: Christenmiss Day in the Morning
Clare Salaman - nyckelharpa
Joy Smith - Clarsach
Clara Sanabras - renaissance guitar
Peter McCarthy - bass violin