Calen-o: Songs from the North of Ireland

A passionate advocate for the art music of her native Northern Ireland, mezzo-soprano Carolyn Dobbin has put together this programme that attests to a rich – yet little known – tradition. Who knew that doyen of Anglican church music Charles Wood was in fact an Ulsterman, and a fine composer of art song?

Premiere recordings of Wood and of the forward-looking Hamilton Harty are interleaved with songs by Joan Trimble and Howard Ferguson in a journey of delightful discovery. Iain Burnside lends his credentials as our leading pianist for song.

"The three attractive items by Joan Trimble (1915-2000) leave one wanting more, especially in performances as good as these. With her rich palette of tone and colour, Dobbin knows how to communicate text and music while Ian Burnside’s accompaniments are beautifully managed. Both voice and piano are finely captured and well balanced."


"These are carefully weighed performances by Dobbin, whose light and shade give life to this attractive programme. Iain Burnside, meanwhile, brings panache to the accompaniments"

"Carolyn Dobbin and Iain Burnside’s spirited and sensitive performances."

Recording venue(s): St Mary's Kirk, Haddington
Physical format: Jewel case
Number of discs: 1
Number of tracks: 23
Total playing time: 0:56:22
First UK release date: 16 March 2018
Album ID: DCD34187

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