A Celtic Mass for Peace: Songs of the Earth (CD)
A Celtic Mass for Peace is the result of a collaboration born of the meeting of Dr. J. Philip Newell, an Edinburgh author/speaker/theologian/poet, and Sam Guarnaccia, a Vermont scholar/composer/teacher. The present recording of ‘A Celtic Mass for Peace, Songs for the Earth’ with musicians and singers from both Scotland and the United States, was made in the Vermont landscape where both words and music were written, and is a reflection and expression of the theology/spirituality of liberation and inclusiveness far beyond the confines of any single tradition. From an unusual blend of classical and Celtic instruments, a distinctive harmonic space and melodic texture emerge, beautifully recorded on location in Vermont by the renowned jazz pianist and recording artist Chuck Eller.
The enclosed booklet contains the complete text of the song lyrics and the eight spoken prayer-songs for which the eight instrumental tracks were written to reflect their substance, spirit, and rhythm.