In Love and Light

In Love and Light

by Heidi TalbotHeidi Talbot


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If you're a fan of Celtic music, then Heidi Talbot's voice will likely sound familiar -- she's been the lead singer for Cherish the Ladies since 2003. On her second solo album she continues exploring a number of non-folk genres, though without completely leaving the acoustic-based context in which she has done most of her previous work. Guest musicians include folk-pop legends Boo Hewerdine and Eddi Reader, as well as former Battlefield Band fiddler John McCusker and flute/whistle virtuoso Michael McGoldrick. Talbot's breathy voice is perfectly suited to quiet songs of longing like "If You Stay" and Hewerdine's "Invisible," and she long ago learned how to make sprightly trad fare like "Bedlam Boys" her own. What's more impressive is the way she's able to deliver a hymn of grizzled regret like "Time" (the Tom Waits song) with both tenderness and convincing authority. Strangely, she fails to invest "Cathedrals" with quite the same gravitas -- Jay Clifford sang it less prettily but more convincingly with Jump, Little Children. But her version is still plenty enjoyable, and if it's the weakest track on this album -- and arguably it is -- then that just goes to show what an impressive record this is. Very highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/12/2008
Label: Compass Records
UPC: 0766397446929
catalogNumber: 4469
Rank: 140515

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Heidi Talbot   Primary Artist
Eddi Reader   Background Vocals
Rosalie Deighton   Background Vocals
Roy Dodds   Percussion,Drums
John Doyle   Acoustic Guitar
Boo Hewerdine   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals,Guitar (Baritone)
Greg Lawson   Violin
Neill MacColl   Acoustic Guitar,Autoharp,Electric Guitar
John McCusker   Fiddle,Mandolin
Donald Shaw   Piano,Accordion,Harmonium,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Ewen Vernal   Electric Bass,Bass Guitar
Fiona Stephen   Violin
Michael McGoldrick   Flute
Steve Lockwood   Harmonica
Andy Seward   Banjo
Kris Drever   Vocals,Background Vocals
Kobus Frick   Viola
Rosaleen Talbot   Background Vocals
Donny Gillan   Cello
Rosemary Talbot   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Tom Waits   Composer
Keith Bird   Engineer
Boo Hewerdine   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Greg Lawson   String Arrangements
Neill MacColl   Arranger
John McCusker   Arranger
Tim O'Brien   Composer
Darrell Scott   Composer
Michael McGoldrick   Arranger
Steve Stewart   Engineer
Doris Fisher   Composer
Fred Fisher   Composer
Dion DeMarbelle   Composer
Andy Seward   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Tim Schumacher   Composer
Kris Drever   Arranger
Simon Bruce   Composer

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