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Album Review

Emerald Castle is an exuberant and timeless collection of traditional Irish music orchestrated for guitars, harpsichord, recorder, oboe and percussion. Richard Searles' artfully crafted arrangements bring to life the wistful and joyous soul of Ireland's rich musical heritage. From the lively "Planxty Burke" and "Morgan Magan," by legendary Irish composer/harpist Turlough O' Carolan, to the shimmering melodies of "Arthur MacBride" and "Pidgeon on the Gate," the listener will be transported to that magical and ancient place. Listeners will enjoy a total of 14 jigs, dances and airs.


Genre: New Age

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Although originally a classically trained guitarist, Richard Searles has been known to incorporate elements of such varied sounds as Celtic, Renaissance, and world music into his music that often results in a relaxing new age blend. Searles hails from Los Angeles, CA, but developed an interest in such exotic musical styles from his own personal travels through Great Britain, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Playing a beautifully hand-crafted Mattingly guitar, Searles has steadily issued albums...
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