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Album Review

Fronted by veteran songwriter Bob Halligan, Jr., Ceili Rain (loosely translated from Gaelic as "heavenly party") plays an amalgam of Celtic and pop rock that is underpinned by spiritual concerns. The twelve tunes on this album are well-crafted songs that could stand on their own without the Celtic instrumentation but are given added flavor by such additions as button accordion, fiddle, and tin whistle. It is evident that Halligan is attempting to write uplifting music that is spiritual without losing a mainstream audience. However, there is no denying that many of these songs could also find a quick home with a Contemporary Christian audience. (e.g "That's All The Lumber You Sent," "Ceili Rain" and "666 Degrees.") Some of Halligan's songs suffer somewhat from a naïve or moralistic point of view, and his voice can sound overly earnest to the point of bordering on annoying. However, there is no denying that Halligan has gathered a flight of top musicians who can rock out in Gaelic fashion. If Halligan can add subtlety to his lyrical approach and hone in the excesses of his voice, Ceili Rain will succeed on all levels. For starters, however, this is a solid effort.

Customer Reviews

Great Cd!

My father got me this when I was younger when he was in Nashville, Tn. That was 10 years ago and I still listen to it a lot! I just wish I would of been able to hear this group perform live!!

Review For The Song "Love Travels": Excellent and Truly Moving

I am a new fan of Ceili Rain, so I'm just now beginning to see how good their music is. I first heard this group when they performed at a fundraiser for a beloved former dance teacher of mine where I live who was battling cancer at the time. I had never heard this group before then and haven't heard them since...that is until I found their songs on i-tunes. When I saw that "Love Travels" was available, I knew right away that I had to get it. That song pulled on my heartstrings the night of the fundraiser, and still has that same impact on me today. It's a song of hope, and how anything is possible with a little love and determination. I simply love it and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys good music like this.

What non-believer reviewed this??

It's a GREAT album but I'm really really disappointed the reviewer thought some of the songs were "naive" or "moralistic". Duh! They're not a secular group with some "naive" songs, they're a Christian group who does a few secular sounding songs! Really disappointed with iTunes on this one. What a shame that a secular reviewer doesn't get it. Having owned this album for quite some time, I'd say "I wanna be different" is as close to a secular song as this album gets. If you're looking for a lively Celtic/Irish Christian band, start here! Then go to "Erasers on pencils" by same group. (HINT for reviewer: "Erasers on pencils" refers to the forgiveness we get from Jesus - the reference to a writing instrument is meant to _convey_ that idea, NOT _define_ it! Also, "rain" does not equal "party") I appreciate Apple iTunes offering this group but I respectfully request this group's music be reviewed by their Christian music reviewers.


Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Ceili Rain (pronounced Kay-lee) was formed in 1995 by veteran songwriter Bob Halligan, Jr. The Syracuse, N.Y native had been thinking conceptually about combining Celtic instrumentation within a pop-rock setting since 1989, and had received encouragement from his wife Linda to move forward with the idea. Formerly, he had written songs that had been recorded by heavy metal artists such as Judas Priest and Blue Oyster Cult, but was uncomfortable of the association with negatively perceived artists....
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