Music from the Isle of Man is relatively rarely heard on the British folk scene, and even less so Manx Gaelic song (I have to admit that I hadn’t even known before this album that there is such things as a Manx Gaelic singer out there). Ruth Keggin is apparently one of the leading Manx Gaelic singers, with a beautfiful voice and a classical singing style. On this album she has joined forces with Scottish harpist Rachel Hair. The two young women present a charming collection of traditional Manx songs as well as newly written songs by composers from the Isle of Man. Beautifully arranged, this is rather spellbinding, gentle and warm music and song.

Michael Moll