ABOUT THE CD
This CD is a collection of music celebrating the Irish tradition in prayer and pilgrimage. Some of the pieces are taken from other longer works and are influenced by various people and places. Heavens Door celebrates the great monastic tradition of Jerpoint Abbey in Kilkenny. The Plains of the Oak is a dance piece from a work called Brigid of Kildare, while Journey of a Soul was written for the visit of Therese of Liseaux to our shores.The haunting tones of Betrayal are from the poignant story of Irelands national saint Patrick, taken from the work The Shepherd Boy. Paidir no Trinoide is an eleventh-century prayer and is from the work Malaise, based on the life of St Lazerian, the founder of the first Christian settlement in south Leinster.
Performing with Liam Lawton on these tracks are the musicians and singers of Lorica - Madeleine Doherty, Anne Cullen, Michael Connolly, Dave Carugo, Ger Maloney, Marian Gaynor, Brian Morissey, Liam OConnor, Tom OReilly, Tim Fouhy, Liam Enright, Karen ODonovan, Nuala Kelly and Louise Irvine.
Lough Derg Mass was commissioned for use at that great place of pilgrimage in Donegal and celebrates, in true Irish style, the song of the Celtic soul, the prayer of the pilgrim. It was also the Mass setting used in a special Eurovision Broadcast by RTE on Easter Sunday 2003 from The Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow. Participating in this broadcast were Carlow Cathedral Parish Choirs, Carlow Cathedral Music Ensemble, Cormiosa and Carlow Young Artists Choir. The organist was Tim Fouhy and Musical Director for the broadcast was Marian Gaynor.
Heavens Door (Soloist: Liam Lawton with Lumina Chamber Choir)
The Plains of the Oaks (Soloist: Ger Maloney)
Journey of a Soul (Soloist: Liam Lawton)
Betrayal (Soloists: Ger Maloney & Anne Cullen)
Voice of an Angel (Soloist: Karen ODonovan)
Paidir no Trinoide (Soloist: Anne Cullen)
Lough Derg Mass:
Carlow Cathedral Parish Choirs,
Carlow Cathedral Musical Ensemble,
Cormiosa, Carlow Young Artists Choir,
Tim Fouhy (Organist),
Marian Gaynor (Musical Director)
For the past number of years Liam Lawton has been writing, composing and performing his unique style of inspirational music. In March 2004 Liam's talents were recognized by recording giant EMI who signed him for a number of albums. His EMI debut Another World was released in Ireland later that year featuring guest artists as Brian Kennedy, The Celtic Tenors, Fionnuala Sherry of Secret Garden, Moya Brennan, Eimear Quinn, Roisin O'Reilly amongst others. This album achieved double platinum status and was followed by his second album Time which also was hugely successful. Time was recorded with the National Philharmonic Orchestra in the beautiful city of Prague with arrangements by well known Chicago Symphony arranger Gary Fry. Liam's third album Christmas Song includes a collection of Liam's own favourite Christmas pieces with some new original music also.
Liam Lawton's music has been recognized for its unique quality. His poetic lyrics are inspired by many sources including the ancient texts of Celtic Ireland, he is also at home writing contemporary music. Much of Liam's inspiration is drawn from the landscape of Ireland with its own dark and rich history. His melodies are full of pathos and can stir the heart and his music has been used in many an auspicious occasions for example the memorial services of 9/11 to concerts in such places as the Vatican, The White House and The Chicago Symphony Hall to the weddings of pop stars and glitterati. Liam's choral music is used by choirs all over the English speaking world and has been translated into Spanish, German and Swedish.