Journey from the desert sands of medieval Turkey, to the moors and legends of the ancient Celts, crossing borders and centuries...
Featuring Grammy nominated percussionist Todd Hammes, and String virtuosos Chris Wagoner & Mary Gaines who have played/recorded for Carrie Newcomer & Sting. The recording was mastered at legendary Gateway Studios (Loreena McKennitt).
”LaDage’s love to the historical world leads us through ancient times, places and customs…” - Adolf ‘gorhand’ Goriup, FolkWorld, Germany)
”Provocative songs that demonstrate the timelessness of Celtic, classical and Middle Eastern music...placed in capable hands of a talented independent artist...” (Michael Swanger, CityView, Des Moines, IA)
“Jillian LaDage’s voice is breathtaking.” (Catherine L. Tully, Celtic MP3’s Music Magazine)
“The whispers of legends and mysteries lost and awaiting discovery echo...” ( Michael Lohr, Celtic Life Magazine Canada) ”
Comes in a jewel case with beautiful 12 page booklet of liner notes, lyrics and journal like entries about the origins of each song.
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The Ancestry, steps through the temples of memory on a journey that leads from the medieval sands of Turkey and the Byzantine Empire to the moors and legends of the ancient Celts. Recorded at Smart Studios in Madison, Wisconsin, and mastered at Gateway Mastering Studios Portland, Maine, its nine self-produced tracks range from the intricately woven instrumental "Manzikert" into the hauntingly melodic, traditional folklore inspired strains of "Bonny Was The Lady" to the balladry of "Endless Knot" and the evocative rhythms of "Midsummer's Night".
The eclectic Celtic singer/composer's rich musical tapestry of harp, piano, bodhran, tabla, hurdy gurdy, guitar, clarinet, viola, violin, cello, uillean pipes and more, embraces the quest of the medieval mystic, unifying the ancient and modern world. "I came across a reference to the Celts in Asia Minor early in the eleventh century as the Mediterranean world and the world around them came to a crossroads and began to follow the migration of the many Celtic tribes as the Byzantine Empire declined and the Normans invaded the British Isles," Jillian explains. "The memories that had passed into the resting places of history, myth, legend, and forgotten happenings were events that drew me to the stepping stone of remembrance and lineage. In turn this became the foundation of the music, and as I experienced it, the common thread that held the Celts together through the opening of this great cultural Pandora's Box."
released December 9, 2008
Produced By JILLIAN LADAGE
Assistant to the producer: Ryan LaDage
Recorded and Mixed at: Smart Studios, Madison, WI, United States
Recording Engineer: Beau Sorenson
Mastered by Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering Studios, Inc., Portland, ME