Radio Angel Music
Celtic and Early American hymns
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Lively Arts London
This album is a real find...brings a warmth and freshness to this eclectic collection of Christmas and traditional melodies
Why have I not heard of Caroline before? She is an original talent. Her voice has a rare and entrancing combination of achingly pure tone and sensual warmth... sincere but never earnest.
Bowles clearly takes pleasure in broad musical pallette. Celtic, folk and gospel influences echo though the album. Enya-like resonances meet the haunting simplicity of the Voix Bulgares. There’s a lively musical intelligence at work here.
David Pearl - Lively Arts, London -
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Celtic Christian Tunes
...Ancient hymns, important in Christian musical heritage, and updated to appeal to the aesthetic sensibilities of modern audiences; subtle folk and Celtic influences, evident in bagpipe-emulating electric guitar work, uilleann and highland pipes and haunting percussion.
Despite it's deceptively plain title, the Christmas album is anything but ordinary. I really enjoyed these choices of songs;
--Cory C. Engel, CelticChristianTunes.com
Body, Mind and Soul
...Celtic and Appalachian hymns - old, haunting melodies that have slipped through many sets of lyrics, some for more than a thousand years, endlessly recreated by each new generation. Local artist Caroline Bowles is one of the current generation who reinterprets these hymns. Her clear soprano vocals are accompanied by a variety of acoustic instruments, including guitar, cello, oboe, piano, violin, dulcimer, even bagpipes.
Body, Mind & Soul quarterly review
“I recorded these songs because they are a powerful part of our Christian heritage that I felt was becoming lost to contemporary Christian audiences” says Caroline Bowles of the compelling, deeply spiritual hymns on her new album, Wondrous Love. One of the songs dates back to the 4th century and is attributed to St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. I fell in love with early hymns when I discovered The Sacred Harp, an 1844 collection of religious folk music. I had an idea that I’d like to make them more accessible to contemporary listeners.
Our worship in song connects us with all who have gone before us, who sang these hymns in their time, and who surround us like a great cloud of witnesses, encouraging us and urging us on in our lives. The church is composed not only of those worshipers of Christ now alive, but of all those who have ever lived, because all are alive to God. The writers of these hymns have the otherworldly, at times mystical, focus of people whose world was less certain and whose earthly attachments were less firm. It is my hope that they will encourage you in your love of Jesus Christ, and inspire you to contemplation of His love for you.”
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