MP3 Celticana - Soldier's Daughter
Original Progressive Celtic Music fusing the "trad" with modern songwriting.
7 MP3 Songs
FOLK: Modern Folk, WORLD: Celtic
Lauren Morris and Angelo Miranda formed a songwriting partnership in early 2000 discovering their mutual love for early traditional music and also progressive rock music. Together, they create a unique musical landscape to deliver stellar original storytelling rich with history, heroes, sacrifice and love. From the Soldier''s Daughter CD, comes the poignant tale of "William Morris", Lauren''s father''s service as a Navy Seaman in WWII against the Japanese in the South Pacific. Also from the first CD is the original instrumental "South Bay Jig," written by Angelo Miranda. Celticana''s second CD "Live" features the original progressive pieces, "Love Is Fate," and "Aaron''s Song." The song "Oildorado" is a country flavored tune about the oilfields of Bakersfield where Lauren grew up, a real life roots tale.
Celticana''s first CD "Soldier''s Daughter" and specifically "William Morris" has received international attention and radio play, national critical acclaim and a 100% favorable record reviews commending the group for their songwriting presentation and musicianship.
Lauren Morris: Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin, Composition, Arrangements
Lauren is the voice and rhythm of Celticana''s music and pens Celticana''s original songs. She has produced two CDs for Celticana. Lauren is a master vocalist and is a vocal coach to many established recording and touring artists in Southern California. She is a flatpicking guitarist as well as utilizing folk, rock and Celtic styles. Lauren assembled this group of talented and diverse musicians to complement her songwriting and guitar style. Her dusky soprano voice is contrasted lyrically by intense stories, and "fused" musically on a contemporary progressive format with layers of counter melodies, and multi-voice arrangements. Lauren''s stage presence is simply a cool intensity that serves the music and the spirit of Celticana.
Angelo Miranda: Keyboards, Composition, Arrangements
Angelo plays a key role band''s material, composing and arranging instrumentals such as "South Bay Jig", and co-authoring songs with Lauren. His background includes ragtime, bossa nova, country, progressive rock and classical. San Diego credits: The Old Globe Theater Orchestra and several San Diego jazz and bossa nova ensembles. His cool diversity offers the Celtic music fan the opportunity to hear traditional melodies arranged for piano, sure to please the purist, yet in a full style that is only Celticana.
Chris Vitas: Electric Violin
Chris is a master violinist and virtuoso. Chris Vitas has performed with the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Starlight Theatre (numerous productions; on stage in Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Big River), the Old Globe Theatre (The Robber Bridegroom, Foxfire, White Linen), Lamb''s Players Theatre (Cotton Patch Gospel, Quilters, Becoming Memories, Alice In Concert), The Pacific Chamber Opera (Naughty Marietta), the San Diego Repertory Theatre (Burning Dreams, A Christmas Carol) and the Grand Ole Opry. He performs on albums, CDs, sound tracks for motion pictures, and radio and television commercials. Chris has also shared the stage with such celebrities as Lyle Lovett, Plant and Page, Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick, The Moody Blues, Johnny Mathis, Barry Manilow, Frankie Lane, Tony Bennet, David Benoit, Burt Bacharach, and many others.
Richard Tibbitts: Wind Instruments, Keyboards, Vocals
Richard is a virtuoso flute and whistle player who doubles on keyboards and vocals. He is classically trained, holding a master''s degree in music performance from the University of Michigan. After completing his formal instruction, he began playing traditional music in Germany, and continued locally with the Perfect Cure. He has taught at various community colleges, and has appeared with the San Diego Opera, and as a guest artist with the San Diego Symphony. Richard is a gentleman player who "fuses" Celtic flute and whistle playing with a sophisticated, subtle flavoring that pervades the Celticana sound. His perfect portrayal of each mood is a standout part of the magic of this band. Richard is an add-on player.
David Page: Drums, Percussion
David Page is the maker of the "Total Resonant Drums" used by the Riverdance Company in Ireland. David Page''s father was one of the original pipers to come out of Ireland and brought Celtic music to the States. David is a legend in his own time and has played with such greats as Frank Sinatra and Tom Jones. The list of names is simply too long to mention. David is a true Celtic musician and Irishman.
Duncan Moore: Drums
Celticana also uses Duncan Moore on drums. Duncan''s credits include Mark O''Connor, members of Nickel Creek and Keltik Kharma among others.