- Released: August 30, 1997
- Label: Import
Musician - 3/95, p.88
"...showcases the music's rhythmic undercurrents....The arrangements play off the rhythmic possibilities, but it's Brennan's warm expressive voice that ultimately brings these songs into focus."
- 1.The Days of The Dancing
- 2.A Place Among The Stones
- 3.The Watchman
- 4.An Fharraige
- 5.Pilgrim's Way
- 6.Big Yellow Taxi
- 7.The Mighty One
- 9.Misty Eyed Adventures
- 10.Dream On
- 11.Eirigh Suas A Stoirin
Personnel includes: Maire Brennan (vocals, harp, keyboards); Dee Brennan, Olive Brennan, Bridin Brennan (vocals); Anthony Drennan (acoustic & electric guitars, dobro); Greg Boland (electric guitar); Donal Lunny (acoustic & electric bouzouki, bodhran, keyboards); Martin O'Connor (button accordion); Calum Malcolm (keyboards, synthesizer); James Delaney (keyboards); Nico Bruce (acoustic bass); Eoghan O'Neill (bass); Nigel Thomas (drums, percussion); Noel Eccles (percussion); Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
Producers: Calum Malcolm, Donal Lunny, Davy Spillane, Greg Boland, The Blue Nile.
Engineers: Calum Malcolm, Colin Boland, Ciaran Byrne.
Recorded at Castle Sound Studio, Pencaitland, Scotland; Burrenstone Studio, County Clare, Ireland; Windmill Lane Studio, Dublin, Ireland.
Like the work of Clannad, the folk-rock group Maire Brennan has fronted since the early '70s, MISTY EYED ADVENTURES strategically melds elements of contemporary pop with traditional Celtic melodies and textures. The follow-up to her solo debut MAIRE, ADVENTURES continues in the same passionate, minor-key vein, creating sonic atmospheres that give rise to visions of enchanted forests and cold, deserted seascapes. Shimmering vocal choruses pass like ghosts through arrangements that include harp, hand drums, dobro, button accordion, and whistles, while lyrics about dancing, love, and the forces of nature wed Brennan's regional-mystical affinities perfectly to the music.
Percolating polyrhythms characterize songs like "The Watchman," while elsewhere, more traditional numbers (like the drum and vocal "Heroes," sung in Gaelic) appear amid wistful ballads and songs that demonstrate Brennan's facility with pop (a version of Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi"). On the whole, ADVENTURES is varied and progressive, yet also true to its Celtic roots, and should appeal to both traditionalists and pop fans.