- Released: February 22, 2000
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
Personnel: Phil Coulter (piano); Aoife (vocals); Ivan Gilliland (guitar, mandolin); Frank Gallagher (fiddle, viola, whistles); Alison Hood (cello); Catherine Mary Clancy (harp); Pat Fitzpatrick (bagpipes); Dermot Byrne (button key accordion); David L. Cooke (keyboards, synthesizer); Roy Arbuckle, Noel Bridgeman (drums); Steven Matier, Brenden Monaghan, Rory McCarron, Kevin Sharkey (percussion); Phil Callery, Gerry Cullen, Fran McPhail (background vocals); The New Age Chamber Orchestra, Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band.
Recorded at Westland Studios, Dublin, Ireland in November and December 1999.
HIGHLAND CATHEDRAL was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best New Age Album.
Phil Coulter's Highland Cathedral collects more of his lush Celtic fusion pieces, which blend traditional instruments such as uilleann pipes, whistles, piano, accordion, and strings with contemporary-sounding synths. "Our Island Barque," "Going Home," and "The Enchanted Glen" define the album's lilting, relaxing feel, and Aoife's delicate vocals on "If These Stones Could Speak" and the title track add another soothing, ethereal dimension to Highland Cathedral, an album that will please Coulter fans as well as anyone fond of atmospheric, new age-inspired Celtic music. ~ Heather Phares