Angels Without Wings (Compass Records, 2013)
Heidi Talbot, the Irish singer gifted with one of the loveliest voices in the current Celtic music scene, has just released this album titled Angels Without Wings. The musical arrangements take her in various directions. Even though there are still elements of traditional Irish and Scottish traditional music, Angels Without Wings incorporates Americana, country, bluegrass, pop and even a Parisian feel.
Talbot invited some of the finest musicians in the Celtic scene. They add occasional inspired touches on the accordion, flute and fiddle, but the vocals are the focus of the album. Guests include renowned guitarist Mark Knopfler, bluegrass icon Tim O’Brien, and her usual collaborators, John McCusker (fiddle), Ian Carr (guitars), Phil Cunningham (accordion), Michael McGoldrick (flutes/whistles), James Mackintosh (percussion), Boo Hewerdine (acoustic guitar) and Ewan Vernal (bass).
Highlights include ‘The Loneliest’ with its great vocal duo and memorable flute, the outstanding ‘When the Roses Come Again’ and the beautiful and melancholic “MySister the Moon.’
With Angels Without Wings, Heidi Talbot showcases her vocal skills with her sweet and tender voice and her talent as songwriter with a collection of her own original compositions.