Alan Simon – Excalibur – The Ladies of the Lake (Babaika Productions/Cherry Red, 2018)
The Ladies of the Lake is an anthology of songs featured in the highly successful Excalibur series by French composer Alan Simon.
The album includes the female artists that appeared in various Excalibur recordings, some of the biggest names in the Celtic and England folk music scene: Moya Brennan (Ireland), Maddy Prior (England), Karan Casey (Ireland), Kohann (Brittany, France), Siobhan Owen (Australia), Jacqui McShee (England), Nikki Matheson (Canada), and Maite Itoiz (Spain); as well as iconic English progressive rock vocalist, Sonja Kristina (Curved Air).
The Excalibur albums combine symphonic, Celtic, pop and rock influences. Rather than traditional folk music, The Ladies of the Lake focuses on songs that have a wider commercial appeal, between pop and light classical with Celtic music touches.
The Ladies of the Lake presents a superb group of highly expressive women with distinctive vocal skills.