Quotes

We are with a poet singing her own song - "In winter from dark to light I celebrate" - on a constant quest for the nameless, the doráite (the unutterable) at the heart of things. 

Professor Ronald Schuchard 
Emory University, Atlanta. 

 

"From the outset the music was haunting and so sensitive to your well crafted words a collaboration that brought me to so many different places in my mind and heart, the imagery was so potent. Some lines had a particular resonance for instance in Iris Garden  ' the breath between us' and 'open to the sun and they lean against a wall, are naked' brought thoughts of vulnerability and delicacy.

In 'Hawthorn on the High Road, 'and rowans on the lawn carry and shelter linnet and thrush' thoughts of comfort. Poppies in Dominic Street 'streaks of light alert you again and again to a silence' and 'and 'mad with light' is joyous and reminds me of Turner and his passion for light. The cello sounds in Culleenamore, Daughter in July Downpour and The Iris Garden for me were particularly moving. 'The Journey' conjured up visions of making one's way through many landscapes."

Anne Harkin-Petersen:  www.aharkinpetersen.com

 

"Two voices, two languages: the emotive voice of Joan McBreen and the mellifluous voice of The Contempo Quartet weave a hypnotic spell that, seamlessly, merges the poetry and the music, banishing time as you lose yourself in the magic."

Pat Mullan: www.patmullan.com

 

"The instrumental music is amazing in itself, perfectly setting the tone for each poem and then subsiding in the background  to pay homage to the hearing of every word of every poem as your crisp, clear, reflective voice comes forward from the music. I thought that Yeats would have applauded this perfect collaboration of poet and musicians. The poem in memory of Seamus, and the metaphor for the effect of his poems on you, "a field of poppies, mad with light," is very moving as the programme moves in and out of music and poems towards the magical conclusion of "The Mountain Ash."  

Professor Ronald Schuchard 
Emory University, Atlanta. 

 

"...the effort to match music and poems so often fails because the music of the poem is lost as the singer or musician overpowers it.  You and your collaborators have found the perfect solution of bringing music and poems together in a way that both feel larger and more themselves."

Ted Deppe