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France Ellul Spirits of the Sea


France Ellul -
Celtic harp, piano, voice, low whistle, temple bells
Chris Conway -
keyboards, acoustic 9 string guitar, nylon string guitar, tin & low whistles, bamboo flute, voice, zither, kalimba, theremin, percussion
Georgina Sear - voice 1, 5, 9



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1
Siren Song

2

Clear Skies

3

The Deep
4
Sunset
5
Paradise Island
6
Cloud Dance
7
The Maelstrom
8
On The Wing
9
Spirits of the Sea / Siren's Song (reprise)


France Ellul & Chris Conway
A siren, the sea and the sky spirits.
Atmospheric instrumental music featuring Celtic harp, Irish flutes, guitars, keyboards, zithers and more.


background
France met Chris Conway at a music convention, they played together impromptu with such an obvious affinity that Chris played on France's 1st CD The Seven Harps of Avalon and joined the Harps of Avalon soon afterwards playing at numerous festivals all over the UK. The two met again when they performed with new age stars Llewellyn and Juliana.

When Chris became producer on this, France's 1st album for the Paradise Music label, the two of them worked as if it was a duo album - France came up with melody ideas, and Chris created the general ambient layered sound and arrangements.

It was a surprise to both of Chris and France just how good an album they had made - it came together very quickly and the combination of sounds and atmospheres are really stunning.


hear all the tracks on youtube

influences
Alan Stivell, Robin Williamson, An Triskell, Paul Winter


trivia
2, 3, 4, 8 by France Ellul
1, 6, 7, 9 by France Ellul & Chris Conway
5 by Chris Conway

Total time 50.17
Produced by Chris Conway

The album sold well and they went on to make another together two - Spirits of the Moon, and Spirits of the Forest (with Govannen)

It was suggested at one time to issue it as a duo album but Chris had brought out a lot of albums that same year so it was put out as a France Ellul album.


track by track

1. Siren's Song (Ellul & Conway)
The siren sits on the shore. Where the land meets the sea is a special place, especially mysterious at night. The siren sings to herself. No-one hears her song except the spirits of the sea and the sky.

France Ellul - celtic harp, voice
Chris Conway - keyboards, low whistle, voice, kalimba, percussion


2. Clear Skies (Ellul)
The sea and sky are enthralled by the siren's song and vie for her attention. The sky spirit creates a stunning clear blue sky. Chris's trademark low whistle solo sounds as clear as the air itself. The siren enjoys the sky spirit's work.

France Ellul - celtic harp
Chris Conway - keyboards, acoustic 9 string guitar, tin & low whistles


3. The Deep
(Ellul)
Knowing the siren likes mystery the sea spirit conjures up tales of the deep, rising from the depths where shipwrecks and strange creatures dwell. Piano and zither tell the story.

France Ellul - piano, temple bells
Chris Conway - keyboards, zither, bamboo flute


4. Sunset (Ellul)
The sky spirit, not to be outdone, creates an enchanting sunset display. France's harp traces its setting to the very last moment as it sinks below the ocean. The siren watches, enraptured.

France Ellul - celtic harp
Chris Conway - keyboards


5. Paradise Island (Conway)
The sea spirit excels himself and offers up a beautiful tropical island. The siren is delighted and makes her way to the island and sings with joy.

France Ellul - celtic harp
Chris Conway - keyboards, acoustic nylon string guitar, percussion
Georgina Sear - voice

6. Cloud Dance (Ellul & Conway)
The sky spirit, watching from above, makes the clouds dance gracefully in the sky, creating beautiful patterns to lure the siren from the tropical paradise.

France Ellul - celtic harp
Chris Conway - keyboards


7. The Maelstrom (Ellul & Conway)
The siren announces she is most delighted with the efforts of the sea and sky spirits and offers to spend some time with them. First she takes them both to the Maelstrom, showing them her magical domain.

France Ellul - celtic harp, low whistle, temple bells
Chris Conway - keyboards, theremin


8. Flying (Ellul)
Then she changes into her seabird form and flies through the air with the sky spirit.

France Ellul - celtic harp
Chris Conway - tin & low whistles, keyboards


9. Spirits of the Sea / Siren's Song (reprise) (Ellul & Conway)
The siren then plunges into the water to swim with the sea spirits. Finally, she takes her leave of both sea and sky spirits, singing her beautiful mesmerising song as she returns to the shore.

France Ellul - celtic harp, voice
Chris Conway - keyboards, acoustic 9 string guitar, low whistle, percussion, kalimba, voice
Georgina Sear - voice



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