Whispering Tides Album is by Kate Dowman, the Celtic and Classical soprano.
Her debut album, released on the 17th of November 2017, is made up of fourteen traditional folk songs from Kate’s native Isle of Man.
The self-governing British Crown dependency is located in the Irish Sea. The island, measuring 221 sq miles ( 572 km2 ), is first thought to have been colonised before 6500 BC by fishermen and Hunter-gatherers. Today with a population of slightly over 83,300, the two Isle of Man official languages are Manx and English with the British and Manx pounds used as currency on the island.
The songs featured on Whispering Tides are sung in Manx Gaelic. The language, now rarely heard or recorded by artists, is only spoken fluently by a small minority of the island’s population. Today, Manx Gaelic is on the UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger list.
The Whispering Tides album was recorded with a grant and expert advice by Culture Vannin, who support and promote Manx culture.
Production for the album was by Chris Craker, the English producer, musician and conductor. Chris studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, focusing on the clarinet. He went on to play the instrument professionally with world famous orchestras like the London Symphony and the Royal Philharmonic. As a conductor, he worked on some West End musicals, including Chess, written by ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, along with Tim Rice, the Grammy Award-winning lyricist. Chris has produced for some of the most significant stars in classical music including Murray Perahia, John Williams, Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Viktoria Mullova and Barbara Bonney.
Whispering Tides represents a lifelong ambition for Kate to bring the traditional songs of Isle of Man that are hundreds of years old to a broader audience and by singing in Manx Gaelic, she is helping to keep the language alive.
The album’s atmospheric feel has been compared to the work of Enya. She has received praise by many critics, John Brunning, a presenter of the British radio station, Classic FM, said of the album: ” Kate transports you to a magical place with her beautiful voice and lyrical Manx Gaelic songs. Drift away and forget your cares. “
The first track on the album is The Sea Invocation ( Geay Jeh’n Aer ). The women of Peel, a small fishing port on the Isle of Man, would sing the song as their husbands set out to sea to fish, lyrically it asks for the fishermen to be kept safe. Kate commented on her website that ” As a song, I love its strength and urgency, especially in contrast to the gentleness of many of the other Manx folksongs. “
About Kate Dowman
Kate Dowman is a classical soprano. Born on the Isle of Man, Kate began reading music at the University of Leeds and went on to train in opera in Sydney, Australia.
Now based in London, England, she works as a freelance artist and has worked with various opera companies around the world including Opera Holland Park.
She has also supported Aled Jones on his Celtic tour and performed in front of Madonna, the British Prime Minister and the Mayor of London.
Her tours have taken in Tokyo, Bangkok, Spain, Buenos Aires, China and St. Petersburg, with venues like Cadogan Hall, Sydney Opera House, Tate Britain, Royal Academy of Art. She has also performed on a ship in Antarctica.
In addition to singing the works of other composers, Kate is a gifted lyricist in her own right, with inspiration for much of her writing coming from traditional Celtic music and legends. Today Kate tours the world performing Opera, Celtic and Sacred music; she is also the resident opera singer at the Selfridges store in Oxford Street, London.
Whispering Tides Track Listing:
1. The Sea Invocation
2. Son of the Sea
3. Little Red Bird
4. Song of the Travellers
5. A Sea Vision
6. Manannan Song
7. The Parting Hour
8. Slumber Song
9. A Ship Sailing
10. The Fairy Washing Song
11. Lullaby of the Virgin Mary
12. Love of My Heart
13. The Secret Island
14. Ellan Vannin