Oona McOuat’s music has been referred to as “Eco-Celtic”, which I really liked as a descriptor for her sound. Others might place her in the world music category. A dreamy, yearning sound runs as if an undercurrent throughout much of the CD. The subjects of the songs here seem to have been chosen for their appeal to the heart and soul. They are perfect for those who want to be transported out of the day-to-day, into the realm of a better world. Soothing would be a word I would associate with the overall sound of the tracks on this album.
Here you will hear a cover of “Woodstock” which McOuat has most definitely made her own. You will also be treated to songs like “Africa” and “Drowsy Maggie”. Many of the songs are infused with a hopeful feeling, and the uplifting sound of the music is both relaxing and inspiring. McOuat has a very pretty voice that is clear as a bell and it rings out with sincerity and truth.
Influences here include African, Hawaiian and even Latin, creating an eclectic, world music mood. McOuat also utilizes her instrument, the harp, to punctuate for her on some of the tracks and it’s quite lovely. If you enjoy the likes of Enya and Loreena McKennitt you will probably find this CD should belong in your collection.
Catherine L. Tully specializes in writing about the arts, lifestyle and travel. She is the Owner of 4dancers, a blog for those who love dance, and Editor for Freelance-Zone, an award-winning site for freelance writers. Catherine also reviews music for Celtic MP3s Music Magazine.