The Voice Squad's album Holly Wood that was originally released
in 1988 has now been released on the Tara Music label. This album
was largely recorded in the 1000-year-old St. Kevin's church in
Hollywood in Co. Wicklow, whose acoustics give an extra special
aura to the recording.
The Voice Squad are a vocal group (a cappella) who
sing songs in a very old, very traditional manner; unaccompanied.
They are Phil Callery, Fran McPhail and Gerry Cullen and together
their voices mix in the most beautiful way.
Holly Wood includes songs such as 'I am Stretched on Your Grave',
'Jimmy Murphy', and 'The Brown and Yellow Ale', once a favourite of
James Joyce. This album is for those who like traditional music in
a different vein. Holly Wood is a perfect gift for Christmas for loved
ones, or just for yourself.
"The relationship they have is between all
of them. Nobody projects. Nobody is on an ego trip, There is unison,
One-Voice. And what a voice, a trilogy, three voices in one; but
that single voice has a breadth and a timbre which no one person
can issue. That voice has taken years to perfect, for though, from
the moment they began to sing together they knew they had something
Kevin Myers - The Irish Times
"Three ice-clear mountain streams fusing into
a surging river of harmony - no accompaniment, no trimming, no distraction
from the intensity and passion of these three iron-bar voices."
"Three of the finest Irish male voices come together in
harmony to create a classic, unadulterated recording of beautiful
traditional songs, sung a cappella with passion and emotion."
Mairead Ni Mhaoinigh - Altan
"No higher recommendation can I give it except to say that
those who don't listen to it will be the poorer for it. Stunning."
Oliver Sweeney - Hotpress
Though particularly relevant at Christmas time, this harmonious
trio and their music will, as this album attests, endure for all