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.
"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 special."
"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."
"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."
Though particularly relevant at Christmas time, this harmonious trio and their music will, as this album attests, endure for all seasons.