Our new album, Celtic Psalms: Rest in the Shelter, will come out in the Spring of 2018. If you’d like to pre-order it, the links are below!
In the third installment of psalms set to Celtic melodies, Kiran Young Wimberly and the McGraths come together once again to lift up life’s joys, laments, and hopes in soulful song. If you’ve appreciated the first two albums of Celtic Psalms and if you’d like to order the third volume in advance, we invite you to pre-order your copy now!
Kiran Young Wimberly is an American Presbyterian minister who has spent much of the past decade in Northern Ireland. While living and serving in the Belfast area, she became an avid fan of Irish traditional music and wished she could see more of this style of music in the context of worship. She began arranging psalms, her long-time favorite section of scripture, to Irish and Scottish melodies. Desiring to link up with local musicians in recording the songs, she asked the talented musical family The McGraths of Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, and Dónal O’Connor of RedBox Recording, Belfast, to collaborate with her in creating this music. They recorded their first album in 2013 and their second in 2015. Their music has been featured on RTE televised Sunday services as well as the BBC documentary on hymnwriting in Northern Ireland entitled “Then Sings My Soul.” In 2017, GIA Publications released full scores/choral versions of Volumes 1 and 2 to encourage congregational use of these songs, and Celtic Psalms was asked to share their arrangements in Calvin Worship Symposium’s Vespers service. In the summer of 2018, Celtic Psalms will lead a workshop at the Hymn Society’s annual conference in St. Louis.
Why do we want to keep recording more Celtic Psalms? The psalms are such a powerful way to offer up our joys and sorrows, hopes and fears before God, and since we began making this music, we have heard that the combination of the poignant words of the psalms with soulful Celtic melodies provides a healing balm for many. We believe that music reaches the heart in ways words alone cannot. By continuing to make more of this music, we continue to invite people to be honest about their deeper emotions before a God who listens compassionately.
We’re excited to share this new album with you.