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Press Release Dec 2015

‘Celtic Psalms: The Lord’s My Shepherd,’ is a second album by Kiran Young Wimberly and the McGrath family. Comprised of Biblical Psalms set to traditional Irish and Scottish melodies, and recorded in Belfast, ‘Celtic Psalms’ is intended not only for meditative listening but to encourage the use of traditional music in worship, across community divides. A reflective and uplifting collection, ‘Celtic Psalms’ was produced by renowned multi-instrumentalist Dónal O’Connor of the respected Belfast bands ‘At First Light’ and ‘Ulaid.’

Kiran Young Wimberly is an American Presbyterian minister who lived in Belfast, Northern Ireland, for over six years until 2013. While serving in congregational and ecumenical ministry in Northern Ireland, Kiran pursued her keen interest in Irish/Scottish traditional song and its connection to spiritual life. Joining the Belfast Trad singing class and the Belfast Singing Circle, Kiran discovered a wealth of traditional airs and tunes from these lands. Over time, she put together a collection of melodies that she believes are particularly suited for use in worship, and paired them with the sacred words of the Psalms.

Upon completing the arrangements, Kiran asked the McGraths, a family from Dungannon, Co. Tyrone with a heavenly yet natural acoustic sound, to join her in recording these Psalms in a traditional/folk style that would be inspiring for personal listening and meaningful for worship. Kiran approached Dónal O’Connor, the highly sought-after producer and fiddle prodigy, to produce and contribute musically to the collection, and together they created an album with soaring Celtic melodies, rich harmonies, and traditional-style instrumentation – a soothing and refreshing version of the Psalms that is both impressive and accessible. They produced their first ‘Celtic Psalms’ album in 2013, and since then their music was featured on Irish national television as well as the BBC documentary, ‘Then Sings My Soul.’ They released their second album in December 2015.

‘Celtic Psalms: The Lord’s My Shepherd’ promises to be a long-standing resource for meditation and worship, with timeless wisdom grounded by ancient airs. With its delicate harmonies and instrumentation, this album evokes the Celtic landscapes of Ireland and Scotland with sincerity, integrity and tenderness, and offers a healing balm much needed in today’s world.