"Glamourie is a local super-group of musicians." --Kevin Vance, KALW
Glamourie is an old Scottish word that means enchantment. In its original sense, to “put the glamour” on someone was to truly bewitch them. It’s easy to see the transition to the modern sense of the word, glamour, which suggests the ability to spellbind with beauty. The Glamourie gals joke that, as women of a certain age, they’ll take any association with glamour they can get! Glamourie’s cast, Shira Kammen, Patrice Haan and Celia Ramsay, are all from the East Bay. Shira Kammen is a multi-instrumentalist and recording artist who has spent well over half her life exploring the worlds of early and traditional music, revered as an ensemble musician and teacher of early music, violin and its medieval cousin, vielle. Patrice Haan is a vocalist, Celtic harper and songwriter, who also performs elegant jazz standards with husband, Tony Marcus, as Leftover Dreams, and is a remarkable solo recording artist with four albums of her own original songs. Celia Ramsay is known for her haunting renditions of Scottish traditional music, as well as her jazzy original songs and lyrical renditions of jazz standards. Together, they are a compelling trio of voices.
Singer's Request - Celia Ramsay and Shay Black's new collaborative album is available for sale!
The album proudly includes instrumental support from John Doyle, Liz Carroll, Michael Black, Patrice Haan, Charlie Hancock, Eamonn Flynn, David Morris, David Brewer and Rebecca Lomnicky and vocal harmonies on some songs from Shay's family: niece Róisín, sisters Mary and Frances, and brothers Michael and Martin.
“I have been listening over and over to this beautiful work of art - Singer’s Request. Celia Ramsay and Shay Black’s voices are lovely together (Ramsay’s voice is GORGEOUS), and the production, variety and song order are simply fabulous. It is wonderful and I am happy there is such awesome work out in the world. What a fun and beautiful CD to listen to. Congratulations on a beauty!” –Libby McLaren
Shay Black is the eldest brother of Ireland's well-loved Black Family. He is revered in the San Francisco Bay Area as a song-catcher and teaches classes in song repertory when he and his brother, Michael, aren't following their busy performance schedule as The Black Brothers. He has appeared on numerous recordings, including In Harmony’s Way, and hosts the Sunday night Irish seísun at the Starry Plow in Berkeley. Celia and Shay have been singing together at music camps and song circles for many years.
"Here is a bit of music art with messages relevant in both traditional Celtic and modern society, at once beautiful, thought provoking and fun. Song catchers Shay and Celia have assembled songs that express the spectrum of the human condition from the heart of the traditional genre. The selections of music also cover a wide range of the Celtic spectrum of time and space – Scotland, Ireland and U.S. traditional music whose roots are in both...
Humorous references to well-weathered shanty-men aside, Shay's earthy tenor gives the collection a tonal context consistent with these themes, however, the strength of women are also in these songs, especially in the lovely contralto of Celia Ramsay. In many genres, especially modern popular music, too many male and female singers sound alike. Too many sopranos sound like children, particularly in choirs. Too many folk, country and other types of singers are unremarkable, with narrow ranges, no depth, or uniqueness. They are shallow, two dimensional like a piece of paper and too often their music is the same. There is nothing distinct about them. It is rare to hear a rich, sultry contralto, particularly a strong, beautiful voice like Celia Ramsay's." -Tony Becker