Kate Price is a very talented Celtic musician who has produced two
wonderful albums which are both Pagan and mystical in theme. Her
style is reminiscent of Loreena McKennitt with a little more of
a traditional flavor. Almost all the songs she does deal with themes
that would appeal to mystically-minded or Pagan individuals, though
only one- “The Journey On”, refers directly to the Goddess.
There are songs about ancient peoples and holy sites, ghost stories,
otherworldly lovers of various kinds, and the role of women as peacemakers
in society ( “Peaceweavers”).
Heart’s Core begins with “Labyrinth”, a very beautiful song that
was apparently written for a wedding or handfasting but also invokes
the timeless union between God and Goddess. Kate Price has also
done some very powerful adaptions of “Celtic Mystical” poetry including
William Butler Yeats “The Stolen Child” (on The Time Between ) and
Robert Hillyer’s “So Ghostly Then The Girl Came In” (on Deep Heart’s
latter is a very moving account of a man’s encounter with his own
Anima or Female Self, a concept familiar to many spiritual traditions.There
are also some instrumental pieces, both traditional and modern,
including some very nice Hammered Dulcimer pieces.The
instrumental pieces contain Latin American and Eastern European
as well as Celtic influences.
Price started out primarily as a traditional Celtic musician specializing
in the Hammered Dulcimer, and her first album, Belaich an’ Doran
( now out of print) is definitely worth owning if you can find it.