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Posted by on Dec 10, 2010 in Featured, Music, Reviews | 26 comments

Stairway to Heaven on the Celtic Harp?

Leave it to Anne Roos to bring us something completely unexpected on the Celtic harp. Both of her two new CDs break from traditional harp tunes and take us to the world of modern popular music.

Anne Roos' Blue Jeans Celtic Harp CDIn “Blue Jeans: Modern Pop on the Celtic Hart,” Anne plays her most requested songs from the 1950s to present. These are the tunes we seem to inherently know and can’t resist singing and humming along with.

The CD is packed with 22 songs originally performed by greats such as Sting, Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton and James Taylor to name a few.

“Unchained Melody” and “Killing Me Softly” are particularly well-suited for the Celtic harp. For a real treat though, her version of Metalica’s “The Unforgiven” and “I’ll be There,” the song made famous by a young Michael Jackson, may turn up as surprise favorites.

Anne Roos' Velvet Celtic Harp CDFor “Velvet: Timeless Standards on the Solo Harp,” Anne turns her strings to modern classic tunes from Broadway and Hollywood. Hearing how effortlessly they seem to transfer to the Celtic harp serves as a testament to the skill of some of the finest songwriters of this Century… including Gershwin, Porter, Rodgers and Mancini, combined with the skill of Anne Roos herself.

With 25 classics, Anne is on her way to translating the American Songbook to the Celtic harp. And who doesn’t stop in their tracks upon hearing the first chords of “Strangers in the Night,” “When I Fall in Love,” “As Time Goes By” and “That’s Amoré!”

Get a new perspective of Celtic harp music with a listen to “You Belong to Me,” “Ain’t Misbehavin'” and “Love is Here to Stay.” Or give yourself a real challenge… try not singing along when you hear Anne play “Moon River.”

Both CDs are available at Anne’s website

Celtic Harp Music Giveaway

Anne has included ALL SIX of her Celtic harp CDs in our Holiday Giveaway . You can enter to win by leaving a comment on this post or visiting Anne on Facebook and letting her know you spotted her on the Irish Fireside.

Congratulations! December 10th’s CD went to Karen B for her comment on our Passport with Purpose post.

Congratulations! December 14th’s CD went to Ruth Kuehn for her comment on our review of Anne’s CDs.

Congratulations! December 16th’s CD went to Jeff Coyle. He interacted with us on Twitter.

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  1. Wow, these sound like excellent cds! Thank you for introducing and recommending them.

  2. I’m going to have to add these to my gift suggestion list!!

  3. Love the Irish Harp – in fact I am wearing one right now on my sweatshirt! Would really like to have one of the CDs (Velvet) for my Irish/Celtic CD collection!

  4. Awesome! Oldies with a celtic twist? That would be my perfect music. Being from the “oldies era” and being a modern celtic music fan. I can’t think of a better mix! I’m forever in blue jeans too!

  5. The Unforgiven? I’m sold!

  6. Lennon on the harp! Very cool

  7. More music should be done in this fashion spread the Irish culture around as well as making music that is relevant to todays age, but some great music to be had on these Cd’s.

  8. This is fantastic. Anyone who can take a rock legends songs,play it on a HARP,& make it sound the way she does, deserves a thousand kuddos..

  9. Man, these would go great with my growing eclectic Celtic Harp collection. Can’t wait to hear these classics done on the harp.

  10. Yep, been playing Stairway on celtic harp for years now.

  11. The music sounds wonderful!

  12. I hadn’t heard of Annie Roos until Irish Fireside posted a video using Annie’s wonderful music as background. I fell in love with her music immediately. I’ve listened to her samples and I love the CDs that come with the little illustrated books. As soon as I had checked her out I put a PostEm on my fridge listing her as a Wish List gift. I don’t think my hubby reads the fridge. :( Maybe. Crossing fingers. I digress as usual. I love Celtic harp music and Annie stands out as a unique and gifted talent.

  13. I visited Ann’s Facebook page and went to the page with music samples. A Light in the Forest looks enchanting. I read that a booklet comes with it to explain all the forest inhabitants. That draws me in Even more. I love reading tales of tradition!

  14. If I win this… I will play it over and over in the rental car on our next trip to Ireland.

  15. Love it!! thanks for the samples…adding to my Christmas List! HoHoHo

  16. I love Celtic Harp music – I can’t wait to go home and sample it. I can’t hear it on my work computer but I will definitely try to go to your site tonight to hear it.

  17. This would be great to play by the fireside on a cold, winter’s day! Perfect for warming you right back up! :) Oh, and BTW: Thanks for the shard jewelry gift certificate! Love it!

  18. I’m pretty sure there is room in my cd tower for one more….and this sounds most intriguing.

  19. Wow these CD’s are awesome.

  20. When I heard the small piece of “Fields of Gold” on one of your posts I felt my heart melt! One of my favorite songs and very personal! I think Stairway to Heaven would be great too! Unfortunately hubby didn’t read my fridge and see my wish list so I didn’t get an Anne Roos CD for Christmas. Still wanting one….badly…..really badly….. ;)

  21. “Fields of Gold”, now you’ve got me humming that tune!

    There couldn’t be any more beautiful music than a harp!

    I’ll be dreaming about that music the rest of the night!

  22. These giveaways usually cost me money since I sometimes end up buying when I don’t win :-)

  23. Some lovely Celtic harp music would surely make the upcoming tax season go a bit smoother for me. ;)

  24. The music sounds great. Include me in the giveaway!


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