- reviewed by Christa Banister Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2006 1 Jan
- Ag Criost An tSiol
- Fields of Glentown
- O'Keefe's Slide
- Crosses of Annagh
- The Silver Spear
- Toss the Feathers
- Palm Sunday/Atholl Highlander
- Glasgow Reel
- Coppers & Brass/The Gander in the Pratie Hole/Merrily Kiss the Quaker
- Miss McLeod's Reel
- Farewell to Ireland
- Let All Mortal Flesh
- Taimse Im' Chodloch
Nashville has long been known as "Music City," but even then, not many would immediately think of it as a place where Christian Celtic music thrives. But if The Blair Band has anything to say about it, well, that's all about to change.
Instead of embracing a musical style that's already been done countless times, The Blair Band forged its own path in hopes that audiences would be able to experience the joys of music that's "happy, passionate, and celebratory," much like The Irish themselves.
Comprised of Ric Blair, his wife Yun (whom he jokingly says is from "Far Eastern Ireland"), Patrick D'Arcy (a Dublin native), Jeff Durham and Kim Haller, The Blair Band utilizes authentic Irish instruments like the Celtic fiddle, the Irish pennywhistle, and the uilleann pipe. But in order to bridge the gap for those not familiar with those more unconventional timbres, The Blair Band's music also provides a slice of Beatles-influenced rock 'n' roll, particularly evident on the spirited "Fields of Glentown" and the energetic strains of "O'Keefe's Slide."
"We believe that 2,000 years ago a person was born into this world by the name of Jesus Christ that changed the world unlike anyone ever before or since," Blair says on his official website. "500 years before He was born over 300 prophecies were written about His life. Most of these prophecies were so specific that it is impossible that it could have occurred accidentally. Some of these include His Virgin birth, birth in a remote town Bethlehem, sacrificial death, crucifixion, and bodily resurrection. We believe there is more evidence to substantiate the historical reliability of the Bible than any history book ever written. We believe that Jesus is indeed the Son of God as He claimed to be and that He is alive today."
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