The Angels' Share

The Angels' Share

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The Angels' Share describes its sound as "ultra harmonic music from somewhere in the Celtic mists", although the group does include the occasional rowdy, funky or just plain weird selection in their repertoire.

Biography

Lisa's resume includes the critically acclaimed Celtic Fringe as well as several years with the Rollins College Chapel Choir, from which then co-worker Gerry Wolfson-Grande plucked her and asked her the immortal question: "Wanna play in a band?" Lisa combines her classical and jazz training with her love of the western Scottish home of her ancestors to produce a unique musical style, including her own original songs.
Although any possible Celtic roots are lost in the mists of time, Gerry, a former classical violinist who suddenly found herself singing in the Rollins College Chapel Choir, has managed to involve herself in Celtic music for over twenty years, including competitive Scottish fiddling as well as Celtic Fringe and A Bevie of Scots. Gerry is primarily responsible for the majority of the group's arrangements, and occasionally manages an original song or two. She has also collaborated on several of the group’s original compositions, contributing lyrics to Lisa’s haunting original tunes.Our specialty is close, almost interchangeable harmonies applied not only to existing Scots-Irish songs but to our original music in the Celtic style.

Lyrics

Memory the Magician

Written By: Gerry Wolfson-Grande, music/Philip J. Wolfson, lyrics

Many have claimed to see into the future
But no man can know the whole truth of the past.
In the ordinary course of nature
Each living moment dies into the last;
Each living moment dies into the last.

Memory loves laughter; sadness and pain
Won't keep; when villainous fortune beats us down,
We can relive small triumphs and regain
The will, the heart, to climb back on our own;
The will, the heart, to climb back on our own.

Thus memory sustains us to redeem
A fading image, conjure up its essence;
In truth, the past is not quite as we see it;
Memory holds intact a cherished presence.

When mind and body fail, memory revives
A sweeter vision of our vanished lives.

Many have claimed to see into the future
But no man can know the whole truth of the past.
In the ordinary course of nature
Each living moment dies into the last;
Each living moment dies into the last.

Standing Stones

Written By: Lisa McIntyre, music/Gerry Wolfson-Grande, lyrics

Wings of twilight brush across the heather,
Silver mists trailing in their wake;
Greys and purples dapple on the surface of the stones,
looming dark and still,
Wrapped in glowering silence
on the hill,
Impervious to the weather’s will
Standing stones.

Ancients caught by a bold enchanter
frozen in their timeless dance;
Doomed to wait and watch as the world passes
The seasons turn, but the stones stand fast
Ensnared by the arcane blast
to endure as long time shall last
Forever stones.

In my dreams, I return yet again
to a place where time pools still;
The dark history, and boundless mystery,
Deep in the bones
of the stones.

Skimming across the velvet darkness,
A lone kestrel sends its cry aloft
In haunting echoes through the bluestone circle
where the giants wait impatiently
For the end of eternity
Till the day that they will be free –
From the stones.

Discography

Our premiere CD, "A Wee Dram", recorded at Newtonville Sound in Deltona, Florida, is available for purchase by contacting the band.

Set List

Our sets tend to be anywhere from 50 to 75 minutes, depending on the venue and the audience; if everyone's having a great time, dancing away, we'll go for the longer set! The songs include traditional Irish and Scottish vocals and instrumentals; songs from the newer Scots-Irish folk sound such as the Clancy Brothers, Capercaille, Cherish the Ladies, Dougie McLean and Silly Wizard; music with a New Age, ethereal sound; and our own original songs.