Well has been captivating Southern California audiences for over ten years
with their elegant, acoustic arrangements of traditional Celtic music. The
duo is composed of two versatile musicians: Barbary Grant on vocals, Irish
harp, piano, and fretted dulcimer, and Aimee Aul on flute, backing vocals,
recorder, and pennywhistle. Their musical collaboration as well as their
friendship began in the mid 1980's when they met as undergraduates in the
Music Department at Cal State Fullerton. Since that time they have moved
from classical repertoire to the rich heritage of traditional Celtic
of the treats about a Brigit's Well performance is listening to the many
pieces sung in Irish, Scots Gaelic and Manx. Barbary began studying these
languages in the mid 1990s as she was researching and arranging music for
the duo�s self-titled debut CD.
"Taking the time to learn lyrics in their native
languages shows my respect for this music and its heritage," she
explains. "And we want to be taken seriously by even the most
hardcore Celtic-music lovers." Barbary�s efforts won her first
place in the sean n�s competition at the 1998 Great American Irish Fair.
(Sean n�s - which means "old style" in Irish - is a highly
ornamented style of traditional a cappella singing.)
think this music is especially approachable for Americans too," adds
Aimee. "So much of our own folk music tradition comes directly from
Ireland and Scotland; it's not that much of a leap for Americans to really
connect emotionally to this music."
Brigit's Well is the duo's homage to one of the most important bridging
figures between Pagan and Christian Celtic traditions. In Ireland, St.
Brigit is called "the Mary of the Gael" and is second in
importance only to St. Patrick. Both pagan goddess and 6th
century saint, she is a matron of healing, smithcraft and poetry; she is
lauded by the poets as the mistress of inspiration and prophecy. Her
primacy within Britain and Ireland is marked by the many springs, wells,
and rivers dedicated to her. Brigit is believed to make the world soft
again after winter, by dipping her hand into waters on her Feast Day of
February 1. Aimee and Barbary hope that their music will reflect Brigit's
gentle inspiration and creative spirit.