Fri, May 24, 2002 - Page 8 News List

Fusion of Celtic vibes

By Gavin Phipps  /  STAFF REPORTER

Since appearing with the Celtic-influenced new age act, Orison, on the

band's 1990 Celtic & Contem, guitarist William Coulter has gone to develop

his own unique style of new age music based upon many varied forms of

traditional music. So varied are the musical styles called on by Coulter, in

fact, that many of his creations have proven impossible to categorize. Since

going it alone in the early 1990s, Coulter's music has been dubbed

everything from simply "new age" to the more sublime "new acoustic" and more

recently "Celtic fusion."

Whatever critics and fans alike choose to dub the guitarists' music, there

can be no denying the originality of many of his projects - the most unique

of which have been his three albums of re-workings of music originally

penned by the Shakers, a Christian religious sect founded in Scotland in the

late 1700s.

It was while working on the Shaker projects that Coulter first teamed-up

with Barry (cello, mandolins, harpsichord) and Shelley Phillips (harp,

recorders, oboe, English horn and whistle), with whom he is presently

touring Asia with under the guise of the Coulter-Phillips Ensemble.

Although Coulter has recently been reported to be collaborating with sitar

guru Ravi Shanker for the trios?Taiwan appearances the "new acoustic/Celtic

fusion" group will be performing a smorgasbord of Celtic and

Shaker-influenced material.

The Coulter-Phillips Ensemble will be bringing its Celtic fusion to the

Taoyuan County Cultural Center (桃園縣文化中心) at 7:30pm tonight and then

moving on to Tainan, Kaohsiung, Pingtung, Chiayi, Hsinchu and Taichung.

Tickets cost from NT$300 to NT$1,200. For the tour schedule go to

http://www.ticket.com.tw.

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