Former member of the Berkeley Scottish Players, composer and musician Paul Machlis incorporates his piano playing with Uilleann pipes (the well-recognized bagpipe of Ireland), fiddle, cell, whistle and guitar to create a recognizably Celtic sound that is both relaxing and exciting.
GreenWoods: Upon a Celtic Path is intended to capture the beauty and character of the Northern Isles. All of the twelve tracks are superb relaxation music, but those that include the Uilleann pipes and/or whistle are especially so. The first track, “At the Wooden Bridge,” is the perfect beginning. It prepares you for every other track by introducing you to both the sound of the pipes and to Machlis’ playing style. I found “Greenwoods” (track three) so exquisitely beautiful that I had to play it over and over again before I could listen to any more. The light and optimistic “Whistle on the Path” is likewise beautiful. The whole is a lovely tribute to what must have been deeply inspirational visits to Scotland and Ireland.