Ceol Manawatu is a Palmerston North folk music collective who, as the title suggests, focus on music (ceol) written in the Manawatu. Now with more than a decade of release history, ‘Till’ is their third album. Arrangement and performance of original compositions from the Manawatu region of New Zealand.
RNZ: Wartime lament over pudding (External Link)
The first World War is familiar territory to Paul Turner, founder of the music collective Ceol Manawatu. He talks about the history of one of the band's songs - the Maunganui Duff.
Otago Daily Times: CD reviews (External Link)
Ceol Manawatu should be applauded. This collective of musicians under the guidance of Paul Turner, of Palmerston North, showcases original compositions connected with the Manawatu region.Till (the third album in the series) sets songs and piping tunes against Celtic-influenced backing to preserve the tunes for future generations.
The 10-plus musicians who have contributed are all highly competent. Turner’s strong lyrics deliver an eclectic mix of song topics ranging from Ireland’s Easter Rising to the All Blacks’ Rugby World Cup win, creating an album full of surprises.
• Ceol Manawatu. Till.
• Four stars (out of five)
— Louise Frampton