The ancient hammered dulcimer followed the migrations of early travelers across Asia Minor and onto the European continent -- from the Black Sea to the North Atlantic shores. In Maggie Sansone’s hands, the visions of the Celts come alive in the modern world. Listen to the journey! (63:00 minutes)
"The most exciting and innovative hammered dulcimer player recording today...She has a fire and passion to her playing... a delight!
~ Dirty Linen Magazine
"Maggie Sansone can do no wrong. She has consistently released albums that combine her singular and exquisite hammered dulcimer playing, backed by top musicians playing semi-classical inspired interpretations of traditional Celtic music. Among the many standout tracks are two sets of tunes devoted to Celtic pagan celebration days... 'The Samhain Set' combines two Sansone originals devoted to the Celtic New Year features Sansone using an E-Bow on her hammered dulcimer for a truly otherworldly effect."
~ Dirty Linen Folk & World Music Magazine
"As its title implies, A Traveler's Dream will prove a transporting experience for many listeners, especially those who are quick to fall under the spell of an ancient Celtic melody. Sometimes interwoven and always complementary, the musical strains lead hammered dulcimer player Sansone and her talented band mates on an enchanting journey through time...with a rich assortment of melancholy refrains and sparkling reels and slip jigs.
Also included is an ingeniously arranged Northumberland pipe tune and, lest anyone hasten to pigeonhole Sansone's music, a percussive homage to whirling Sufi dancers and a Swedish 'bear dance' brimming with rhythmic vitality. What's more,the album's title track, composed by Sansone, is fully in keeping with the album's richly evocative tone and boasts a richly textured arrangement that makes wonderful use of hammered dulcimer, clarinets, fiddle, harp and viola da gamba.
Though hardly a purist, the pure joy Sansone takes in resuscitating or composing this music is evident on every track, no matter how subtly orchestrated the performance, and she has plenty of similarly inspired company, including reedman and percussionist Bobby Read, fiddler Bonnie Rideout and guitarist Al Petteway."
~ The Washington Post
- Humours Of Rockstown / Paddy Lynn’s Delight / Ríl Roscomaín (5:46)
- Samhain Set: All Hallows Eve / The Seeker (5:45)
- Bear Dance (6:28)
- Go To Berwick, Johnny (3:54)
- Farewell To Nigg (5:14)
- The Seas Are Deep / Dervish (6:01)
- The Flower Among Us All / Johnny Armstrong (3:46)
- Helen O’Grady / Drops Of Brandy (6:49)
- The Banks Of The Barrow (5:24)
- A Traveler’s Dream (3:00)
- Lughnasa set: The Green Fields Of Woodford / Summertime / A Morning In Summer (4:49)
- Gaelic Reels (6:11)