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Distant Oaks

Distant Oaks is an award-winning ensemble specializing in dynamic, historically informed performances of traditional Gaelic and early European music. Rich, expressive singing in a variety of languages, combined with virtuosic, skillfully arranged ensemble playing on a broad array of period and traditional instruments, define Distant Oaks' musical style. Their warm, intimate performances appeal to both the intellect and the emotions and have proven to delight a diverse range of listeners.

In addition to their strong dedication to Gaelic music, language, and culture, as well as authentic traditional and Early Music performance practices, Distant Oaks is also actively engaged in composing new music in older styles. Much historical evidence suggests that the distinctions between indigenous music and courtly music were minimal in earlier times. In the spirit of fine music-making and respect for tradition, Distant Oaks continues to bring a brilliant panoply of music to their audiences.

Distant Oaks has had the pleasure of performing and recording with such fine traditional musicians as Jerry O'Sullivan, Liz Carroll, Patrick Ball, Shay Black, and Paul Kotapish (Open House), as well as such Early Music luminaries as David Douglass (The King's Noyse, The Newberry Consort), Julie Jeffrey (Sex Chordae of Viols), Cheryl Ann Fulton (Ensemble Alcatraz), Shira Kammen (Ensemble Alcatraz, Fortune's Wheel), and Peter Maund (Ensemble Alcatraz, Skyedance).

They have been featured performers at the Berkeley Early Music Festival, SFEMS' Hausmusik Concert Series, the Festival of Harps, the Sebastopol Celtic Festival, the Jarvis Conservatory, and the Camellia Inn Concert Series, and have toured throughout the Western United States and in Scotland and Ireland. They have performed at a number of internationally acclaimed wineries in the Sonoma and Napa Valleys, including Robert Mondavi Winery and Dry Creek Vineyard. Distant Oaks has also performed at numerous public and private events, including weddings. As a teaching ensemble, they have presented concerts and workshops on college campuses and at schools, libraries, and museums.





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Member Name: WizardofOwls
Date Posted: 13-Feb-2011
Comments: Deborah's presence is sorely missed by the Gaelic-learning community in the US. She had patience unlike anyone else I have ever seen for learners, and her love and enthusiasm for both the language and the music was unparalleled.You are missed, a' Ghobnait



Member Name: CelticRadio
Date Posted: 13-Feb-2011


Comments: Just a note that Distant Oaks is no longer together as a band. It's founder, Deborah White, passed away a number of years ago. She was active in the Scottish Gaelic Language discussion groups where she was known as Gobnait. A very talented musician that will be missed. I am sure her two talented sons are carrying on the tradition..... We will keep Distant Oaks in our featured artist section and also continue playing their music as a tribute to her music.



Member Name: Tassiecelt
Date Posted: 02-Feb-2005


Comments: I'm grateful to Highland Radio for making me aware for the first time of this wonderful group.I've bought one CD and have 2 others on the way, I cannot get enough of their fantastic sound.The music reflects celtic, medieval and renaissance traditions and sometimes a blend of all three together with a deeply spiritual quality that sets the group apart from all others I know.As if that is not enough, the youth of it's two male members adds to my amazement that such a mature and accomplished sound can come from such young men, not forgetting one of the most beautiful female voices I have heard in quite a while.



Member Name: BoggleBoy
Date Posted: 29-Jan-2005


Comments: Rich and warm, the music doesn't just emulate the sounds of the period, rather it summons the very essence of this era up like some conjuror weaving his spell.



Member Name: WizardofOwls
Date Posted: 27-Nov-2004


Comments: Hi Mac!I was so glad a few months to see Distant Oaks added to the music library! I have known Deborah White for several years through her online mailing list for Gaelic learners and have found her to be jsut a wonderful person and an absolute inspiration. She is a Christian, as am I, and we have developed a close on-line friendship. And I just love her music! Her deep voice compliments the traditional feel of her music in my opinion. And I love their Gaelic songs!Anyway, keep up the good work Mac! We have a local band that I recently heard for the first time at the Radford Highlnader Festival, called Beggars' Circus. And as soon as I can figure out how to get in touch with them, i'm hoping to talk them into putting some their music on here too!



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