Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago observes a hallowed annual tradition called Siamsa na nGael, a Celtic celebration of songs, dance, and story. The organizers of this annual showcase of Irish talent saw fit on separate occasions to commission hailed Irish composer Liam Lawton to write three major works: Patrick the Shepherd Boy, Brigid of Kildare, and Kevin of Glendalough.
Lawton, with the help of the combined choirs of Old St. Patrick’s, recorded several selections from these three works plus a number of newly composed songs to create his new CD, Sacred Land. This beautiful recording includes lush arrangements of songs like “Far Beyond,” “The House of the Lord,” “Sing of a Lady,” and many more. Song after song simply overflows with the hope, mercy, and strength that is found when one searches for God.