Beyond the Pale
With their latest release, Hill of Sallows, Beyond the Pale continues to receive positive reviews and encouragement from around the world. Here's just a few......

Philadelphia Inquirer Interview
The PhantomTollbooth
In the past ten years or so there has been a resurgence in interest in the old Celtic Church and along with it a renewal of interest in Celtic music as well. Add to that list of names, Beyond the Pale. On this their second album, Hill of Sallows named after the site of the first church founded by Saint Patrick, the band shows why they are one of the best. The tunes on this collection are a combination of traditional and original compositions--the old are blended effortlessly with the new. The music on this album is perfect and makes me want to spend the night with good friends in a nice Irish pub talking about theology and music over a pint and a pipe. The dedication on the album bears repeating. "This CD is dedicated to the souls who have chosen persecution over denial... to follow Christ even to martyrdom... love over hate... and truth above all." If more artists had this mind set while putting out music of this quality the world would be a better place at least for a little bit. --- Chris MacIntosh
Irish Music Magazine
The term Beyond the Pale refers to the medieval dominions of the English in Ireland. Beyond the Pale is also the name of a five piece US band consisting of Stephen Dowdall, Marc and Julie Hamer, Matthew Burke and Hannah Stevenson. Their second album Hill of Sallows finds them musically alternating between world/folk fusions and subtle blasts of folk-rock in between more straight traditionally flavoured moments. The Pennslyvania based outfit delivered an impressive debut album Beyond The Pale some three years ago and Hill of Sallows continues their acoustic Celtic flavoured odyssey. Beyond the Pale delivers a distinctive slant on the neo-Celtic theme with strong distinctive vocals and a fresh melodic sound blending folk, soft rock and traditional music. Instrumentally a tad laid back when compared to the all out pyrotechnics of many other US Celtic outfits, fiddler/banjoist Matthew Burke pens some intriguing tunes such as The White Violin and The Agreement while Toss The Feathers and Captain O’Kane benefit from subtle readings. Julie Hamer’s flutes add suitably winsome touches to Come to the Bower and Farewell to Aughtore. The latter is a stunning emigration travelogue penned in 1879 by John Doherty a relation of singer Stephen Dowdall. The Corrs–esque treatment of Come To the Bower puts a new light on an old ballad boom chestnut while Take Away walks similar folk /pop waters. At times BTP inhabit a Celtic/Christian idiom lyrically, which puts them in league with Maire Brennan/Iona and similarly inclined US bands like Chicago’s The Crossing. Musically Beyond The Pale work in solid earthly grounded waters. Hill of Sallows is a refreshing blast of Celtic Americana at its most inventive. ---John O'Regan - Irish Music Mag
This recording marks Beyond The Pale as a leader among Celtic Christian musicians, and it will rest on the shelf among my favorite albums (when it isn't spinning, anyway). --Cory C. Engel