photo of Orison Album Cover


Five San Francisco Bay instrumentalists take the name Orison from the old-fashioned word for prayer or invocaiton (see Hamlet, III, i). They are: Barry Phillips, Shelley Phillips, William Coulter, Steve Coulter and Anne Cleveland, whose repertoire includes music from both the folk and classical traditions (The Butterfly*, Arran Boat Song, The Maids of Mitchelston, The Water Kilpie, Morgan Megan and more), along with original compositions. Their combinations of harp, guitar, cello, oboe, English horn, flute and percussion produce textures of etheral and poignant beauty.

*Featured on the Narada Sampler Celtic Odyssey.

Orison Song List, Artist Biographies, and Liner Notes

Sound Clips
Click to hear a clip of Arran Boat Song.
Click to hear a clip of Dance of the Spirits of Water.
Click to hear a clip of The Butterfly.
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