Producer John Hughes has known the Cistercian Abbey monks of Mount Saint Joseph in Roscrea for more than 30 years, and the culmination of their friendship was the agreement of the monks to a recording being made of them at prayer. The monks themselves were the only people surprised by the success of the resulting album, Salve, which went Gold in Ireland within weeks of its release. The prayers are set in song, and reflect the atmosphere of peace and harmony that is the result of many hours of tranquil prayer and centuries of musical history. The choirmaster is Father Richard Purcell OCSO. Both ‘Salve’ and its companion album, Salve ll, were released via Spokes in 2009.
FATHER ANTHONY FINNEGAN ROSCREA