Blackthorn: Irish Love Songs

Blackthorn: Irish Love Songs

by Susan McKeown
     
 

New York-based Irish singer Susan McKeown employs both an English and a Gaelic title for this album, which is known both as Blackthorn: Irish Love Songs and An Draighneán Donn: Amhráin Grá. That is appropriate, since she also sings most of the songs in Gaelic. McKeown has become something of a musicologist, and here she has done extensive research into…  See more details below

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New York-based Irish singer Susan McKeown employs both an English and a Gaelic title for this album, which is known both as Blackthorn: Irish Love Songs and An Draighneán Donn: Amhráin Grá. That is appropriate, since she also sings most of the songs in Gaelic. McKeown has become something of a musicologist, and here she has done extensive research into traditional material; the songs are extensively annotated in the CD booklet, both by her and by Tom Munnelly, to trace the origins of the tunes back centuries. But McKeown is not simply an aural historian, as she does not hesitate to manipulate the music to her own ends. For example, although the original lyrics to "I Am a Girl from the Suir-Side," a song dating back to the 16th century, are lost, she substitutes an English poem of similar vintage that fits the music for "Caleno Custure Me." And the spare instrumentation, usually consisting of only one or two instruments, sometimes plays arrangements that range far from traditional Celtic sounds. "'S Ambó Éara (The Man for Me)," which also features singer Róisín Chambers as well as Edmar Castenada on harp and Robbie Harris on percussion, sounds less like a Scottish folk song than an African one. Blackthorn: Irish Love Songs is both an inventive work of scholarship and a musical treat.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/14/2006
Label:
World Village Usa
UPC:
0713746805425
catalogNumber:
468054

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Susan McKeown   Primary Artist
Steve Cooney   Guitar
Cormac Breatnach   Low Whistle
Lindsey Horner   Bass
Xuacu Amieva   Rabel
Harkaitz Martinez   Txalaparta
Don Meade   Harmonica
Róisín Chambers   Vocals
Edmar Castenada   Harp
Eamon O'Leary   Banjo,Bouzouki,Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Dana Lyn   Fiddle,Harmonium,Viola

Technical Credits

Steve Cooney   Arranger
Trevor Hutchinson   Engineer
Susan McKeown   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Eithne Ni Uallachain   Arranger
Julio Andrade   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Dana Lyn   Composer

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