Bushes & Briars

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
On Bushes & Briars, Susan McKeown brings her eloquent and haunting voice -- as well as the instrumental talents of a distinguished cast of supporting musicians -- to bear on a set of traditional Celtic and British songs. Most of her accompanists are Irish musicians, but the arrangements are anything but traditional: McKeown sings "In London So Fair" over a shimmery bed of looped whistles and mandolins; "Bonny Boy" is delivered a cappella in a controlled voice that hints at an underlying frenzy of rage and sexual frustration; and her accompaniment on "The Mountain Streams Where the Moorcocks Crow" consists entirely of tabla, tambura and low whistle -- a truly bizarre ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
On Bushes & Briars, Susan McKeown brings her eloquent and haunting voice -- as well as the instrumental talents of a distinguished cast of supporting musicians -- to bear on a set of traditional Celtic and British songs. Most of her accompanists are Irish musicians, but the arrangements are anything but traditional: McKeown sings "In London So Fair" over a shimmery bed of looped whistles and mandolins; "Bonny Boy" is delivered a cappella in a controlled voice that hints at an underlying frenzy of rage and sexual frustration; and her accompaniment on "The Mountain Streams Where the Moorcocks Crow" consists entirely of tabla, tambura and low whistle -- a truly bizarre instrumentation that fits so perfectly with her quiet, resigned delivery that you may not even notice its strangeness. McKeown has taken an ancient repertoire and made it entirely new and her own, with wonderful results.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/3/1998
  • Label: Alula
  • UPC: 616498100827
  • Catalog Number: 1008
  • Sales rank: 169,201

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Susan McKeown Primary Artist, Vocals
Seamus Egan Flute, Human Whistle, Whistle (Instrument), Bodhran
Andy Irvine Mandolin
John Clark French Horn
Hassan Hakmoun Vocals
Greg Anderson Guitar, Cittern
Dave Bargeron Tuba
Larry Campbell Guitar
Johnny Cunningham Fiddle
Jerry O'Sullivan uillean pipes
Jamshied Sharifi Keyboards
Chris Speed Clarinet
Skúli Sverrisson Bass, E-bow
Ben Wittman Percussion
Samir Chatterjee Tabla, Tamboura
Tom Zajac Hurdy-Gurdy
Akira Satake Mandocello
Mick McAuley Accordion
Don McGeen Bassoon
Nikki Matheson Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Susan McKeown Producer, Liner Notes
Scott Noll Engineer
Rick Rowe Mastering
Jamshied Sharifi Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Wind Arrangements
Akira Satake Producer
Dan DiPaola Engineer
Eric Helmuth Engineer
Traditional Composer
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