Distant Shore

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Having established herself as a marvelous traditional Irish singer, Karan Casey's decided to spread her wings and head into contemporary folk-pop. It's a good decision, as she proves to be just as adept and intimate a performer on modern material as the old songs. She's also an astute judge of songwriters, whether it's Billy Bragg's title track, a meditation on emigration, Tim O'Brien's "Another Day," or Ger Wolfe's excellent "The Curra Road." She keeps the feel loose throughout, almost like a session, but keeps herself front and center, never letting things stray too much out of focus. Her own singing is as understated as ever, letting less be a little more, giving a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Having established herself as a marvelous traditional Irish singer, Karan Casey's decided to spread her wings and head into contemporary folk-pop. It's a good decision, as she proves to be just as adept and intimate a performer on modern material as the old songs. She's also an astute judge of songwriters, whether it's Billy Bragg's title track, a meditation on emigration, Tim O'Brien's "Another Day," or Ger Wolfe's excellent "The Curra Road." She keeps the feel loose throughout, almost like a session, but keeps herself front and center, never letting things stray too much out of focus. Her own singing is as understated as ever, letting less be a little more, giving a wonderful shine to something like "Distant Shore." There's also a very political element to her music, as she illustrates on "The Jute Mill Song" and her version of Ewan MacColl's "The Ballad of Tim Evans," an eloquent argument against the death penalty. Casey has matured, that much is obvious, and she's in the process of becoming a world-class interpreter of songs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/11/2003
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351785329
  • Catalog Number: 78053
  • Sales rank: 159,517

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Karan Casey Primary Artist
James Grant Acoustic Guitar
James MacKintosh Percussion, Drums
Karen Matheson Vocals, Background Vocals
Mel Mercier Berimbau, Shaker
Tim O'Brien Mandolin, Background Vocals
Dirk Powell Banjo
Donald Shaw Piano, Accordion, Keyboards, Wurlitzer
Ewen Vernal Electric Bass, Double Bass
Michael McGoldrick Flute, Bodhran, Low Whistle
Malcolm Stitt Acoustic Guitar, Bouzouki
Niall Vallely Concertina
Cillian Vallely Low Whistle
Brendan Gleeson Fiddle
Paul Meehan Acoustic Guitar, Bouzouki
Dezi Donnelly Fiddle
Robbie Overson 12-string Guitar
Technical Credits
Karan Casey Arranger
Dan Fitzgerald Engineer
Karen Matheson Arranger
Paul McGeechan Engineer, Mastering
Robin Rankin Engineer
Donald Shaw Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Kieran Lynch Engineer
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