Downriver

Downriver

by Karen Matheson
     
 
Downriver is a gently rolling album, featuring Karen Matheson's resonant vocals on a handful of songs mostly in Gaelic. Everything -- the vocals, the songs, and the spare arrangements -- works in unison to evoke the quiet river of the album's cover. With their peaceful foundation, songs like "Chi Mi Bhuam" and "Gleann Baile Chaoil" are perfectly suited for

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Downriver is a gently rolling album, featuring Karen Matheson's resonant vocals on a handful of songs mostly in Gaelic. Everything -- the vocals, the songs, and the spare arrangements -- works in unison to evoke the quiet river of the album's cover. With their peaceful foundation, songs like "Chi Mi Bhuam" and "Gleann Baile Chaoil" are perfectly suited for quiet moments of reflection or just plain relaxation. Matheson is joined by a number of players, including pianist Donald Shaw (who also produced the album), guitarist James Grant, fiddler Aidan O'Rourke, and, in various places, several background singers, each helping to craft a seamless backdrop behind her vocals. Unless one happens to speak Gaelic, Downriver holds a certain air of mystery, because the lyrics aren't reprinted in the liner notes. The album deviates from this course in two instances with English versions of "I Will Not Wear the Willow" and "Singing in the Dark." This will probably matter little to most listeners, though some may find these deviations distracting to the flow and mystery of the album. Taken as a whole, however, Downriver is a very enjoyable effort that manages to combine the best of the old and new, and it will serve as a fine introduction to Matheson's warm vocals.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/21/2006
Label:
Compass Records
UPC:
0766397442525
catalogNumber:
4425
Rank:
56059

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Karen Matheson   Primary Artist
Dónal Lunny   Bouzouki,Bodhran
James Grant   Banjo,Bass,Dobro,Guitar,Mandolin,Background Vocals,E-bow
James MacKintosh   Percussion,Drums
Ewen Vernal   Background Vocals,Double Bass
Michael McGoldrick   Pipe
Aidan O'Rourke   Fiddle
Jacqui Penfold   Viola
Cheryl Crockett   Violin
Scottish Ensemble   Strings
Jonathan Morton   Violin

Technical Credits

Dónal Lunny   Arranger
James Grant   Composer
Karen Matheson   Arranger
Paul McGeechan   Engineer
Donald Shaw   Audio Production
Mark Sheridan   String Arrangements
Traditional   Composer
James Robert Morrison   Cover Design
J.M. Cameron   Composer
Kevin McCrae   String Arrangements
Brendan Graham   Composer

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