Lowlands

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Barnes & Noble - Emily King
The bold Susan McKeown does the New York Irish community proud with this colorful set of ballads. Whether Scottish or Irish, in English or Gaelic, old or new, her taste is for the sad, the wistful, and the bitter, with the occasional triumph of the spirit that drops some honey on the lemon. Her gifted musical compatriots come from all over the world: New York, Ireland, Spain, India, Mali, and China, and while each makes a unique contribution, the Celtic tradition of choosing personally meaningful tunes handed down from inspirational balladeers goes on undiminished. Indeed, McKeown, who dropped out of an Irish opera academy to wander the streets of Dublin, has chosen well:...
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Barnes & Noble - Emily King
The bold Susan McKeown does the New York Irish community proud with this colorful set of ballads. Whether Scottish or Irish, in English or Gaelic, old or new, her taste is for the sad, the wistful, and the bitter, with the occasional triumph of the spirit that drops some honey on the lemon. Her gifted musical compatriots come from all over the world: New York, Ireland, Spain, India, Mali, and China, and while each makes a unique contribution, the Celtic tradition of choosing personally meaningful tunes handed down from inspirational balladeers goes on undiminished. Indeed, McKeown, who dropped out of an Irish opera academy to wander the streets of Dublin, has chosen well: Tales of exile, rescue, infanticide, emergency cannibalism, and hares cornered by the hounds are all archetypal Celtic fare. Perhaps the most stunning cut is her a cappella version of "Dark Horse on the Wind" by Liam Weldon, a brilliantly concise, heartbreaking expression of the bleak, continual struggle that is Ireland. McKeown sings it with great beauty and total conviction. And as they say, the further from Ireland one gets, the more Irish one becomes.
All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Susan McKeown is an Irish folk musician with an unusually diverse resume. She has made albums of original music and albums of traditional songs, including a stunning collection of seasonal tunes entitled Through the Bitter Frost and Snow, on which the primary instruments were McKeown's voice and Lindsey Horner's string bass. She has also collaborated with numerous musicians from traditions both within and without the Celtic the world, and her music has been used in TV commercials for products as diverse as facial cream and automobiles. At this point, the only really surprising thing she could have done would have been to make a primarily traditional Irish album, which is exactly what she's done with the beautiful Lowlands. Granted, the instrumentation is frequently unusual -- on the haunting "Dark Horse on the Wind" she's accompanied by banjo and erhu a Chinese bowed instrument, and on "Bonny Greenwoodside" she plays finger cymbals while others play the tabla and caxixis. But the songs are very definitely from the Irish tradition, and her delivery is as hair-raising as ever. Highlights include the slightly flamenco-flavored "Slan agus Beannacht Goodbye and Farewell" and the anguished, a capella "Dark Horse on the Wind." Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/2000
  • Label: Green Linnet
  • UPC: 048248120524
  • Catalog Number: 481205
  • Sales rank: 69,228

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Susan McKeown Primary Artist, finger cymbals
Glen Moore Acoustic Bass
Greg Anderson Bouzouki
John Anthony Caxixi
Johnny Cunningham Fiddle
Matt Darriau Bass, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, kaval, Irish Flute, Gaita
Trevor Hutchinson Acoustic Bass
Joanie Madden Human Whistle, Whistle (Instrument), Low Whistle
Ole Mathisen Clarinet
Todd Schietroma Hand Clapping, Caxixi, Shaker, Cahones
Jamshied Sharifi Synthesizer
Oliver Strauss Hand Clapping
Michelle Kinney Cello
Gerry Leonard Guitar, Guitar Loops
Samir Chatterjee Tabla
Kevin Crawford Human Whistle
Des Moore Guitar
Sean Smyth Fiddle
Aidan Brennan Guitar
Donogh Hennessy Guitar
Mamadou Diabate Kora
Technical Credits
Susan McKeown Arranger, Producer, translation
Scott Noll Engineer
Rick Rowe Mastering
Jamshied Sharifi Producer, Wind Arrangements
Oliver Strauss Engineer
Cathal Goan translation
Donogh Hennessy Producer
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