Sleepless

Sleepless

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by Kate Rusby
     
 
English folk phenomenon Kate Rusby explores small moments -- the lingering flight of "The Wild Goose," the predicament of "The Cobbler's Daughter," the musing of "The Sleepless Sailor." She does this with a fine ear and voice for detail, treating her songs -- from the traditional "Goose" to the original "Sailor" with the spare yet passionate delivery they merit.

Overview

English folk phenomenon Kate Rusby explores small moments -- the lingering flight of "The Wild Goose," the predicament of "The Cobbler's Daughter," the musing of "The Sleepless Sailor." She does this with a fine ear and voice for detail, treating her songs -- from the traditional "Goose" to the original "Sailor" with the spare yet passionate delivery they merit. She also offers a definitively different take on Iris DeMent's saga of the death of a small southwestern hamlet, "Our Town." Rusby is from Yorkshire in the UK, and her distinctive accent lends authenticity and personality to the tales she shares. The twentysomething Rusby's unlikely combination of simplicity and sophistication as well as her understanding of musical tradition is opening doors for her in other parts of the world as well.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Hourglass, her 1998 debut, was a huge hit in her native Britain, and with good reason: her voice is a sweet but slightly rough mezzo, she sings and plays guitar with equal plainspoken skill, and she picks great songs. So you can't blame her for sticking with a winning strategy on her follow-up. With the help of young producer and fiddler John McCusker (of the Battlefield Band), Rusby serves up a generous program of minimally arranged traditional songs, as well as a few originals; there are more guest musicians this time out, including American folkies Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott, but they never clutter the sound or pull the focus away from Rusby's gentle Yorkshire-tinted singing. There's also an Iris DeMent cover, a version of the sweetly affecting "Our Town"-a song whose distinctly middle American overtones don't necessarily ring completely true in this context. But "Botany Bay" certainly does, and so does "The Fairest of All Yarrow," and if on "The Cobbler's Daughter" Rusby drops grisly details with a disquietingly off-hand grace, well, welcome to the wonderful world of traditional music. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/17/1999
Label:
Compass Records
UPC:
0766397427720
catalogNumber:
974277
Rank:
60331

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kate Rusby   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Ian Carr   Guitar
Dave Burland   Vocals
Andy Cutting   Accordion (Diatonic)
Francis MacDonald   Percussion
John McCusker   Banjo,Fiddle
Tim O'Brien   Mandolin,Vocals
Darrell Scott   Guitar
Roger Wilson   Guitar,Vocals
Michael McGoldrick   Flute,Human Whistle
Andy Seward   Double Bass

Technical Credits

Iris DeMent   Composer
Ian Carr   Arranger
John McCusker   Arranger,Producer
Moray Munro   Engineer
Kate Rusby   Arranger,Composer
Andy Seward   Engineer
Traditional   Composer

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Sleepless 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not usually a fan of folk music, but I love Kate Rusby. Her music is original, often based off of traditional irish music. This cd is one of my favorites!