Sweet Liberty

Sweet Liberty

by Susan McKeown
     
 

Every song on Susan McKeown's album Sweet Liberty is credited to "Traditional" as author, which is frequently the case with her recordings. But McKeown's approach to this material, which she has gathered from friends and from old books and recordings (as recounted in her notes), is often anything but traditional. "Oró Mhíle Grá (A Thousand Times My Love)" is aSee more details below

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Every song on Susan McKeown's album Sweet Liberty is credited to "Traditional" as author, which is frequently the case with her recordings. But McKeown's approach to this material, which she has gathered from friends and from old books and recordings (as recounted in her notes), is often anything but traditional. "Oró Mhíle Grá (A Thousand Times My Love)" is a collaboration with Ensemble Tartit, a singing group from Mali, and its combination of Celtic and African elements makes for a stirring hybrid. On "Eggs in Her Basket," McKeown is accompanied by the Mexican group Mariachi Real de Mexico, again adding an unusual interpretation to a traditional Irish tune. But even when she is using musicians who perform in a more familiar Celtic style, such as Flook, the Anglo-Irish quartet that backs her on the leadoff track, "The Wee Birds All Have Come and Gone/Fisherman's," McKeown makes her versions of the songs distinctive by her combinations of different compositions, her striking arrangements, and her haunting voice, which at times recalls Sandy Denny's (and therefore also that of Denny sound-alike Natalie Merchant, whom McKeown has accompanied in performance). Sweet Liberty is traditional enough to please fans of Celtic music in its oldest forms, but it also suggests new directions for the style, and it serves as a showcase for an impressive singer.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/13/2004
Label:
World Village Usa
UPC:
0713746802929
catalogNumber:
468029
Rank:
270687

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Susan McKeown   Primary Artist,Vocals,Bodhran
Johnny Cunningham   Fiddle
Charlie Giordano   Accordion
Joanie Madden   Human Whistle,Low Whistle
Oliver Strauss   Drum Loop
Lindsey Horner   Bass
Sarah Allen   Alto Flute
Ismael Casillas Torres   Trumpet
Brian Finnegan   Flute
Dee Armstrong   Fiddle
Aidan Brennan   Guitar
Donogh Hennessy   Human Whistle
Ed Boyd   Guitar
John Joe Kelly   Bodhran
John Spurney   Piano,Harmonium
Fadimata Walett Oumar   Vocals,Soloist,Tinde
Mohamed Issa Ag Oumar   Guitar
Fatoumata Haidara   Choir, Chorus,Hand Clapping
Eamon O'Leary   Guitar
Dana Lyn   Fiddle
Robin Ponce   Guitar,Guitarron,Vihuela
Dee Armstrong   Fiddle
Israel Torres   Trumpet
Gabino Samano   Violin
Jon Spurney   Harmonium

Technical Credits

Tony Cuffe   Composer
Joanie Madden   Whistle
Susan McKeown   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Steve Byram   Artwork
Sarah Allen   Arranger
Brian Finnegan   Arranger
Donogh Hennessy   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
Tartit   Arranger
Ed Boyd   Arranger
John Joe Kelly   Arranger
Jason Marcucci   Engineer
Pete Deboer   Engineer

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