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The Holy Ground

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All Music Guide - Vik Iyengar
Irish singer Mary Black is well known for deftly combining her Celtic roots with contemporary folk. On this release, she offers another strong set of songs, as she interprets songs from American folk favorite John Gorka "Treasure Island" and connects with Anglo-folk tradition on the lovely "One Way Donkey Ride" written by Sandy Denny of Fairport Convention fame. The acoustic instrumentation feature a rich blend of guitars, fiddles, saxophones, and accordions that add a timeless feel to most of her songs. The highlight of the album is "Loving Time," an emotional story of star-crossed lovers told with a bittersweet aching that few artists could deliver so poignantly. While a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Vik Iyengar
Irish singer Mary Black is well known for deftly combining her Celtic roots with contemporary folk. On this release, she offers another strong set of songs, as she interprets songs from American folk favorite John Gorka "Treasure Island" and connects with Anglo-folk tradition on the lovely "One Way Donkey Ride" written by Sandy Denny of Fairport Convention fame. The acoustic instrumentation feature a rich blend of guitars, fiddles, saxophones, and accordions that add a timeless feel to most of her songs. The highlight of the album is "Loving Time," an emotional story of star-crossed lovers told with a bittersweet aching that few artists could deliver so poignantly. While a few songs towards the end of the album suffer from middle-of-the-road, adult easy listening arrangements, Mary Black's voice remains an incredibly expressive instrument that makes this another solid effort.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/1994
  • Label: Gift Horse
  • UPC: 739341001024
  • Catalog Number: 410010
  • Sales rank: 110,065

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Summer Sent You (3:17)
  2. 2 One Way Donkey Ride (3:26)
  3. 3 The Loving Time (4:26)
  4. 4 Golden Thread (4:10)
  5. 5 The Holy Ground (4:10)
  6. 6 Treasure Island (3:12)
  7. 7 The Holy Ground (3:20)
  8. 8 Flesh and Blood (4:01)
  9. 9 Dockland (4:22)
  10. 10 Lay Down Your Burden (3:06)
  11. 11 Paper Friends (4:00)
  12. 12 Poison Words (4:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mary Black Primary Artist, Vocals
Pat Crowley Piano, Accordion, Electric Piano, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Dave Early Percussion, Conga, Drums
Garvan Gallagher Electric Bass, Double Bass, Clevenger Bass
Carl Geraghty Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Mel Mercier Tabla
Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh Vocals
Declan Sinnott Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, spanish guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Frank Gallagher Synthesizer, Fiddle, Whistle (Instrument)
Technical Credits
Garvan Gallagher Contributor
Declan Sinnott Producer
Frank Gallagher String Arrangements
Billy Robinson Engineer
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