Wells for Zoë -- Water for Life

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Musically speaking, this type of project is fraught with danger. Whenever an album is put together in the service of a cause -- especially one as urgently important as a well-creation program in Malawi -- two things are almost inevitable: first, musical quality will take a back seat to the emotional appeal (because after all, what's musical quality when compared to a life-and-death struggle for water?), and second, at least half of the contributing artists will somehow end up singing mawkishly about themselves and their own global sensitivity (remember "We Are the World"?). Wells for Zo? -- Water for Life manages to avoid both pitfalls by a couple of ingenious stratagems....
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Musically speaking, this type of project is fraught with danger. Whenever an album is put together in the service of a cause -- especially one as urgently important as a well-creation program in Malawi -- two things are almost inevitable: first, musical quality will take a back seat to the emotional appeal (because after all, what's musical quality when compared to a life-and-death struggle for water?), and second, at least half of the contributing artists will somehow end up singing mawkishly about themselves and their own global sensitivity (remember "We Are the World"?). Wells for Zoë -- Water for Life manages to avoid both pitfalls by a couple of ingenious stratagems. The first is by being mostly a compilation of previously released material bound together by themes related to water and wells: thus, flutist Michael McGoldrick contributes a recording of his original composition "Watermans," Crooked Still contributes a song called "Wading Deep Waters," and Eamonn Coyne and Kris Drever bring the "Lakeside Barndances" set from their Honk Toot Suite album. The new recordings featured here avoid bathos by employing sly humor: Maura O'Connell and the Duhks team up on a roof-raising version of "Sisters Are Doing It for Themselves," and the Sinéad O'Connor/Liam Ó Maonlaí collaboration "Baby, Let Me Buy You a Drink" (though much less energetic) is also cute -- though it must be said that O'Connor's voice has seen better days. Heidi Talbot's rendition of the gorgeous Boo Hewerdine song "Muddy Water" is perhaps the album's high point, though the Alison Brown Quartet's joyously swinging "Wonderful Sea Voyage (Of Holy St. Brendan)" is a gem as well. Overall, this ends up being an album that is worthy on its own merits as well as being a worthy contribution to an important cause.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2009
  • Label: Compass Records
  • UPC: 766397449326
  • Catalog Number: 4493
  • Sales rank: 325,202

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Well for Zoë - Karine Polwart (3:34)
  2. 2 Baby, Let Me Buy You a Drink (4:58)
  3. 3 Cumbia Celtica - Salsa Celtica (4:30)
  4. 4 Wading Deep Waters - Crooked Still (4:13)
  5. 5 Watermans - Michael McGoldrick (4:01)
  6. 6 Sisters Are Doing It for Themselves - The Duhks (4:41)
  7. 7 The Wonderful Sea Voyage (Of Holy St. Brendan) - Alison Brown Quartet (6:07)
  8. 8 I Find Your Love - Beth Nielsen Chapman (2:44)
  9. 9 Just in Case of Accidents - Paul Brady (5:39)
  10. 10 The Lakeside Barndances - Kris Drever (3:47)
  11. 11 This Love Will Carry - Dougie MacLean (5:40)
  12. 12 Muddy Water - Heidi Talbot (4:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alison Brown Banjo
Beth Nielsen Chapman Piano, Vocals
Todd Phillips Double Bass
David Angell Violin
John Burr Piano
Steve Cooney Bass, Guitar, Hammond Organ, Kalimba, Hammond B3
David Davidson Violin
John Doyle Guitar
Stuart Duncan Fiddle
Connie Ellisor Violin
Jim Grosjean Viola
Alan Kelly Accordion
Anthony LaMarchina Cello
Manus Lunny Bouzouki, Guitar
James MacKintosh Percussion, Drums
Kenny Malone Percussion
Tim O'Brien Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Maura O'Connell Vocals
Sinéad O'Connor Vocals
Liam Ó Maonlaí Background Vocals
Dirk Powell Piano
Donald Shaw Keyboards
Pamela Sixfin Violin
Gary VanOsdale Viola
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale Violin
Ewen Vernal Electric Bass, Double Bass
Neil Yates Trumpet
Garry West Bass
Michael McGoldrick Wood Flute, uillean pipes, Low Whistle, Bamboo Flute
Tommy Moran Bass
Tania Elizabeth Fiddle, Strings, Vocal Harmony
Johnny Kalsi Tabla
Phil Alexander Piano
Lino Rocha Vocals
Carole Rabinowitz-Neuen Cello
Fraser Fifield Pipe, Saxophone, Human Whistle
Kenny Fraser Violin, Tres
Karine Polwart Guitar, Vocals
Erick Jaskowiak Percussion
Steve Kettley Flute, Saxophone
Ed Boyd Guitar
John Joe Kelly Bodhran
Eamonn Coyne Banjo, Tenor Banjo, Guitar (Tenor)
Howard McGill Saxophone
Dezi Donnelly Fiddle
Casey Driessen Fiddle
Tommy Beavitt Coro
Aoife O'Donovan Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Baritone Ukulele
Heidi Talbot Vocals
Dougie "El Pulpo" Hudson Conga
Ryan Quigley Trumpet, Coro
Emeris Solis Conga
Chris Stout Violin
Sarah Dugas Vocals
John Somerville Accordion
Jordan McConnell Acoustic Guitar
Leonard Podolak Banjo
Kris Drever Guitar, Double Bass
Brittany Haas Fiddle
Christian Dugas Drums
Corey DiMario Double Bass, Guitar (Tenor)
John & James Kelly Bodhran
Odhran O Casaide Violin
Manitoba McGillicuddy Vocals
Phil Alexander Piano
Toby "El Leon" Shippey Trumpet
Tristan Clarridge Fiddle, Cello
Guy Niccolson Timbales
Gary Vansodale Viola
Erik Laughton Snare Drums, Bodhran
Emeris Solis Conga
Dougie El Pulpo Hudson Conga
David "Chimp" Robertson Bongos
Gregory Liszt Banjo
Chris Greive Trombone
Technical Credits
Dougie MacLean Producer
Beth Nielsen Chapman Producer
Paul Brady Composer
Peter Collins Producer
Glenn Barratt Engineer
Steve Cooney Producer
John Doyle Producer
Boo Hewerdine Composer
Randy LeRoy Mastering
David Leonard Engineer
Tim O'Brien Producer
Donald Shaw Programming
Kristin Wilkinson String Conductor
John Dunford Engineer
Garry West Producer
Michael McGoldrick Whistle
Ciaran Byrne Engineer
Stuart Hamilton Vocal Engineer, Guitar Engineer
Fraser Fifield Whistle
Grant Milne Engineer
Traditional Composer
Karine Polwart Producer
Erick Jaskowiak Engineer
Eamonn Coyne Producer
Steven Heller Engineer
Crooked Still Composer
Dave Schonauer Engineer
Jamie MacLean Engineer
Lennox Composer
Kris Drever Producer
Eric Merrill Producer
Maclean Composer
McGoldrick Composer
Polwart Composer
Shippey Composer
Waters Moran Composer
Hewerdine Composer
Drever Composer
Coyne Composer
Brown West Composer
Maclean Composer
Stewart Composer
Doyle Composer
Chapman Composer
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