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Where the Mangoes Are
     

Where the Mangoes Are

by Kate McDonnell
 
While Kate McDonnell qualifies as a fine contemporary folkie, she isn't the type of singer who forgets her roots on Where the Mangoes Are. On self-penned songs like "Tumbleweed" and "Go Down Moses," she relies on electric guitars and drums to deliver the message. But her thoughtful reflections on "Hey Joe" and her politics on "Mercy" hark back to an earlier

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While Kate McDonnell qualifies as a fine contemporary folkie, she isn't the type of singer who forgets her roots on Where the Mangoes Are. On self-penned songs like "Tumbleweed" and "Go Down Moses," she relies on electric guitars and drums to deliver the message. But her thoughtful reflections on "Hey Joe" and her politics on "Mercy" hark back to an earlier time. McDonnell's even capable of playing the old-school folkie straight on "Railroad Bill," a nice traditional piece done in a style that recalls an early Joan Baez. This combination effectively gives McDonnell's songs a tuneful groove and a thoughtful depth. It doesn't hurt that she's a good singer who has taken her lyrics to heart, giving the words of a song like "5:05" an emotional edge. It's also helpful that McDonnell receives backup from a solid band, fully capable of mixing up the arrangements to suit the needs of each song. Electric guitarist Marc Shulman and violinist/harmonica/accordion player Mindy Jostyn provide stellar support, while bassist Scott Petito and drummer Sam Brewton keep the whole affair grounded. While the album is good to the last track, it's possible that some listeners will find a piece like "Mercy" a bit preachy. McDonnell, however, never lets her political views overrun her ability to make good music. Folkies young and old will enjoy Where the Mangoes Are.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2005
Label:
Appleseed Records
UPC:
0611587108524
catalogNumber:
1085

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Performance Credits

Kate McDonnell   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Mindy Jostyn   Harmonica,Violin,Accordion,Background Vocals
Scott Petito   Organ,Guitar,Mandolin,Percussion,Electric Bass,Cymbals,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Sitar,Background Vocals,Fretless Bass Guitar,Electric Sitar,E-bow,Upright Bass,Hi String
Marc Shulman   Electric Guitar
Beth Reineke   Background Vocals
Sam Brewton   Drums,Bodhran

Technical Credits

Scott Petito   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Kate McDonnell   Arranger,Composer
Traditional   Composer

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