Bushes & Briars

Bushes & Briars

by Susan McKeown


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Bushes & Briars

On Bushes & Briars, Susan McKeown brings her eloquent and haunting voice -- as well as the instrumental talents of a distinguished cast of supporting musicians -- to bear on a set of traditional Celtic and British songs. Most of her accompanists are Irish musicians, but the arrangements are anything but traditional: McKeown sings "In London So Fair" over a shimmery bed of looped whistles and mandolins; "Bonny Boy" is delivered a cappella in a controlled voice that hints at an underlying frenzy of rage and sexual frustration; and her accompaniment on "The Mountain Streams Where the Moorcocks Crow" consists entirely of tabla, tambura and low whistle -- a truly bizarre instrumentation that fits so perfectly with her quiet, resigned delivery that you may not even notice its strangeness. McKeown has taken an ancient repertoire and made it entirely new and her own, with wonderful results.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/03/1998
Label: Alula
UPC: 0616498100827
catalogNumber: 1008

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Susan McKeown   Primary Artist,Vocals
Seamus Egan   Flute,Human Whistle,Whistle (Instrument),Bodhran
Andy Irvine   Mandolin
John Clark   French Horn
Hassan Hakmoun   Vocals
Greg Anderson   Guitar,Cittern
Dave Bargeron   Tuba
Larry Campbell   Guitar
Johnny Cunningham   Fiddle
Jerry O'Sullivan   uillean pipes
Jamshied Sharifi   Keyboards
Chris Speed   Clarinet
Skúli Sverrisson   Bass,E-bow
Ben Wittman   Percussion
Samir Chatterjee   Tabla,Tamboura
Tom Zajac   Hurdy-Gurdy
Akira Satake   Mandocello
Mick McAuley   Accordion
Don McGeen   Bassoon
Nikki Matheson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Susan McKeown   Producer,Liner Notes
Scott Noll   Engineer
Jamshied Sharifi   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Wind Arrangements
Akira Satake   Producer
Dan DiPaola   Engineer
Eric Helmuth   Engineer
Traditional   Composer

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