Distant Shore

Distant Shore

by Karan CaseyKaran Casey


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Having established herself as a marvelous traditional Irish singer, Karan Casey's decided to spread her wings and head into contemporary folk-pop. It's a good decision, as she proves to be just as adept and intimate a performer on modern material as the old songs. She's also an astute judge of songwriters, whether it's Billy Bragg's title track, a meditation on emigration, Tim O'Brien's "Another Day," or Ger Wolfe's excellent "The Curra Road." She keeps the feel loose throughout, almost like a session, but keeps herself front and center, never letting things stray too much out of focus. Her own singing is as understated as ever, letting less be a little more, giving a wonderful shine to something like "Distant Shore." There's also a very political element to her music, as she illustrates on "The Jute Mill Song" and her version of Ewan MacColl's "The Ballad of Tim Evans," an eloquent argument against the death penalty. Casey has matured, that much is obvious, and she's in the process of becoming a world-class interpreter of songs.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/11/2003
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351785329
catalogNumber: 78053
Rank: 132968


  1. Distant Shore
  2. Another Day
  3. The Song of Lies
  4. The Curra Road
  5. The Ballad of Tim Evans
  6. Just a Note
  7. Lord MacDonald's
  8. Quiet of the Night
  9. Bata Is Bóthar
  10. The Four Loom Weaver
  11. The Jute Mill Song

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Karan Casey   Primary Artist
James Grant   Acoustic Guitar
James MacKintosh   Percussion,Drums
Karen Matheson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Mel Mercier   Berimbau,Shaker
Tim O'Brien   Mandolin,Background Vocals
Dirk Powell   Banjo
Donald Shaw   Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,Wurlitzer
Ewen Vernal   Electric Bass,Double Bass
Michael McGoldrick   Flute,Bodhran,Low Whistle
Malcolm Stitt   Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki
Niall Vallely   Concertina
Cillian Vallely   Low Whistle
Brendan Gleeson   Fiddle
Paul Meehan   Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki
Dezi Donnelly   Fiddle
Robbie Overson   12-string Guitar

Technical Credits

Karan Casey   Arranger
Dan Fitzgerald   Engineer
Karen Matheson   Arranger
Paul McGeechan   Engineer
Robin Rankin   Engineer
Donald Shaw   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Kieran Lynch   Engineer

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