Noble Stranger

Noble Stranger

by Nuala Kennedy


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Noble Stranger

Now happily settled in Scotland, Irish flutist and singer Nuala Kennedy delivers a much more cohesive and adventurous third album with Noble Stranger. There's the mix of traditional and original material, but with her band behind her, there is a real sense of togetherness in the sound -- these are road-tested veterans who understand each other. The instrumental skills are shown in full force on "Love at the Swimming Pool," which also has a lovely dash of backing vocals to fill out the sound. But what really sets this apart is the use of an old Casio keyboard, given to Kennedy by Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake. It makes a huge difference in the sound, not only on the self-penned opener "Gabriel Sings," but on her take on the old "Lord Duneagle," working well with the acoustic instruments. The centerpiece, though, is the two-part "Asturias," which builds gradually into a sprightly dance of a track, led by Kennedy's flute, with its delicious, pure tone then exploding into full flower for the second part. "The Banks of the Roses" creates something new, a mix of traditional music and gentle '80s electro -- it's charming and it works. That Casio has put new life into Kennedy's work and helped raise it to another level. She's moved along as a singer, too, now more assured and bringing a mature warmth to the traditional pieces, while her flute work continues to grow in stature, fluent and always melodic.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/28/2012
Label: Compass Records
UPC: 0766397457925
catalogNumber: 4579
Rank: 154840

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nuala Kennedy   Primary Artist,Flute,Keyboards,Vocals
Mike Bryan   Guitar,Pedals
Ian MacLeod   Banjo
Mário Caribé   Bass
AJ Roach   Vocals
Donald Hay   Percussion,Drums
Euan Burton   Bass

Technical Credits

Keith Bird   Engineer
Norman Chalmers   Liner Notes
Angus Fitchet   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Julian Sutton   Composer
Louis DeCarlo   Cover Photo
Nuala Kennedy   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Whistle
Jacky Molard   Composer
Angus Lyon   Engineer
Niall Kenny   Composer
Archie Lindsay   Composer

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