Ships in the Forest

Ships in the Forest

by Karan Casey

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Overview

You have to admire Karan Casey for being willing to take chances with her material. Certainly, she doesn't have to prove herself as a singer, since she's already at the top of the tree, so instead she seems to have set herself challenges. There's very much a bleakness to some of the songs, with a couple falling squarely into the anti-war camp ("Johnny We Hardly Knew Ye" and a dark, droning version of Joni Mitchell's "The Fiddle and the Drum"), but the feeling is of sorrow rather than anger. There's a track in Gaelic, and a gorgeous Martin Furey song, "Town of Athlone," which holds its own against any traditional ballad, as well as some heartbreak on "I Once Loved a Lass" and "Love Is Pleasing," deftly and delicately handled. And it possibly wouldn't be a real Irish album without an emigration ballad ("Erin's Lovely Home") or one of nationalism ("Dunlavin Green") -- but Casey has picked songs that are outside the common mold, for all that they're traditional. She's developed into a singer or great and glorious subtlety who can communicate emotions with a dazzling range, and these songs force her to do just that, but without any histrionics. On "Black Is the Colour" you feel the awe and gentle love of singer for subject, for example. With Ships in the Forest, Casey shows herself capable of anything.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/08/2008
Label: Compass Records
UPC: 0766397447629
catalogNumber: 4476
Rank: 69751

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Karan Casey   Primary Artist,Vocals
Donald Shaw   Accordion,Harmonium,Wurlitzer
Niall Vallely   Concertina
Cillian Vallely   Pipe
Robbie Overson   Guitar
Kris Drever   Guitar
Caoimhin Vallely   Piano
Martin O'Neill   Bodhran
Kate Ellis   Cello

Technical Credits

Joni Mitchell   Composer
Karan Casey   Arranger
Donald Shaw   Audio Production
Niall Vallely   Arranger,Engineer
Martin Furey   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Louis DeCarlo   Cover Photo
Kris Drever   Arranger
Iain Hutchison   Engineer

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