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Cathie Ryan


  • 1. Garden Valley
    2. Sln Abhaile
    3. Eveline
    4. 12th of July, The (Lament for the Children)
    5. When Detroit Was Burning
    6. You and I in the One Bed Lie
    7. Ned of the Hill
    8. White Dress
    9. Shades of Gloria
    10. Dark Moll of the Glen
    11. Shein Bhin
    12. It's a Long Road That Has No Turn
    13. Or Mo Bhidn
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 78008

  • Credits
    ProducerSeamus Egan
    EngineerPaul Smith; Rick Ridpath; Sanford Markley; John Anthony

    Personnel: Cathie Ryan (bodhran); Zan McLeod (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bouzouki); John McGann (acoustic guitar, lap steel guitar, dobro, mandolin); Michael Aharon (electric guitar, cello, piano, keyboards); Samus Egan (fiddle, flute, tin whistle, Uilleann pipe, bodhran); Winifred Horan (fiddle); Jerry O'Sullivan (Uilleann pipe); Chico Huff (bass guitar, fretless bass); John Anthony (drums, congas, bodhran, djembe, shaker, percussion); Steve Halloway (drums).
    Audio Mixer: John Anthony.
    Recording information: Sigma Sound Services, Philadelphia, PA (05/1996-08/1996).
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Paul Smith ; Rick Ridpath; John Anthony; Samus Egan.
    Arranger: Cathie Ryan.
    Michigan native Cathie Ryan used to sing for Cherish the Ladies, and the sound of her solo debut is, as she puts it, "Kerry and Tipperary with a Detroit accent." Many of the tunes, such as "Ned of the Hill" and the lovely "Garden Valley" are traditional Irish fare and are presented in a more or less traditional manner. But there's also a strong country influence at work here -- "White Dress" is a straight-ahead country waltz, and check out the drums and dobro on "Shades of Gloria." Ryan's voice is clear, rich and lovely, with no trace of affectation; she doesn't always sound completely comfortable singing in Gaelic, but she wears the songs themselves as comfortably as an old sweater, and delivers them with a winning sweetness. "The 12th of July" is perhaps a bit overwrought, and the country influence is more awkward than charming on "Eveline," but those are minor missteps and easily overlooked. Seamus Egan's excellent production skirts the edge of overdoing it, but always stays just on the right side of the line. Overall, this is a very promising debut from a major talent. ~ Rick Anderson

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