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In My Prime

  • 1. Bonny Woodhall
    2. Green Grass It Grows Bonny
    3. In My Prime
    4. Horo Johnny
    5. Annan Waters
    6. Orphan's Wedding
    7. Pistn Fionn, An
    8. Black Is the Color
    9. Two Sisters
    10. Lakes of Coolfin
    11. Bold Doherty
    12. So Here's to You
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1203

  • Credits
    ProducerAlan Whelan; Niamh Parsons
    EngineerAlan Whelan

    Personnel: Niamh Parsons, Anne Parsons-Dunne (vocals); Graham Dunne (guitar); Paul Kelly (mandolin, fiddle); Siobhan Peoples (fiddle); Mike Kinsella (harmonica); Josephine Marsh (accordion); Seamus Brett (piano); Alan Whelan (keyboards); Steve Dunford (shaker).
    Recorded at Solitaire Studios, Dublin, Ireland in November 1999.
    Personnel: Niamh Parsons (vocals); Josephine Marsh (accordion); Seamus Brett (piano); Alan Whelan (keyboard bass).
    Audio Mixers: Alan Whelan; Niamh Parsons.
    Recording information: Solitaire Studios, Dublin, Ie (11/1999).
    Arrangers: Josephine Marsh; Alan Whelan; Niamh Parsons; Seamus Brett.
    Maybe you thought she couldn't improve on Blackbirds and Thrushes. Apparently, she could. Hard as it is to imagine how she could have outdone the gentle but robust beauty of performances like "Fear a Bhata" and "The Flower of Magherally O," she's done so here with a stunning voice and guitar arrangement of "Green Grass It Grows Bonny" (which some listeners will know as "I Wonder What's Keeping My True Love Tonight") and a delicately ornamented a cappella rendition of the heartbreaking "Annan Waters" in which a bereft young woman curses the river in which her lover has drowned and vows to build a bridge across it "that never more true love may sever." Cheerfulness is hard to come by on this program; other highlights include the gruesome murder ballad "Two Sisters," a song about a young man who drowns despite his sister's warnings and then visits her as a ghost (sung with Parsons' sister Anne), and Andy M. Stewart's deeply creepy "Orphan's Wedding" (a reputedly true story of two war orphans who marry, only later to find out that they're brother and sister). But as is so often the case with Irish music, it's the tragedy and pathos that give the songs depth and texture in addition to their prettiness. And it's Parsons' singing that makes it easy to overlook how awful many of these stories are. Highly recommended. ~ Rick Anderson

  • Critic Reviews
    CMJ (8/21/00, p.32) - "...A truly captivating listen by a first-class traditional singer..."
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