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Songlines [Karan Casey]

  • 1. Roger the Miller
    2. She Is Like the Swallow
    3. Ballad of Accounting
    4. Shamrock Shore
    5. Martinmas Time
    6. Buachaillin Ban, An
    7. Creggan White Hare, The
    8. Song of Wandering Aengus, The
    9. One, I Love
    10. World Turned Upside Down, The (The Digger's Song)
    11. Labouring Man's Daughter, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 78007

  • Credits
    ProducerSeamus Egan
    EngineerRick Ridpath; John Anthony

    Personnel: John Anthony (guitar, drums, bass drum, bodhran, hi-hat, djembe, timpani, tom tom, percussion); John Doyle (guitar); Samus Egan (mandolin, flute, tin whistle, bodhran); Winifred Horan (violin); Michael Aharon (cello, piano, synthesizer, bass guitar, fretless bass, dumbek); Steve Holloway (snare drum); Daryl Burgess (djembe).
    Liner Note Author: Earle Hitchner.
    Recording information: Sigma Sound, Philadelphia, PA.
    Photographer: Colm Henry.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: John Anthony; John Doyle .
    Arrangers: John Anthony; Karan Casey; Michael Aharon; Samus Egan; Winifred Horan; John Doyle .
    Karan Casey sings for Solas, one of the hottest young Irish folk bands of the last five years. Her solo debut is a wonderful album, a program consisting primarily of traditional material presented with minimal arrangements that show off her crystalline voice to best advantage. The instrumentation is not always strictly traditional -- that's an electric guitar providing cloudlike washes of chordal harmony on "She Is Like the Swallow" -- but the overall feel is very much in the folk idiom. Despite the intrinsic lightness of her voice, Casey manages to deliver a blistering rendition of Ewan MacColl's acerbic "Ballad of Accounting," and she sings about the jilted "Roger the Miller" with deceptive sweetness. She also brings new energy and insight into such chestnuts as "Shamrock Shore" and "One, I Love." Her excellent backing musicians include members of Solas, notably flutist Seamus Egan, who also provides excellent production. ~ Rick Anderson

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