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Bushes & Briars
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock
For her foray into traditional music, American-based Irish singer Susan McKeown hasn't chosen the safe path. By including instruments like tabla, French horn, and clarinet--none of which are associated with Celtic music--s... more »
For her foray into traditional music, American-based Irish singer Susan McKeown hasn't chosen the safe path. By including instruments like tabla, French horn, and clarinet--none of which are associated with Celtic music--she's stretching the boundaries of the genre. But the fascinating, often daring arrangements serve merely to frame her voice, which is often shown starkly, even unaccompanied. With guests like Morocco's Hassan Hakmoun, former Planxty man Andy Irvine, and Solas's Seamus Egan, she has a first-class crew behind her, but she, and her haunting voice, remain the real stars of the show, offering a radiant path to the heart of the songs here. Her selection of material (both in English and Gaelic) veers far from the tried and true, but even on a song like "Bonny Boy," she marks it with her own identity. Bushes and Briars is a complete triumph, establishing McKeown as one of the top contemporary Celtic singers. --Chris Nickson
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Myra S. (ignolopi) from SLC, UT
Reviewed on 9/27/2010...
The songs Bushes & Briars and In London So Fair are some of my favorite Irish pieces, Susan McKeown's voice is incredibly strong and lovely. From this CD I also enjoyed Seoladh Na Ngamhna and her version of Banks of Claudy. I enjoy the strong mix of instruments in pieces such as In London So Fair, which is why I am not as partial to the tracks such as 'Bonny Boy' that are pure or mainly a cappella. Some of the tracks on this CD are a little dull. As far as the whole CD goes, I liked more songs off her CD Lowlands, but if you have not heard Susan McKeown before, this CD is a good place to start, especially for those 2 particular tracks.
A wonderful discovery
Colleen Ryan | Albany, NY | 03/09/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm not shopping for an Audi, but the music behind their "Father & Daughter" commercial caught my ear. I thought it was Maura O'Connell, maybe, but I found out (via e-mail) that the music was from 'Bushes & Briars,' and promptly bought the CD.I listened to it for the first time last night. It was nice to hear the entire length of "H-O Abha-Inn" (Little One) instead of just the snippet from the commercial.I really enjoyed the updated arrangements of traditional songs, especially "Mountain Streams Where the Moorcocks Crow".If you're a fan -- as I am -- of Loreena McKennitt, you'll love this CD."
Hearing is believing
Ricardo Escalante | Cotati, CA United States | 02/18/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After buying "Lowlands" I went online and looked up Susan's other albums, then bought B&B. The combination of her voice and the melodies just knock me out. Although I am less enamoured of her earlier work, I recommend these two and look forward to another in the future. Fortunately you can use your own ears and if thirty seconds per works for you, go for it."