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Karan Casey - Hieroglyphs That Tell The Tale

Irish Times Review
"Karan Casey’s latest album is revelatory. She’s always been a singer of songs that tell a story and show their muscle. But this collection sees her step into a space that’s likely to appeal equally to fans of alt-country and Irish folk alike. Her opening cover of Dylan’s Hollis Brown is a triumph: producer, Capercaillie’s Donald Shaw and engineer Seán Óg Graham support her to soar higher and further than ever before, and her telling of the tale of that South Dakota massacre is strangely resonant of these times we live in. Her reading of Janice Ian’s I’m Still Standing Here and of Eliza Gilkyson’s Man of God are remarkably comfortable bedfellows with the traditional Sixteen Come Next Sunday, all connected by the subtlest arrangements, with Niall Vallely on tiptoeing concertina, Michael McGoldrick on flute and contributing vocals from Karen Matheson, Aoife O’Donovan, Niamh Dunne and others. This is a strikingly three-dimensional work that stands the test of intensive and repeated listening with ease. A vivid and dazzling snapshot of Casey invincible, at the height of her powers." (Siobhán Long, Irish Times 19/10/18)


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Karan Casey - Two More Hours

Karan's new album features guest appearances by singers Mick Flannery, Abigail Washburn and Aoife O'Donovan and was produced by Niall Vallely. This self-penned album is a first for Karan. Contemporary in tone it takes a much more personal approach to her writing and singing.  

 

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Karan Casey - Ships in the Forest

Karan Casey is an artist who proves that the ancient and the modern make excellent bedfellows. One of the most influential and imitated vocalists in Irish or American folk music, Karan is a natural innovator. On Ships in the Forest, her fifth solo album, Casey's warm, soulful voice ebbs and flows around ballads both timely and timeless.
Produced once again by Donald Shaw (of Capercaillie fame), the album was recorded at Karan’s home in County Cork and features the members of her current touring band, Caoimhín Vallely (piano), Kate Ellis (cello) and Robbie Overson (guitar) along with some special guests, including Kris Drever and Niall and Cillian Vallely.
The songs found on Ships in the Forest range from fresh arrangements of tried and true folk standards ("Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair" and "Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye") to "The Fiddle and the Drum", Joni Mitchell's 1969 anti-war madrigal and Martin Furey’s newly-composed “The Town of Athlone”.
"One of the great voices in contemporary music has just gotten even better." Sing Out

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Karan Casey - Chasing the Sun


"Chasing the Sun" was released in April 2005. This album represented a new departure, featuring as it does a significant number of her self-penned songs. Recorded at her home in Co. Cork and produced by herself and partner Niall Vallely, the album largely features her touring band of Robbie Overson, Paul Meehan and Niall Vallely along with Ewen Vernal, John Anthony, Michael Aharon and Erik Johnson.

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"This album has irresistible, addictive qualities that make it very hard to switch off from."  Living Tradition

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Karan Casey - Distant Shore

Karan's third album was released throughout the world in 2003. Produced by Donald Shaw it features a mixture of contemporary and traditional material. Guests include vocalists Tim O'Brien, Karen Matheson and John Spillane. Karan's regular band of Robbie Overson and Niall Vallely are joined by the likes of Dirk Powell, Michael McGoldrick, Dezi Donnelly, Paul Meehan, James Grant and Cillian Vallely. Traditional songs sit alongside new material from John Spillane & Louis de Paor, Billy Bragg, Ger Woulfe, Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott, Ewan McColl and Karan herself.

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"Casey shifts her focus to contemporary folk-pop songs and emerges as the Irish equivalent of Emmylou Harris," Washington Post

"Karan's out in front and from the looks of this will be for many years to come." Irish Music Magazine

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Karan Casey - The Winds Begin to Sing

Karan's second solo album, 'The Winds Begin to Sing', was a major critical success throughout the world. Voted Best Folk Album of 2001 by the readers of Irish Music Magazine, it blended her intimate grasp of traditional music with a daring new approach.The album featured a mixture of traditional songs collected from the likes of Frank Harte and Áine Uí Cheallaigh and contemporary songs by writers such as John Spillane, Louis de Paor and Andy M.Stewart.

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Karan Casey - Songlines

Karan's debut album was produced by Seamus Egan and largely featured the playing of her Solas colleagues. A stunning collection of mostly traditional songs it still sounds as fresh today as it was the day it was recorded. 

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Karan Casey & John Doyle - Exiles Return

Long awaited duet album from former Solas bandmates Karan Casey and John Doyle. Produced by Dirk Powell and recorded in Nashville, the album draws mostly on the traditional repertoire of Irish, Scottish and English songs alongside one John Doyle original.

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