Karen Tweed & Andy Cutting / One Roof Under|
Accordionist Karen Tweed and Andy Cutting (melodeon) will release their new CD "Under One Roof"
(with Fyasco Records) in mid August 2002. The CD features traditional pieces from Ireland, England,
France and Sweden with new works by Chris Wood, Jan Ekedahl, Carina Normansson, Donald Shaw plus
Karen and Andy. Guest performers include Ian Carr (guitar) and Martin Green (accordion).
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George Graham Reviews Karan Casey's "The Winds Begin to Sing"
On The Wind Begins to Sing, she is joined by Donald Shaw, of the durable Scottish band
Capercaillie, who served as producer of the album and played keyboards.
Scottish Arts Council - Archive - Artist: Donald Shaw
Throughout his musical life Donald has been involved in composing for film and TV.
In 2000 his 70 minute score for the feature film 'Transition' was BAFTA nominated for best
soundtrack and two years later he was rewarded with two Royal Television Society awards for Best
Soundtrack and Best Theme in UK television. His composition ‘Harvest’ was performed at
the opening of Celtic Connections Festival in 2004. Donald is a founder member of world renowned
folk band Capercaillie.
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Karan Casey - reviews
Sing Out, Rob Weir
Karan Casey's latest solo venture is a thing
of rare beauty. It should also dispel any lingering notions that the Celtic
genre can contain her. There are but two traditional songs on the eleven-track
CD, and she draws from an eclectic group of songwriters for the rest.
She opens with a cover of Billy Bragg's "Distant Shore" that
is as fragile as antique crystal. Casey's wispy vocals dance in mirror
lockstep with James Grant's acoustic guitar, while producer Donald Shaw's
accordion fills the background. Casey maintains this quiet balance, even
as electric instruments enter the mix. To signal her intent to offer a
varied brew, Casey follows by finding the seam between Irish and bluegrass
music on a cover of Tim O'Brien's "Another Day," O'Brien himself
lending backing vocals. Shaw once again keeps the instrumentation in subdued
check, though everything from bouzouki to Wurlitzer organ is feathered
into the score. Casey later returns to Appalachian stylings on "The
Jute-Mill Song," and her own "Quiet of the Night" would
be more at home at a hazy, mellow piano bar than a peat-smoked Irish kitchen
Casey does not abandon her roots, however. On "Lord MacDonald's"
she keens and croons in the finest traditional style. This piece is a
stunner, with Casey's tongue-twisting lead gorgeously backed by Capercaillie's
Karen Matheson, Dezi Donnelly's flying fiddle notes, and tasteful percussion
from James Mackintosh and Signy Jacobson. As good as this is, Casey surpasses
it on "Bata is Bothar," in which she uses a tape delay to echo
her own vocal and uses the cadence of the Gaelic language as its own percussion.
It is one of two songs written by John Spillane and Louis de Paor. The
other, "Song of Lies," is as heartbreakingly beautiful as "Bata"
is exciting. Special kudos go to Donald Shaw for his production work on
this album; it is among his best work in years.