Nashville (Tennessee), USA – After five years as lead singer with the Irish-American supergroup Cherish the Ladies, and high praise for her debut solo outing, 2004’s Distant Future, Irish singer Heidi Talbot now extends her talents over a broader, bolder musical canvas, with In Love & Light, in company with a stellar cast of guests. Drawing on the full, diverse spectrum of influences that characterize her singing, In Love and Light complements Talbot’s exquisitely expressive, honeyed yet ardent voice with guest contributions from producer Boo Hewerdine, Eddi Reader, ex-Solas guitarist John Doyle, fiddler John McCusker and flute/whistle ace Michael McGoldrick.
The launch of In Love & Light at Glasgow’s world-renowned Celtic Connections festival this month kicked off an exciting year for Talbot, who’ll be featured as a guest on forthcoming albums by Radiohead drummer Philip Selway and the new trio collaboration of John McCusker, Kris Drever and Idlewild singer Roddy Woomble.Tracks on the new album range from the Scottish traditional ballad “Glenlogie” to the vintage Ink Spots hit “Whispering Grass”; Tom Waits’ bittersweet classic “Time” to an old parlour hymn, “When they ring the Golden Bells”. There’s an old-timey duet with Orcadian singer Kris Drever on “The Blackest Crow”, and a cover of “Cathedrals”, by the cult US band Jump Little Children, as well as two new originals by English singer-songwriter Boo Hewerdine, who produced the record. The list of guests also includes Capercaillie’s Donald Shaw and Ewen Vernal, and ex-Fairground Attraction drummer Roy Dodds.
The launch of In Love & Light, at Glasgow’s world-renowned Celtic Connections festival in January 2008 kicks off an exciting year for Talbot, who’ll be featured as a guest on forthcoming albums by Radiohead drummer Philip Selway, and the new trio collaboration of John McCusker, Kris Drever and Idlewild singer Roddy Woomble. Between times, she’ll be touring both the US and Europe extensively to promote In Love & Light.
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