Susan McKeown’s World Celtic Sounds

Burbank, California, USA – World Village has released Sweet Liberty, the latest album by Irish vocalist
Susan McKeown. She
assembled a small group of extraordinary musicians. One of McKeown’s
specialties is reviving rare songs that have yet to be explored
in the current Celtic revival. Her arrangements of these songs
sometimes employ traditional instrumentation but are as likely
to surprise the listener with instrumentation not expected on an
album of Celtic songs. “Oró Mhíle Grá” (A Thousand Times, My
Love) is a fascinating collaboration between McKeown and
Ensemble Tartit, a group of Tuareg musicians from Northern Mali.
There was very little arrangement beforehand: we met in
the studio in Manhattan, sat down in a circle and began to sing,
and it was as if we were singing the same song
“, says
McKeown.Mariachi Real de México provides a rich, nostalgic accompaniment
to the English folk song “Eggs in her Basket.” Traditional Irish
colors are also very much in evidence. The album opens with McKeown leading the instrumental quartet Flook in “The Wee Birds All Have
Come and Gone.”

Listening to Irish traditional music and song for
me is like listening to stories coming down from the past which
have relevance in the present
“, explains McKeown. “Perhaps
people feel a deep connection to Irish music because it
expresses deeply felt emotions to which we can all relate

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.