Traditional Irish Music
This is a track taken from the new album by Kate Crossan which was released late last year. Kate is from Randalstown County Antrim and she has already recorded with the Irish-Canadian band, “Kitty’s Kitchen” while she was living in Toronto. Following that she recorded a second album of traditional standards called “Celtic Heart” with Oliver Shroer for the Avalon/Somerset label which went platinum. Away is quite a mature recording that is well tempered when it comes to the arrangements. With Martin Tourish in the production seat you would expect nothing less and he brings a delicate touch to proceedings.
The song choices on the album were were quite personal to Kate as two songs were sung by her own father who was a traditional singer and melodeon player from Inishowen. “I feel it is important for me to have a connection to a song in order to sing it and that’s either with the singer from whom I heard it or the subject matter.” Tracks like The Franklin Expedition, Siúil a ghrá, My Lovely Irish Rose and the unaccompanied Fair Randalstown provide a mix of familiar and fresh material that is compelling. “Older traditional songs are always new in the individual interpretation of the singer” she says. We have an interview with Kate completed and we will post it up next week.
In the meantime visit www.katecrossan.com
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