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Lowlands

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An Nighean Dubh / The Dark Haired Girl
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Johnny Coughlin
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The Hare's Lament
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Slan Agus Beannacht / Goodbye And Farewell
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The Snows They Melt The Soonest
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Nansai Og Ni Obarlain / Young Nancy Oberlin
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Lord Baker
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Dark Horse On The Wind
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The Lowlands Of Holland
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Bonny Greenwoodside
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To Fair London Town
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The Moorlough Shore
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 52:02

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Review 1

John Schaefer

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John Schaefer is the host of WNYC’s innovative music/talk show Soundcheck, which features live performances and interviews with a variety of guests. Schaefer ha...more »

04.22.11
Susan McKeown, Lowlands
Label: Green Linnet / The Orchard

An Irish singer who lives in New York, McKeown has a knack for exploring unusual corners of the Celtic tradition while still populating her albums with enduring favorites. Even better, McKeown has a knack for unconventional arrangements: she uses the kora (West African lute- harp), erhu (Chinese fiddle) and Indian tabla to good effect, and the beautiful song "The Snows They Melt the Soonest" sports the singular fiddling of the late Johnny Cunningham. Best of… read more »

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Wonderful voice

MsMossie

This woman has the most enchanting voice. It just takes you away... If you are a Celtic music fan, this is a MUST. The arrangements are interesting yet moving.

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Susan McKeown is an Irish folk musician with an unusually diverse resume. She has made albums of original music and albums of traditional songs, including a stunning collection of seasonal tunes entitled Through the Bitter Frost and Snow, on which the primary instruments were McKeown’s voice and Lindsey Horner’s string bass. She has also collaborated with numerous musicians from traditions both within and without the Celtic the world, and her music has been used in TV commercials for products as diverse as facial cream and automobiles. At this point, the only really surprising thing she could have done would have been to make a primarily traditional Irish album, which is exactly what she’s done with the beautiful Lowlands. Granted, the instrumentation is frequently unusual — on the haunting “Dark Horse on the Wind” she’s accompanied by banjo and erhu (a Chinese bowed instrument), and on “Bonny Greenwoodside” she plays finger cymbals while others play the tabla and caxixis. But the songs are very definitely from the Irish tradition, and her delivery is as hair-raising as ever. Highlights include the slightly flamenco-flavored “Slan agus Beannacht (Goodbye and Farewell)” and the anguished, a capella “Dark Horse on the Wind.” Highly recommended. – Rick Anderson

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