|Sharon Kennedy's new CD for Adults is now available!|
This is my dream album, the one I really, really wanted to make. It is my first album for adults. I never got around to making one all of these years. There are five stories in all, four of which I collected in Ireland in 1987, from the last of the last of the seanachies/storytellers who were mostly quite elderly—except for the man in his late 60's who told the two funny stories. The fifth story I learned from the printed page when, one day, storyteller and fiddler Michael Punzak handed me a copy of "Raftery, the Fiddler" by the legendary Seumas McManus.
I was very lucky when I asked harper Barbara Russell, who used to perform with me all the time, if she could get away for a few days from a full-time job and a husband and daughter in western Massachusetts. She said "yes" without hesitation. On this album you will hear a voice and a harp breathing together as one.
For many years I have been a fan of Beth Bahia Cohen's Hungarian, Middle Eastern, Greek, and Irish fiddling. She travels the world with her fiddle. She is the fiddler on this album and on "Raftery, the Fiddler" she is Raftery, "the best fiddler in all Ireland."
If you are interested in the fairy folk and you like mystical stories, you must have this album. If you like funny stories and are willing to see if the two on here are your kind of funny, I think there's a good chance you'll be pleased. If you want to hear a story about beautiful young women and the respect which is not always there for older women, that is a story you will listen to over and over again. You will hear an old woman who speaks truth to power and then some!
Thank you for your support, and I hope you love this album as much as I loved making it.
|With Beth Bahia Cohen, fiddle; and Barbara Russell, harp
Engineered and edited by William Kenlon