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Maura O'Connell

Maura O'Connell

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Since her U.S. debut fourteen years ago, the internationally-acclaimed stylist has applied her luminescent voice to the songs of John Hiatt, Janis Ian, Tom Waits, Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Paul Carrack, Karla Bonoff and dozens of other song poets.

Along the way, she has earned a Grammy Award nomination and multi-platinum sales success in her native Ireland. She continues to impress with the release of WANDERING HOME, a selection of traditional Irish songs as extraordinary as her undeniable talent.

Through five esteemed U.S. releases, O'Connell has specialized in passionate yet respectful renditions of lyrics that stand the test of time. Her art has nothing to do with over-embellishing songs with vocal acrobatics and everything to do with communication.

Her musical peers have led the cheering section for this simple yet eloquent philosophy. O'Connell has been summoned to sing with, among others, Van Morrison, James Taylor, Nanci Griffith, Dolly Parton, Bonnie Raitt, The Chieftains and Roseanne Cash - each a genre-defying stylist ideal for O'Connell's liberated musical vision.

As a live performer, O'Connell is well on her way to achieving that goal. "My one vanity is that I can pretty much win over any audience - just get me in front of them. When I sing live, it is more intense. I am a singer who's like an actor. The emotion that comes from seeing what I do - my body, my personality, the banter, the energy from the crowd - has a much to do with how I sing a song as why I sing it."

In an artistic odyssey that has led from small-town Ireland (she grew up in County Clare) to Music City, USA, O'Connell first came to prominence as part of the traditional group De Danaan.

By transforming lyrics and music into intimate portraits of human life, she offers soulful consolation on simply living it. The ultimate singer's singer, O'Connell's gems are worth hearing again and again.

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Maura O'Connell : Naked with Friends : 00  1 CD :  : SUH14018.2

Maura O'Connell : Naked with Friends

Review: Maura has always been singing, growing up in Ireland, where she tapped into the vast treasury of soulful folk songs, which she absorbed by osmosis. When interviewed as her fame slowly grew, they would ask "Why don't you play an instrument, why don't you write?" Her stock answer was, "Yeah, I'm just a singer." She says that "Naked with Friends" has been following her around for a very long time, and her friends include Aine Derrane, Sarah Dugas, Liam Bradley, Paul Brady, Alison Krauss, Tim O'Brien, Dolly Parton, Kate Rusby and Darrell Scott. Some favorites among these 13 haunting cuts are Jimmy McCarthy's "The Bright Blue Rose," Cheryl Wheeler's "Arrow," Rhonda Jo Fleming & Janis Ian's "Some People's Lives," "Ae Fond Kiss," traditional tunes "The Blacksmith," "Anach Cuain" and "I Know My Love," Joan Armatrading's poignant "Weakness in Me," Darrell Scott's "This Beggar's Heart" and Holly Near's "Hay Una Mujer Desapercida." There's no vocal percussion here, just singing and sweet harmonies that move you and touch your heart. A powerful, impressive collection of friends, and songs, from Maura O'Connell!

Songlist: The Bright Blue Rose, Mo Sheamuseen, Arrow, Some People's Lives, The Blacksmith, Ae Fond Kiss, Shipbuilding, Anach Cuain, I Know My Love, Weakness In Me, The Beggar's Heart, Maidin Im'bearra, Hay Una Mujer Desapercida

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9937c | 00 1 CD | $15.95 | A Cappella Irish Vocal Harmony


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