Karan Casey is one of the most instantly recognizable, alluring and original voices in the world of folk music. This new CD, a collection of potent Irish and contemporary ballads, is a follow up to Casey’s THE WINDS BEGIN TO SING, which won Irish Music Magazine’s Best Folk Album award in 2001. DISTANT SHORE showcases Karan’s superb talent for interpreting traditional Irish material along with contemporary material by songwriters such as Billy Bragg, American bluegrass/traditional artists Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott, Irish singer/songwriter John Spillane and poet Louis de Paor. Karan also contributed a song of her own.
For the album she surrounded herself with a diverse cast of musicians. As well as her regular band of Niall Vallely and Robbie Overson and producer/keyboard/accordion player Donald Shaw (of Capercaillie fame), Karan is joined by the likes of Michael McGoldrick, Dirk Powell, Ewen Vernal, James Grant, Dezi Donnelly, Paul Meehan and Cillian Vallely along with three guest singers Tim O’Brien, Karen Matheson and John Spillane.