Saturday, July 5, 2014

Judy Collins “live in Ireland”

(Wildflower/Cleopatra) Not surprisingly, Collins voice is a well-maintained, completely mastered instrument, so putting her ethereal vocals in the context of an Irish castle, singing a mix of traditional and folk Irish melodies (plus a few hits) has the effect of hearing some kind of mystical faerie siryn seductively guiding your ship towards the Blarney Stone. Surprisingly, “The Cat’s in the Cradle” got the biggest castle-crowd reaction, dwarfing even “Danny Boy.” And pleasantly surprising are a guest turn from Mary Black and some supplemental percussion form an Irish step dancer!

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