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Review: Niamh Parsons - Heart's Desire

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michaelr 31 May 02 - 11:50 PM
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Subject: Niamh Parsons - Heart's Desire
From: michaelr
Date: 31 May 02 - 11:50 PM

Just got her new CD, and I must say, the lady just keeps getting better! Having started out as a sort of Sandy Denny sound-alike, Niamh Parsons has really come into her own. Produced by long-time Martin Hayes partner Dennis Cahill, this album keeps accompaniments to a tasteful minimum, showcasing the singer's beautiful voice and wonderfully detailed, sean nos-style ornamentation.

The material ranges from well-known trad songs such as "Brokenhearted I'll Wander" of Dolores Keane fame and "My Lagan Love" to Bill Caddick's "Syracuse" and Andy Irvine's "West Coast of Clare", with the real eye-opener being a wrenching anti-war ballad by, of all people, Mark Knopfler, called "Done with Bonaparte".

For good measure, a couple of blazing instrumental guitar duos between Cahill and Graham Dunne are thrown into the mix. This is a GREAT album. Highly recommended!

Cheers,
Michael


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Subject: RE: Review: Niamh Parsons - Heart's Desire
From: Lorraine
Date: 01 Jun 02 - 01:03 PM

She's a geat performer too. She was touring through the Washington area a few eeks ago. Wonderful! But a sort of small audience. See her if you get a chance.

duplicate post deleted by mudelf ;-)


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Subject: RE: Review: Niamh Parsons - Heart's Desire
From: toribw
Date: 01 Jun 02 - 02:23 PM

Thanks for the capsule review, michaelr. Parsons is one of my favorite singers, and I have been looking forward to her new release. Lorraine, I've been on the lookout for her, hope I can make one of her shows sometime.


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Subject: RE: Review: Niamh Parsons - Heart's Desire
From: Áine
Date: 01 Jun 02 - 06:07 PM

Thanks so much, michaelr, for the review and the heads-up on her new CD! I'll echo what toribw said, Niamh is one of my top five favorite singers, and one of my fondest memories of the North Texas Irish Festival is seeing her perform on an open air stage for an extra long set. The act that was to follow her didn't show up, so this wonderful lady just kept singing -- to a very appreciative audience, I'll tell you. What a pro!

I'm definitely going to add this CD to my NP collection.

All the best, Áine


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Subject: RE: Review: Niamh Parsons - Heart's Desire
From: michaelr
Date: 01 Jun 02 - 07:30 PM

Now if she'd only come to California!

Michael


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Subject: RE: Review: Niamh Parsons - Heart's Desire
From: GUEST,Lordgramsham
Date: 29 Oct 02 - 08:45 AM

Niamh is coming to California in November - check the website www.niamhparsons.com


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Subject: RE: Review: Niamh Parsons - Heart's Desire
From: Noreen
Date: 29 Oct 02 - 09:31 AM

...and to answer the next question before it's asked, it's pronounced 'Neev'
(and she's wonderful!)


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Subject: RE: Review: Niamh Parsons - Heart's Desire
From: GUEST,Geordie
Date: 29 Oct 02 - 10:36 AM

What a great idea, to review new cds. I wish more people would do it. I really appreciate hearing about new stuff. Thanks so much.

Geordie


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Subject: RE: Review: Niamh Parsons - Heart's Desire
From: michaelr
Date: 29 Oct 02 - 09:04 PM

Thanks, Guest, for that link. However...

The Nov. 24 concert listed at Niamh's site (Freight and Salvage, which is in Berkeley, not San Francisco) is NOT mentioned in the venue's new mailer, which I received today. I have e-mailed Niamh for clarification.

Cheers,
Michael


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Subject: RE: Review: Niamh Parsons - Heart's Desire
From: michaelr
Date: 30 Oct 02 - 08:56 PM

Received email reply from N.P. today.

She will be appearing at The Plough and the Stars in San Francisco on Nov. 24.


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