#8 Album July Folk DJ Charts 2011
#12 Abum Aug Folk DJ Charts 2011
Recorded in Ireland and featuring some of the best musicians in Celtic and American folk from both sides of the Atlantic, Kyle Carey’s debut album MONONGAH heralds the arrival of a promising new singer-songwriter on the acoustic scene.
Kyle's songs take us from the hills of Appalachia, to the shores of Cape Breton, to the Highlands of Scotland. Her musical journey began while working as a waitress at Caffe Lena, America's most prestigious folk venue, where she was able to listen, every weekend to the best in folk, and culminated this past year in western Ireland, where she recorded her debut album.
In these nine originals, Kyle creates modern American narratives through the eyes of her ancestors, such as the impact of a mining disaster on the Monongahela River in West Virginia on our title track Monongah. In Adenine, we meet the lost orphan of a southern Baptist preacher, sold cruelly by his mother to the circus to make ends meet, while in Devil at your Back, the verse of West Virginian poet Louise McNeill inspires a warning of all things that herald bad luck. Sparsely arranged and tastefully delivered, Kyle's songs combine both American Folk and Celtic genres for something entirely new and arrestingly beautiful.
released June 11, 2011
Skillfully produced by the legendary Irish guitarist Donogh Hennessy (Lùnasa) in his West Kerry studio, Monongah features Pauline Scanlon (Lumiere) and Aoife Clancy (Cherish the Ladies) on harmony vocals, Cape Breton fiddler Rosie MacKenzie (The Cottars), Brendan O' Sullivan (Gràda), old-time fiddler Cleek Schrey, Appalachian expert John Kirk (Quickstep) on mandolin and banjo, and Trevor Hutchinson (The Waterboys) on double bass.
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