Personnel includes: Andy White (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars); Liam O'Manolai (vocals, bodhran); Angela McCluskey (vocals); Kiernan Kennedy (electric guitar); David Crichton (strings); Robert Malone (bass);
Dave Clarke (drums).
Engineers include: Kieran Kennedy, John Leckie, Ivan O'Shea.
Recorded between October 1999 and April 2000.
Personnel: Kieran Kane (vocals, guitar); Kieran Kennedy (vocals, electric guitar, dobro, banjo); Stephen Fearing (vocals, electric guitar, mandola); Rick Cowling (vocals, keyboard bass); Cathy White, Angela McCluskey (vocals); Ursula Burns (harp); David Crichton (strings); Radoslav Lorkovic (accordion, piano); David Bridie, Ingmar Kiang (keyboards); Nick Seymour, Robert Malone (bass guitar).
Recording information: Abbey Glen Castle, Clifden (10/1999-04/2000); Apollo Studio, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland (10/1999-04/2000); M.P.R. Studios, St. Paul, MN (10/1999-04/2000); Totally Wired, Dublin, Ireland (10/1999-04/2000); Walker Street, Melbourne, Australia (10/1999-04/2000); Wellington Audio.com, Toronto, Canada (10/1999-04/2000).
Photographer: Michele Turriani.
White has switched from edgy folk label Cooking Vinyl to the more austere Thirsty Ear for this self-titled departure from his usual sparse and driving protest songs and Irish ballads. These are thoughtful pop constructs that leave the listener on a plateau of abandon one minute and in a melancholic valley the next. The album is outstanding in its evocation of emotional ambiguity, both lyrically and within its brilliant harmonic changes. Themes of yearning -- for travel, home, companionship, and freedom -- and moving on filter through in vignettes, both specific and non-specific. The tracks are enriched by a roster of guests, such as Radoslav Lorkovic on accordion, Ursula Burns on harp, and Stephen Fearing on mandola. It includes the gospel-tinged wails of Josie Docherty on "Jesus in a Cadillac," a duet with the Wild Colonials' Angela McCluskey on the sublime "Please," and the elevating single "Coz I'm Free," which was inspired by the tattoo on the arm of Olympic 400-meter champion Cathy Freeman. ~ Travis Drageset