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Downriver - album cover

Downriver (2005)

The album is mostly inspired by traditional gaelic songs Karen grew up with is and is a mainly acoustic affair. Recorded in the serene setting of Crear Studios in Argyll, the album evolved from 'live' sessions with her familiar recording and touring quartet of James Grant (guitar), James Mackintosh (percussion), Donald Shaw (piano/accordion) and Ewen Vernal (double bass) along with the illustrious Donal Lunny (Capercaillie's original producer and well-known backbone of seminal Irish bands The bothy band and Planxty), who plays guitar, bouzouki and bodhran. Extra magic comes from Michael McGoldrick (pipes), Aidan O Rourke (fiddle) ,Stuart Nisbet and the Scottish ensemble (strings).

cat no: VERTCD075

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Time to fall - album cover

Time to Fall

"Time to Fall" was released in May 2002 and added a new dimension to the voice that has won Capercaillie so many fans worldwide - bringing a new depth to some outstanding contemporary material. There is a cool sophistication about the album, thanks in part, to some exceptional material, half of it written by James Grant, one of Scotland's most talented songwriters. The colaboration with James that began on 'The Dreaming Sea' with his distinctive, soulful music and lyrics make a deep impression on the album. In addition to six James Grant tracks there are songs by Donald Shaw, Paul McGeechan and Bobby Henry. Two Gaelic songs and one traditional Robert Burns composition add yet more diversity to the album.

cat no: VRTCD002

The Dreaming Sea - album cover

The Dreaming Sea

In 1996 Karen began work on her debut solo album, letting her voice shine over a broad range of songs with collaborations with some of Scotland's finest musicians. Singer-songwriter James Grant contributes four songs including the radio hit "There's Always Sunday", and other highlights include a stunning version of Sandy Denny's "One More Chance" and a breathtaking Gaelic song "Mi ie M''Uilinn" performed live in the studio with an exquisite sax solo from Tommy Smith.

cat no: SURCD 020 / SURMC 020


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