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Irish singer Niamh Parsons brings us "ancient tales of love and war" on her powerful new album, The Old Simplicity. Hailed for her "simply magnificent traditional singing" by Irish Music Magazine, Niamh has collected songs from both contemporary and traditional sources for the album, including originals by Linda Thompson, David Olney and Ron Kavanaugh. She teams again with guitarist Graham Dunne and producer Dennis Cahill, as on 2002’s Heart’s Desire (Green Linnet), named Celtic Album of the Year by the Association of Independent Music.
Reviews For The Old Simplicity:
"The sorrow of Irish loneliness is preserved most potently in the country’s music. In Niamh Parsons’ bold, Sandy Denny-like alto, their sadness becomes the listener’s happiness. Her new CD The OldSimplicity is a rich celebration of the fruits of melancholy." - Pamela Murray Winters, The Washington Post
"Over the past decade, Parsons has emerged as one of Ireland’s premier traditional divas. Her dusky mezzo is a gorgeous ballad instrument, falling right between Mary Black’s pristine purity and Dolores Keane’s husky passion. She is right at home with both the contemporary songs she sprinkles amid the trad gems on her new CD, The Old Simplicity. Whether singing about the human toll of hard times; the "heroes that don’t come;" or the ache of love lost, she always seems to be just telling us her own story." - Scott Alarik, Boston Globe
"In a voice filled with sweet melancholy and stately passion, Niamh Parsons sings traditional Irish songs, making ancient tales of love sound tender and immediate. A remarkable a cappella singer." - The New York Times
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