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Catherine Koehler | Shan-a-Key

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by Catherine Koehler

A blending of traditional and contemporary Celtic tunes with a few stories thrown in for authenticity, Shan-a-key is an album that delivers the complete Celtic experience.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Fox
2:52 $1.49
2. The Green and the Blue
4:38 $1.49
3. The Three Crows
3:33 $1.49
4. Raglan Road
5:00 $1.49
5. Donegal Danny
5:40 $1.49
6. My Lovely Rose of Clare
3:27 $1.49
7. Something from Nothing
5:00 $1.49
8. Molly Malone
2:20 $1.49
9. Ned of the Hill
3:02 $1.49
10. No News
3:44 $1.49
11. Oft in the Stilly Night
2:16 $1.49
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
I have always been a singer. Even as a wee child I was singing outside on the playground or inside with my dolls, and usually totally unaware that I was. I would even sing for hours to the cows on my grandfather's farm until the entire herd was standing in front of me. It seems like my life always had something worthy of singing about! I was also blessed to have a mother who loved music. She provided a house filled with the folk music that permeated the 60's as well as made it possible for me to attend numerous touring Broadway Musicals after we moved to Knoxville, TN in 1968. I fell in love with the songs of both - and for a kid I had a tremendous repertoire ranging from Joan Baez to the musicals of Oliver!, My Fair Lady, South Pacific, and my all time favorite The Sound of Music. Although I always knew of my Celtic heritage, it was not something that my family embraced specifically. My mother was a wonderful storyteller, and I did know many popular Irish songs, but the traditional music of Ireland was found largely in the remote areas of the Erin isle and not in the Appalachian mountains of east Tennessee where I spent my formative years. Any Celtic influence I had was watered down by listening to the pseudo jigs and reels called bluegrass...which I loved....to the square dancing and clogging that were taught during P.E.

Fast forward to 2008 and this lassie was living far from her family and had somehow lost her cultural compass. I had raised 4 children in the birthplace of the blues, the Mississippi Delta. By chance I was given tickets to a Celtic Crossroads concert and it was there that my life came full circle. As the uiIleann pipes began to play, fog crawled over the edge of the stage and filled the auditorium. A fiddle played a REAL jig, something I hadn't heard in seemingly a lifetime! With tears in my eyes I made a personal transformation that night to learn and embrace the culture that I had been ignoring for too many years.

As a singer I truly love it all....the pop and oldies of my adolescence, the scores of the old Broadway classics, the folk and bluegrass of my adopted home in Tennessee, but it is the Celtic music of my birthright that has finally completed me. I often tell the story of taking piano lessons from the widow Flanders when I was perhaps 6 years old. I remember her stone house and the swing on the porch where I waited for my lesson. I also remember how truly horrible I was at piano! I never practiced, I guessed at all the notes and to this very day I can't read music. But in her wisdom, Mrs. Flanders knew that I was never going to be a piano player. She saw a different musical path for me. Instead, I was the only student she had sing at the recital and I haven't stopped since.



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