Christa Burch | Love of the Land

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Love of the Land

by Christa Burch

A singular new voice in Celtic music: warm, supple, expressive, intimate, and instantly recognizable; accompanied by Dennis Cahill, John Doyle, John Williams, Liz Knowles, Kieran O'Hare, Richard Mandel, Olivier Longuet, Larry Grey, and Kat Eggleston.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Leaving Australia
3:12 $0.99
2. Johnny Lad
3:29 $0.99
3. Gloomy Winter's Noo Awa'
3:24 $0.99
4. Loughrask
5:02 $0.99
5. The Hawk and the Crow
2:16 $0.99
6. The Lady Mary Sails
3:16 $0.99
7. The Lowlands of Holland
4:46 $0.99
8. Giant
4:17 $0.99
9. The Piper and the Maker
4:29 $0.99
10. Lochanside
3:21 $0.99
11. The Road to Clady
3:58 $0.99
12. Hush
4:34 $0.99
13. Keg of Brandy
3:09 $0.99
14. Love of the Land
4:26 $0.99
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Album Notes
Singer and bodhrán player Christa Burch's supple, expressive voice is fresh, powerful, and instantly recognizable. In the tradition of great singers such as Kate Rusby, June Tabor, and Susan McKeown, Christa marries an extraordinary gift for storytelling to intuitive musicianship, bringing vividly to life the moods and nuances of songs from the Celtic tradition.

Part of a vibrant new generation of American folk singers, Christa has lent her distinctive voice to many West Coast projects, working with keepers of the tradition such as master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser, as well as updating the tradition with red-hot contra band The Syncopaths. She works with experimental projects like the a capella duet Lintie and nouveau-Celtic band Blackwaterside, and makes guest appearances with many other fine artists.


Christa first fell in love with Celtic music in the summer of 1990, when a friend handed her a home-made tape which featured Scottish band Silly Wizard down one side and Irish duo Skylark down the other. As they say in fiction: "there was no looking back."

This love led her to extensive travel through Scotland and Ireland in the late '90s. In pubs and homes, festivals and folk clubs, Christa found a community of like-minded singers and musicians, and discovered that Celtic music truly defines the "small world" ethos: nearly everyone she met knew someone she knew back home!

In her travels, Christa collected a wide repertoire of songs, and gradually developed her own sound. After the turn of the milennium, hungry for challenge, she began performing with various local musicians and her extended musical family: Alasidar Fraser and the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers; a capella folk duet Lintie; Scottish-influenced Blackwaterside; and red-hot contra band The Syncopaths.


The culmination of that journey can be heard in "Love of the Land," Christa's long-awaited debut as a solo artist. The album brings together songs from the Irish, Scottish, Australian and American folk traditions, accompanied by some of the Celtic world's foremost musicians.

Produced by renowned guitarist Dennis Cahill, Love of the Land features Christa's singular voice -- warm, supple, expressive, intimate -- paired with accompaniment from Dennis Cahill, John Doyle, Richard Mandel and Olivier Longuet. Love of the Land also features appearances by John Williams, Liz Knowles, Kieran O'Hare, Larry Grey and Kat Eggleston.

From the haunting Highland clearance song "Hush," to the rollicking "Road to Clady," the songs tell stories of love and loss, emigration and homecoming, the turning of the seasons and love for the land.



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Jesse Weinstein

A Clear & Moving Album
My thoughts upon my first hearing of the album:

Excellent instrumental on Leaving Australia -- vocals are sleek and cool.

Johhny Lad is good, but slightly less passionate than the song really asks for. Instrumentals arn't as spectacular as on Leaving Australia.

Gloomy Winter's Noo Awa is wonderfully clear and wintry -- but a few passages are slightly slow to my taste.

Loughrask is totally fabulously wonderful. Excellent pacing, clarity of speech, emotion -- it's a good 'un.

The Hawk and the Crow starts rather abruptly, but it's clear and the chorus is delightfully sprightly.

The Lady Mary Sails is haunting and wonderfully paced and phrased. The guitar instrumental is also excellent.

The Lowlands of Holland has a blusy feel, which surprisingly, works quite well.

Giant is fascinating and dramatic. The instrumental, while great on it's own, seems slightly too light and bright for the song.

The Piper and the Maker is one of the finest on the album. I was spellbound, listening to it.

Lochanside is pleasant, and well-put-together. Nice range of tonal color.

The Road to Clady delights, as it should. No slack parts, engaging and energetic, in both vocals and instrumental.

Hush is very slow, but effective none the less. It creeps upon you. It's not a lullaby, all appearances aside. Good one.

Keg of Brandy is a good effort, with some interesting colors, but too rounded off. The song is more desperate and drunkenly dissipated than this version expresses.

Love of the Land is expressively tragic, and has really great lyrics -- but the chorus is oddly unemotional. Although this may be a good choice. In any case, it works quite well.

All the song lyrics are very clear, which is a great blessing and skill. The instrumentals are universally pleasing and well-performed backgrounds to the vocals. Some of the songs lack a little in the emotional range, but overall it's an excellent and impressive album.