Johnny Cunningham & Susan McKeown
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Type of music generally:
Only release as this combo, a winter talisman (2001); Johnny Cunningham died in 2003.
Susan McKeown's other projects
Traditional and own
The combination of wonderful traditional and neotraditional vocalist Susan McKeown and vocalist and fiddle-player Johnny Cunningham, with the additional talents of guitarist Aidan Brennan is a wonderful combination live or on disc for anyone who likes traditional Irish music and tunes and delightful harmonies and amusing banter. (Neile)
Comments about live performance:
The show was great. Even though it was billed as a "songs for the winter season" show, there was really very little of that: a few songs from Lowlands, one or two from Bushes and Briars, a few of Johnny's, and then a set of songs from Peter & Wendy. In between, Johnny had everyone rolling in the aisles. That man is one of the funniest human beings ever. He would get Susan going, and between the two of them I'm amazed any music happened at all. During the encore ("Blue Christmas" into "Blue Moon"), Aidan put on a pair of flashing antlers and Johnny donned a Santa hat, and Susan completely lost it so she couldn't finish the first part of "Blue Moon" and they just had to do it instrumentally. When Susan could sing, she sounded lovely as always. They're a great trio. Susan said they hope to do this tour annually, which would be a good thing. (12/00, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Recommended first album:
a winter talisman is their sole release as a duo
2001—Sheila-na-gig Music—SNG 702
Wide in U.S.
Highly recommended for fans of traditional and neotraditional music
Johnny Cunningham—vocals, fiddle
Johnny Cunningham, Susan McKeown & David Seitz
This is a collection of winter songs that Johnny Cunningham, Susan McKeown and Aidan Brennan toured with in the winter of 2000 and 2001. Amazingly enough, this combination of people is just as wonderful on disc as they are live—sometimes such things just don't have as much energy when they're recorded, but these songs have life and energy to spare. And charm. And anything anyone could want in a traditional disc. (Neile)
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