Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Mid-Atlantic Region

Susan McKeown and Lorin Sklamberg, Saturday May 9 by midatlanticcce
May 1, 2009, 10:41 am
Filed under: Concert, Virginia, Washington DC

Irish Singer Susan McKeown and Yiddish Singer Lorin Sklamberg

Saturday, May 9, 2009, 8 pm @ the Lyceum in Alexandria, Virginia. Tickets $25 in advance, $29 at the door

Once heard, you would never take Susan McKeown for anyone else. When the Sunspot series started, she was at the top of our “must have” list, along with Karan Casey and Cathie Ryan. Now Susan, a 2006 Grammy winner, will be making her first appearance in a Sunspot concert this May.  Susan McKeown is renowned for her groundbreaking work with her band Chanting House, which included future Solas founder John Doyle, and for her long collaboration with the Scottish fiddler Johnny Cunningham. More recently, she was the singer behind all the songs in Arena Stage’s production of Peter and Wendy.

Lorin Sklamberg, the voice of the Klezmatics, decided with his band mates to seek an additional vocalist for their Woody Guthrie project Wonder Wheel. Their choice was Susan. The resulting album went on to win the 2006 GRAMMY award for Best Contemporary World Music Album.  Following on the heels of their joint GRAMMY win, Susan and Lorin began work on an exciting musical collaboration: an album of Yiddish and Irish song that will be released in early 2009.

Culled from rare archive material and old recordings, Susan and Lorin have selected songs on various themes from the Jewish and Irish traditions: love, death, betrothal, betrayal and the demon drink, as well as cumulative and macaronic songs are represented.  “We love singing together and started to explore the connections between Yiddish and Irish songs awhile ago,” says Susan. The bulk of the Jewish material is being drawn from the papers of the legendary collector and performer Ruth Rubin. The Irish songs come from both the popular and the ancient Gaelic sean nós traditions.

Tickets on sale now sale on the Sunspot web site:


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