Karan Casey w/ Niall & Cillian Vallely
Show DescriptionKaran Casey has been critically acclaimed from Japan to America as one of Ireland’s greatest singers. The Wall Street Journal has described her as one of the true glories of Irish music today.
One of the most influential voices in contemporary Irish music, Karan Casey is a natural innovator. More than a decade ago American audiences were introduced to her as vocalist for the Irish “supergroup” Solas. Following their groundbreaking early releases, Casey struck out on her own. She now has 4 solo releases to her credit and multiple collaborations (including the Grammy-winning “Celtic Solstice” with Paul Winter & Friends and Tim O’Brien’s “Two Journeys.”)
A frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” Casey joined their December 2006 broadcasts from New York’s Town Hall. 2006 also saw her spotlighted on the Solas “Reunion” CD, and as guest vocalist for another well-known Irish group, Lúnasa. In 2007 she appeared with the legendary Liam Clancy and participated in a DVD project in New York with Mick Moloney and Paul Wagner.
Casey began 2008 with critically acclaimed appearances at the renowned Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, prior to touring in the US throughout February-March and again in May. Spring also sees realease of Karan’s fifth solo album, “Ships in the Forest,” focusing largely on the traditional repertoire. The album was recorded at Karan’s home in County Cork and features members of her current touring band.
Karan Casey has performed at many prestigious venues, including the Kennedy Center, WOMAD USA, Mountain Stage, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, Symphony Space, Knitting Factory, Kentucky Center for the Arts, and (participating in Paul Winter’s Grammy-winning Solstice Celebrations) the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.