The Music of What Happens

The Music of What Happens

by Cathie RyanCathie Ryan


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Cathie Ryan's approach to traditional Irish song has always been to walk a fine line between the traditional and the modern, and this effort is no exception. Just over half of the songs on The Music of What Happens are contemporary compositions, some by Ryan herself and a couple of others by guitarist Gerry O'Beirne, while the others are freely adapted traditional songs. While Ryan's vocal approach is quite traditional, her arrangements make subtle use of exotic percussion, electric bass, and occasionally a drum set. The result sounds, in some cases, like a cross between Mary Black and Enya (note the multi-tracked backing vocals on "I'm Going Back"), but on the barely accompanied "Erin's Lovely Home" there is nothing to distract from either the crystalline loveliness of her voice or the mournful beauty of the song. Seamus Egan's production is, as always, perfectly suited to the artist's approach.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/15/1998
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351782427
catalogNumber: 78024
Rank: 50782

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cathie Ryan   Primary Artist,Vocals,Bodhran
Seamus Egan   Mandolin,Human Whistle,Bodhran,quatro,Low Whistle
Michael Aharon   Bouzouki,Percussion,Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,12-string Guitar
Greg Anderson   Bouzouki,Electric Guitar,Cittern
John Anthony   Percussion,Keyboards
Steve Holloway   Percussion,Drums
Gerry O'Beirne   Guitar,Ukulele,12-string Guitar,spanish guitar
Jamshied Sharifi   Keyboards
Chico Huff   Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Seamus Egan   Arranger,Producer
Michael Aharon   Arranger
Greg Anderson   Arranger
John Anthony   Arranger,Engineer
Steve Holloway   Arranger
Gerry O'Beirne   Arranger
Jamshied Sharifi   Arranger,drum programming
Cathie Ryan   Arranger,Adaptation
Keith Cramer   Engineer

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