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Download links and information about Downriver by Karen Matheson. This album was released in 2005 and it belongs to World Music, Songwriter/Lyricist, Celtic genres. It contains 11 tracks with total duration of 47:58 minutes.

Artist: Karen Matheson
Release date: 2005
Genre: World Music, Songwriter/Lyricist, Celtic
Tracks: 11
Duration: 47:58
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No. Title Length
1. Chi Mi Bhuam 4:27
2. Cronan Bleoghainn 5:01
3. Gleann Baile Chaoil 4:26
4. I Will Not Wear the Willow 5:35
5. O Mhairi's Tu Mo Mhairi 5:08
6. Laoidh Fhearchair Eoghainn 4:05
7. O Nach Eisdeadh 3:36
8. Singing In the Dark 3:25
9. Puirt a Beul 3:45
10. Luadh an Toraidh 3:18
11. Crucan Na Bpaiste 5:12



Downriver is a gently rolling album, featuring Karen Matheson's resonant vocals on a handful of songs mostly in Gaelic. Everything — the vocals, the songs, and the spare arrangements — works in unison to evoke the quiet river of the album's cover. With their peaceful foundation, songs like "Chi Mi Bhuam" and "Gleann Baile Chaoil" are perfectly suited for quiet moments of reflection or just plain relaxation. Matheson is joined by a number of players, including pianist Donald Shaw (who also produced the album), guitarist James Grant, fiddler Aidan O'Rourke, and, in various places, several background singers, each helping to craft a seamless backdrop behind her vocals. Unless one happens to speak Gaelic, Downriver holds a certain air of mystery, because the lyrics aren't reprinted in the liner notes. The album deviates from this course in two instances with English versions of "I Will Not Wear the Willow" and "Singing in the Dark." This will probably matter little to most listeners, though some may find these deviations distracting to the flow and mystery of the album. Taken as a whole, however, Downriver is a very enjoyable effort that manages to combine the best of the old and new, and it will serve as a fine introduction to Matheson's warm vocals. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., Rovi