Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Walls Come Down: Susan McKeown and The Chanting House with "Jericho"

Today's random tune is by Susan McKeown and The Chanting House, and is entitled Jericho. Susan McKeown is an Irish singer, songwriter and producer. She originally studied opera in Ireland before abandoning it to sing folk and rock, and as a duo with John Doyle she performed as The Chanting House which they formed in 1989. After graduation from University College Dublin she relocated to New York City to study at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Manhattan. There, she and Doyle teamed up with Seamus Egan and Eileen Ivers. However, Doyle left in 1993 and McKeown formed a new group called Susan McKeown and the Chanting House which performed in many places in New York City. In 1995, she released Bones, an album of original material that established her as a singer-songwriter and launched her solo career. She has released 21 albums of solo and collaborative work, and she often divides her albums between those that are strictly traditional and those that are original tunes. You can find Jericho on her 1995 album Bones, and on the compilation CD Putumayo Presents: Women of the World Celtic II.