- Audio CD (2 Oct. 2000)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Grapevine
- ASIN: B00004Y259
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Diamond Mountain Sessions
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Most of the tracks on The Diamond Mountain Sessions were laid down while fiddler and accordionist Sharon was holed up with her extended musical family in the Old Monastery Hostel, in Letterfrack, Co. Galway, literally in the shadow of Diamond Mountain. This created a relaxed environment for music and merry-making. The range of co-conspirators is rather impressive: apart from token instrumentalists Donal Lunny and Carlos Nunez, all the guests are vocalists, and a well-varied bunch at that. Along with Steve Earle's semi-Cajun strummer, there are songs for Jackson Browne, John Prine and the Hothouse Flowers, and on a more hardcore level, John Hoban and Dessie O'Halloran, the latter's groany-old-codger reading of "Say You Love Me" being the unlikely though inspired choice for a single, complete with added remix version. With her Woodchoppers acting as house band, Shannon heads for a more democratic sound, framing her guests and not stepping forward for too many flashy solos. This is where the bonus "Live in Galway" disc comes in handy, pared down to just the 'choppers, racing though a barrage of frisky instrumentals, with only a few duplications from Disc One. It's a typical souvenir of a prime Shannon gig, this time recorded at the Warwick Hotel, in front of what sounds like a horde of board-crunching dancers. --Martin Longley
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Sharon Shannon seems to know just where to push traditional music and how much to push it. The result is always exciting and yet respectful. She is also great to see in concert, so go if you get the chance.
My favorite of this collection is Steve Earle singing "Galway Girls." His 'peat smoke' voice really lends itself to the Irish ballads.
Mark Knopfler, John Prine, Jackson Browne and many other big-name vocalists join Shannon for these sessions. Among them is Dessie O'Halloran, who I thought from the name was a woman. What a wonderful surprise.
The best thing about this CD is it takes a lot of people I love to listen to and combines them with fabulous musicianship and the sum of the whole is far greater than its parts. This is an excellent collaboration and I will be looking for "Libertango" next.
The CD is worth owning if only for the wonderful piece sung by Dessie O'Halloran, "Say You Love Me", a most endearing love song. I had the pleasure of seeing Mr. O'Halloran in person with the Sharon Shannon band, a memorable performance to say the least.
There are many enjoyable tracks on this CD, including some traditional works, and the collaborations with other artists are great.