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This groundbreaking new album of solo folk music sung by celtic diva Sarah Calderwood, follows the success of Celtic Road, the album by Sarah's band Sunas, which spent six consecutive weeks in the ARIA Classical Top 10 and achieved high rotation on ABC Classic FM and Local Radio playlists when released in February this year.
The band went on to headline both the National Folk Festival in April and National Celtic Festival in June, to extraordinary acclaim.
But it was Sarah's solo vocal on the traditional Bushes & Briars, accompanied by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, which drew audiences to the album from well beyond the folk community.
With its roots firmly in the Celtic tradition, the album will feature immortal tunes like Wild Mountain Thyme, The Unquiet Grave and Poor Wayfaring Stranger, alongside contemporary classics such as Annie Lennox's Into the West and a particularly compelling version of Peter Gabriel's Mercy Street.
'These are some of my favourite songs from the traditional Celtic and contemporary British repertoire,' says Sarah, 'and we have the luxury this time of a full symphony orchestra plus Jess and Mirko's beautiful, ambient atmospherics, as well as - on a couple of tracks - the musical loves of my life in my band Sunas!'
The album features the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Greene performing the traditional songs The Maid of the River, I Am Stretched On Your Grave, and The Blue Cockade, the latter featuring Mike Scott from the ex-Waterboys.
Also featured will be Irish-based Alan Kelly, acknowledged within the folk community as the world's greatest accordion player, whose own new album Small Town and Famous Nights will be released on ABC Classics in October, plus Shane Nicholson, Mike Scott Berlin-based Australian guitarist Bob Spencer, former Savage Garden bass player Lee Novak, and virtuoso Australian percussionist David Jones.
1 Step It Out Mary
2 Mercy Street
3 Maid of the River
4 The Blue Cockade
5 Poor Wayfaring Stranger
6 The Unquiet Grave
8 The Demon Lover
9 Into the West
10 Wild Mountain Thyme
11 Ae Fond Kiss