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Kate McDonnell - Where The Mangoes Are

Where The Mangoes Are

Kate McDonnell

APR-CD-1085

Appleseed Records
29 Betsy Lane
Ambler PA 19002

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange by
Mike Jurkovic
(rnrcurmudgeon@yahoo.com)

McDonnell's fourth solo release overall and first for Appleseed is an engaging, though particularly subdued, listen.

A multiple songwriting awards winner and staple of folk fests far and wide, McDonnell's warm, understated soprano and crisply, graceful picking instantly rewards and delights the ear. But even with producer/multi instrumentalist Scott Petito, Marc Shulman, Sam Brewston, Mindy Jostyn, and Beth Reineke supporting her, stick-to-the-rib, provocative songs like Mercy, Go Down Moses and her bluesy arrangement of the trad Railroad Bill are surrounded by surprisingly routine fare like Tumbleweed, Hey Joe, and Mayday. Her mild take on Steve Earle's Goodbye Song involuntarily leads you to Emmylou Harris's consummate version on Wrecking Ball.

Track List:

  • Tumbleweed
  • Hey Joe
  • Go Down Moses
  • Mercy
  • 5:05
  • Railroad Bill
  • Lemon Marmalade
  • Luis
  • Mayday
  • Goodbye Song
  • Softhearted Girl
Produced by: Scott Petito

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2005, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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