Tracklist

AM I CHOOSING RIGHT
SING
THE SILENCE
HOLA LUNA
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE ARE BROKEN
TWELVE WHITE HORSES
SING FROM THE SEA
YES WE WILL
SPARKY PERSONALITY
PROMISES

 

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THE STORMS ARE ON THE OCEAN
BURY ME UNDER THE WEEPING WILLOW
TO THE WORK
THE MOUNTAINEERS COURTSHIP
SINGLE GIRL MARRIED GIRL
O MOLLY DEAR
SLEEP BABY SLEEP
STANDING ON THE PROMISES
THE WANDERING BOY
MIDNIGHT ON THE STORMY DEEP

 

 

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Unbelievable
Mother
Fuckability
Ghost Guitar
Skin
Call Me
Here You Come
Seven More Times
Pattern
Forty Days
Stuck
Opera
Swoon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


SING (Released SEPT 2012)

Sing, it's a richly imagined record, one that marries folk forms with torch-song melodies and draws on flamenco rhythms, avant-rock, Celtic, Mediterranean and Appalachian airs. There are misty mountain songs like 'Sing From the Sea', with its serpentine twelve-string figures and dusky soul vocals. There's the spellbound 'Hola Luna', a Celtic fable in the form of a perfect pop tune. Then the harmony-laden Dusty country-soul of 'The Most Beautiful People Are Broken', the woozy, swoony '12 White Horses', the Nilsson-ish cool hand on the brow that is 'Am I Choosing Right'.

Over the span of ten meticulously crafted songs, Sing casts ethereal spells, oblivious to worldly babble. No matter how distinguished the guests, they all become transformed in some fashion: Damien Rice changes from a dark balladeer to a man transfixed by sirens. Paul Brady is recast as a Strabane-Andalusian banshee, barely recognizable as himself. And the great John Prine duets on the lovely 'Yes We Will', assuring the listener that the two people in this song will go on, because they must.

Sing is a subtle but powerful record, one that deals in the currencies of joy and doubt, magic and grief. These are wise, measured and sometimes tender airs, sung by a woman at the peak of her creative powers, arranged, produced and played by a man at the height of his. These songs, we'll wager, will soundtrack baptisms, revels, weddings and wakes. They might bury us yet. Peter Murphy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE STORMS ARE ON THE OCEAN (Released Jan 27th 2011)

Maria Doyle Kennedy's last album proper Mutter was a collection of ghost songs, avant folk songs, eerie fairytales and cinematic snapshots of bedraggled actresses walking barefoot onMulholland Drive. It was also one of the most bewitching records of 2007. The Storms Are On the Ocean might well have been named GrandMutter. A collection of Appalachian standards dressed in beautifully darned gowns, its spiritual siblings are Plant's Band of Joy, PJ's White Chalk and Gillian Welch's stark daguerreotypes. Here are courtly tunes, murder ballads, child ballads and death fugues all beautifully backlit by Kieran Kennedy's acoustic guitar, banjo and piano. These apocryphal airs often recall Dylan's definition of folksong: “Traditional music is based on hexagrams. It comes about from legends, Bibles, plagues, and it revolves around vegetables and death. All these songs about roses growing out of people's brains and lovers who are really geese and swans that turn into angels, about skulls and flowers and death and curses and nine times this and ten times that.” Each song deals from the bottom of the deck, every line is freighted with its opposite meaning. Under pretty petticoats, the lover's vow 'Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow' wears garter-strapped to its thigh the loaded threat of suicide. 'O Molly Dear' is haunted by death premonitions that might be self fulfilling prophesies. There are lullabies that double as infanticide ballads ('Sleep Baby Sleep'), songs as simple and profound as Blake ('The Wandering Boy'), and wry riddles like 'The Mountaineer's Courtship', which contains half the information required to re-DNA Bonnie 'Prince' Billie after the bomb. Always the listener is reminded that these mountain holler hymns were written as Irish and Scots morality tales, Elizabethan verse and Presbyterian psalmistry before the Puritans brought them to Plymouth Rock. The Joan of Arc acapella 'Standing On the Promises of God' smells of Salem witch trials, while 'To the Work' is a Shaker paean to the dignity of transcendence through holy toil. Here's your soundtrack to Lesy's Wisconsin Death Trip or Miller's The Crucible. A beauty...........Peter Murphy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MÜTTER (Released May 18th 2007)

Mutter (German for ‘mother’) is the third album from Maria Doyle Kennedy, a marked departure from her 2001 debut Charm and the limited edition Skullcover CD from 2004. Four years in the making, recorded at many locations including Cork, Wicklow, Dublin and Monaghan, Mütter is a gloriously unsettling collection of classic pop melodies. Cuts such as Opera, Skin and Here You Come, are intensified by Kieran Kennedy’s masterfully treated guitars and inventive keyboard backdrops. The timbre of the record evokes an alternative ambient hybrid, warm airs and carefully crafted words offset by wintry tinges of the Cocteau Twins and The Cure. The bristling Fuckability is the exception: swampy flowing rhythms spiked with Stereolab synth hooks, growling bass, and an unashamedly carnal vocal. The album was, Maria admits, conceived under the influence of Chuck Palahniuk’s 2003 coma fable Diary, the testimony of a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown, and a valentine to the occult power of art. “I was chasing this record down when a friend handed me the book and said, ‘I’ve read your album’,” Maria says. “It became the key that unlocked the mystery for me. Faced with decisions to make about a song, I asked
myself, ‘What would be true to Misty’s journey?’ It was easy after that…” Consequently, Mütter sounds twinned with eerie 70s cinema classics like Don’t Look Now and Picnic At Hanging Rock. Mother could be a calm riposte to Lennon’s primal scream; 40 Days is a minor key panic attack, the scratchings of a soul trapped under cryogenic ice; and the gorgeous Swoon is the point where Sandy Denny meets Sigur Ros. Elsewhere, the near baroque Call Me,evokes the sound of Billie Holiday fronting a Michae lNyman score. Above all, this music is haunted and haunting, an album of shadows and unreal light whose after-effects linger long in the mind.
Mütter is a body of interwoven songs as complex and fragile as a spider’ web Peter Murphy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SKULLCOVER (Released SEPT 2004)

If the result of road weariness is a thing of beauty such as Skullcover, then maybe we should all hit the road. Maria Doyle Kennedyfs distinctive voice has evolved further into its own delicious space. This covers CD recorded in 2004 for a limited edition website release justly makes its debut on the back of her 2007 collection, Mutter. Swinging from a gorgeously creaky version of the Buggles gVideo Killed the Radio Starh to a truly apocalyptic take on Red Sails in the Sunset and a beautifully pastoral Death of Queen Janeh (borrowed from the Bothy Band), Maria Doyle Kennedy reinvents each and every song with an enviably jaded brio. Meteor awards may come and go, but MDK is still one hell of a musical force to be reckoned with....Siobhan Long

Tracklist

1. Lovesong
2. Video Killed The Radio Star
3. And I Love You So
4. Red Sails In The Sunset
5. Girls,Girls,Girls
6. Going Down
7. Shipbuilding
8. Sailin Around
9. Death Of Queen Jane
10. Still In Love With You
11. Could Not Love You More
12. Breakdown
13. S O S
14. West Virginia

 

 

 

 

 

CHARM (Released AUG 2001)

Maria released her debut solo album 'Charm' in 2001 to widespread critical acclaim. 'Charm' was a triumph of self determination that encompassed everything from unadulterated rock and roll to left field Americana and the kind of lyrical sensibly that suggested Lorca rewriting creepy Eastern European fairy tales.

Tracklist

Without U
Babes
Snow White
4. Stars Above
I Scare Myself
Safe From Harm
Helena
Magpie
Loving U Is Killing Me
Bittersweet
Revenge Is Sour
Stars Above (Acoustic).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE BAND OF MARIA'S DVD (Released JAN 2008)

The Film “Band of Maria’s”. This is a behind the scenes look at the Maria DK tour of Austria, Czech Republic and Slovakia in November 2008.
The Maria Doyle Kennedy Film of the Music of Mutter. The films were shot in different locations around the world, USA, Australia, Spain, France, Ireland, England and more.

Tracklist

THE BAND OF MARIA'S FILM
CALL ME
FUCKABILITY
MOTHER
SEVEN MORE TIMES
SKIN
UNBELIEVABLE
HANGOVER SONG
JOY OF A BOY
SAFE FORM HARM

Available from the Mermaid shop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LA SIRENA 1992-1996 (Released JUNE 27th 2011)

Recorded between 1992 and 1996 these recordings are only seeing the light of day now. Early band recordings. Some of the songs made the album Charm.

Tracklist

HELENA
DREAM ON
LITTLE SIREN
LAVINIA
SNOW WHITE
BABES
MY ADDICTION
DONT GIVE UP
FAMILY TREE
TEMPTATION