Native Irish Singer
Cavan-born Kathleen Donohoe is now living in Atlanta, Georgia where
she has been since 1984. Her solo album Irish Songs You'lI Love gets off
to a dubious start with Finian's Rainbow-type cover graphics that sell the
contents short. The fact is that beyond the gift shop appearance the
album itself is surprisingly good.
Kathleen's voice leavened through the pub circuit can handle both
sensitive ballads and up-tempo material. Her choice of material suggests
she is equally at home in a singer's session as much a ballad bar.
Possessing a strong, clear voice, she can belt out Oro Se Do Bheatha
Abhaile and The Lark in the Morning and more subtle material, including
The Orchard, The Snowy Breasted Pearl, and Jimmy Mo Mhile Star - of
which she turns in quietly impressive versions. She can also handle the
unaccompanied saga of Nell Flaherty's Drake and AmongThe Heather
sung at suitable paces to appreciate the songs oft forgotten nuances.
Brian Flemming of De Jimbe adds percussive colour to When I Grow Up
and the harp/mandolin combination of Debra Peterson and Doug Olsen
provide some pleasing background moments while Donal O'Connor and
Michael Vignoles add blasts of fiddle and pipes.
Irish Songs You'll Love is a good opening shot from a promising singer.
(Now if she’d only sort out her cover graphics, she'll be laughing.)
Irish Music Magazine