Song to Bridget
Mary Mc Laughlin's recording, "Crystal Shoe" is an enchanting and mystical album which synthesizes the ancient and the modern. Mary's poetic song writing and rich vocal layering is further embellished by some of the best acoustic musicians playing in the USA today, including US mandolin champion Radim Zenkl (who also plays flutes), award winning guitarist Robin Bullock, international percussionist Heidrun Hoffman - Rushworth and Gourd's own cellist Barry Phillips. There is also a guest appearance by renowned dulcimer player Neal Hellman.
- Song to Bridget (Gabhaim Molta Brighde) 2.57
- The Weaver 3.39
- Crystal Shoe 4.04
- Light of the Darkness 3.46
- Sleeping Beauty 3.52
- I Lit a Candle 3.24
- In Time 3.16
- The Mermaid (An Mhaighdean Mhara) 3.16
- Tangling Seaweed 3.08
- Daoine nDia (Deenah Neeah) 3.28
- Trail of Tears 2.46
- Angels 4.02
- Deep Peace 3.36
total time: 45:44
All songs written by Mary McLaughlin except "Song to Bridget" and "The Mermaid" (Irish trad. arr. Mary McLaughlin) © P Mary T. McLaughlin 2004
Mary McLaughlin lead, multi-tracked vocals, & keyboard Radim Zenkl mandolin, flutes, guitar & bouzouki Robin Bullock guitar, bass, & cittern Barry Phillips cello & tabla Heidrun Hoffman-Rushworth percussion Neal Hellman dulcimer
Produced by Mary McLaughlin Production Assistance: Radim Zenkl and Justin Mayer Recorded, mixed and mastered by Justin Mayer at Bear Creek Studios, Santa Cruz, California Assistant engineer: Barry Phillips "Song to Bridget" engineered by Barry Phillips; remixed by Justin Mayer Extra "ears" for the mix: Radim Zenkl
Cover photographs by Aram Williams Portrait photograph by Paul Schraub Design by Lisa Ekström
Thanks to all the incredible musicians who gave so generously of their skill and considerable talent. Extra thanks to Radim who went way beyond the call, and to Justin and Barry for their pristine recording and wonderful musicality.
Big thanks to Aram and Lisa for their beautiful art work.
Thanks for immeasurable support to Safiya and my "American family," to Kathie and Larry for their kind offer, to Joan for the shoe, to Neal at Gourd Music whose generosity helped me finish the recording, and to Shamael and Gabriel who have been patiently teaching me what I need to learn.
For Pauline, whose belief in me helped me believe in myself.