Irish singer Maura O’Connell has a lovely new release called Naked With Friends (SUG-CD-4018 Sugar Hill Records). Among the guest singers are Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, Kate Rusby, Paul Brady, Mary Black, Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien, Darrell Scott, Aoife O’Donovan (Crooked Still), Sarah Dugas (The Duhks), Mairéad Ní Mhaorigh, Moya Brennan, Liam Bradley, Declan O’Rourke, and O’Connell’s sister, Áine Derrane. “On this album,” O’Connell says, “I just wanted to capture the feeling of joy that comes from people singing together.”
“The best part of this project though, has been the opportunity to collaborate with many long time friends, who happen to be some of the best singers in the world, and also some great new singing talents that are bound to become household names in the years to come. ”
Here’s the the Blacksmith—a haunting song made famous by Andy Irvine and Planxty—with harmonies by Tim O’Brien.