Emma Sweeney


Pangea Sweeney Records****

New infusions are the lifeblood of traditional music: evidence of its beating heart. On Pangea, formidable Manchester fiddler Emma Sweeney breathes life into an inventive collection of old tunes, cannily marrying them with one ear cocked for the quirks and foibles that set each one apart. Sweeney has a neat line in subtle tune compositions, characterised by a restraint that fits hand in glove with the album’s reflective mood. Mentor and producer Mike McGoldrick complements Sweeney’s wide- angle lens with unobtrusive arrangements, where a high- octane cast (including Donald Shaw and Manus Lunny) play with ease. Sweeney’s inclusion of Nick Drake’s A Place to Be is an unexpected delight, anchoring her collection in a place where she is in full control, grounded yet frequently free to take flight. A highly impressive debut. emmasweeneymusic.com

Download: A Place to Be

Sign In

Forgot Password?

Sign Up

The name that will appear beside your comments.

Have an account? Sign In

Forgot Password?

Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In or Sign Up

Thank you

You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.

Hello, .

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

Thank you for registering. Please check your email to verify your account.

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.