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Eileen McGann Beyond the Storm

Nominated for a 2002 JUNO Award
[Best Album: Roots & Traditional]
Eileen's new CD!

 

Eileen McGann's Beyond The Storm offers amazing connectivity. She begins with a call to a blackbird, able to see the big picture, for wisdom to guide on the road to freedom. Then she highlights humanity operating without wisdom. With lessons of legend and myth, she proves how modern times haven't altered mankind's obsession with beauty, greed, and power. Whether it be King Henry making Young Rosamond a slave of her own loveliness, or man's indifference to disappearing species ("Last Of The Truly Wild,") greed destroys beauty, no lessons learned. Amid cries for wisdom, McGann addresses the world economic situation, and then reminds us in Aileen Vance's tune "Waterfall," how one small stone can cause a ripple. "Medusa" is a masterpiece. There is much going on in this rewrite of the famous legend involving Poseidon, Athena, and the maiden Medusa whose ugliness turns men to stone.... Singing as Medusa, McGann's vocals, always beautiful and strong, mirror the character's qualities. Ending with "Island Home," a tribute to beauty, she and co-producer /musician David K sing about the sparse paradise surrounding their Vancouver Island home. The muscle melting, a cappella duet is such a luring sales pitch, I picture the irony of many flocking there for the solitude. This fabulous release blends myth and modern commentary situations with powerful vocals and vocabulary. Be prepared to be in awe and forced to think, for this is no mere background music. -- Angela Page, ┬ęSing Out! Used by permission

Musicians:
Eileen McGann - Lead & Harmony Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
David K. - Harmony Vocals, Slide Guitar, Irish Bouzouki, Bass
Oliver Schroer - Fiddle
David Woodhead - FretlessBass
Rene Cusson - Scottish smallpipes
Ben Grossman - Percussion
Duncan Cameron - Whistles
Lesley Atherton - Cello

Susan Jean Repath
The Parting

Singer/Songwriter, Harpist, Guitarist, Celtic & Contemporary Songs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susan Jean Repath was born in Southern Ontario and raised in a household where singing was an everday event. As a singer and guitar player Susan began performing folk music in the fertile coffee house scene of southern Ontario.

"My earliest memories are of my sister and I singing while we did our chores. It made the work go faster. We sang rounds, kid's songs, folk songs and popular songs. My father also sang and had the greatest voice for telling stories". Another strong family influence for Susan was her great grandfather who emmigrated from Scotland in 1916 to Canada where he felt he could make a better life for his family. He was a professional singer and a great story teller. Susan tells stories of how even well into his nineties he would walk for miles to come and visit and tell tales and sing songs.

While studying nursing she performed in church basements, bistros and folk clubs in the Niagara triangle from the Niagara Region to Toronto. After a few years there she put music on the backburner for family commitments and to pursue another love sailing and in the late 1980's moved to B.C. for the great cruising grounds.

In the 1990's the resurgence of traditional music brought the guitar out of the closet and the celtic harp to her attention. She began to revisit the music of her family and in particular her great grandfather. She built her first harp several years ago as a "camping" harp but was so delighted with it's sound she currently uses it for many of her performances and is in the process of building a larger version.

Currently A resident of the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island Susan is an active Cowichan Folk Guild member and one of the founders of the Mill Bay Coffeehouse. She has been performing in coffeehouses and Festivals on Vancouver and The Gulf Islands including the Islands Folk Festival and the Hornby Island Celtic Festival. Susan has begun to perform original work as well as traditional and following in the family tradition has begun to add a few "tales" accompanying herself on celtic harp, guitar, bodhran and occasionally fiddle. She is sometimes joined by other musicians such as Wendy Robb, on fiddle, Jane Way on flute or Irish whistle and Allie Evans with voice or flute.

Susan's debut album was realeased in March 2002

"The Parting"

It is a compilation of Traditional, Celtic and original tunes.


Susan Repath: Voice, Celtic Harp, Bodhran. Guitar

David K. Guitar, Bass, Irish Bazouki, BU vocals

Wendy Robb Violin on #4 & #12

Jane Way Flute & Whistle

Keith Malcolm violin #1

Allie Evans Back up Vocals