When Two Lovers Meet
A new name to me, but one to definitely follow in the future. A fabulous singer, reminiscent of June Tabor in her dark voice, but also a remarkably talented guitarist. Born in Spain and raised in America, she conveys Irish music with love, but also an objective eye that’s not above slowing down a reel to bring out its subtleties. Her version of ‘When A Man’s In Love’, with Gerry O’Beirne’s National offering an almost Indian feel, is nothing less than pure velvet, while her track with Niamh Parsons, ‘The Parting Glass’, is a showcase for two glorious voices.... All in all, this is quite a revelation, and even guest names like Trevor Hutchinson and John McSherry don’t divert the spotlight from McQuaid. One of the best Irish albums to travel down the pike in a long time.