The Art of Forgetting is Kyle Carey’s delightful third album, another beautiful collection of Gaelic Americana that takes you away to another place, the album was released on January 26th on Riverboat Records – at the time of posting is available to stream in full at fruk
I’m still playing catch up with a number of albums released last year and have had to take a rather ruthless approach with press releases and music submissions in order to separate the proverbial wheat from the chaff, not ideal but unfortunately necessary, one album that wasn’t a victim of the inbox cull and easily passed quality control was North Star, a rather delightful album of Gaelic-Americana from Kyle Carey who’s previous album Monongah I really enjoyed, North Star was recorded and released with the help of a successful Kickstarter campaign late last year and available from the artists website.
There’s much to like on this album which gracefully tracks and traces its heritage with a verve and understanding that reveals the artists deep reverence for the genre, indeed it’s no surprise to discover that Kyle, once a full-time waitress in New York upped sticks and travelled to Cape Breton in Canada to take up a Fulbright Fellowship studying Scots Gaelic then moved to the Isle of Skye to study gaelic song and music.
The album features nine original songs, two songs in Scots Gaelic and a rather nice cover of Kate Wolf’s Across the Great Divide.
Superior American folk with a Celtic twist from Kyle Carey whose debut album, Monongah was recorded in Ireland and produced Donogh Hennessy with a supporting cast of players including Neil Fitzgibbon, Pauline Scanlon (Lumiere) and Aoife Clancy (Cherish the Ladies) on harmony vocals, Cape Breton fiddler Rosie MacKenzie (The Cottars), Brendan O’ Sullivan (Gràda), fiddler Cleek Schrey, John Kirk (Quickstep) on mandolin and banjo, and Trevor Hutchinson (The Waterboys, Lùnasa) on double bass.