The Holy Ground

The Holy Ground

by Mary Black


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Irish singer Mary Black is well known for deftly combining her Celtic roots with contemporary folk. On this release, she offers another strong set of songs, as she interprets songs from American folk favorite John Gorka ("Treasure Island") and connects with Anglo-folk tradition on the lovely "One Way Donkey Ride" (written by Sandy Denny of Fairport Convention fame). The acoustic instrumentation feature a rich blend of guitars, fiddles, saxophones, and accordions that add a timeless feel to most of her songs. The highlight of the album is "Loving Time," an emotional story of star-crossed lovers told with a bittersweet aching that few artists could deliver so poignantly. While a few songs towards the end of the album suffer from middle-of-the-road, adult easy listening arrangements, Mary Black's voice remains an incredibly expressive instrument that makes this another solid effort.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/25/1994
Label: Gift Horse
UPC: 0739341001024
catalogNumber: 410010
Rank: 73606

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mary Black   Primary Artist,Vocals
Pat Crowley   Piano,Accordion,Electric Piano,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Dave Early   Percussion,Conga,Drums
Garvan Gallagher   Electric Bass,Double Bass,Clevenger Bass
Carl Geraghty   Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Mel Mercier   Tabla
Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh   Vocals
Declan Sinnott   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,spanish guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Frank Gallagher   Synthesizer,Fiddle,Whistle (Instrument)

Technical Credits

Garvan Gallagher   Contributor
Declan Sinnott   Producer
Frank Gallagher   String Arrangements
Billy Robinson   Engineer

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