Irish Music Magazine Album Review

Irish Music Magazine: January 2009 issue

WELLS FOR ZOË – WATER FOR LIFE

Various Artists Compass Records 744932 12 tracks
http://www.wellsforzoe.org. http://www.compassrecords.com

A worthy charity CD, not just for Yuletide, but for the future. You can read about the background to the work in our feature in this issue. To put it in a nutshell, what we have here is a bunch of musicians who are lending their talents to a project to bring cheap sustainable drinking water to Northern Malawi – its practical, it’s a ‘hand up not a hand out’ and that alone should encourage you to shell out a little money
But you’ll ask is it worth listening to? Of course it is, with Paul Brady, Maura O’Connell, Sinead O’Connor, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Micheal McGoldrick and Alison Brown appearing, you get variety and quality. Many of the twelve tracks mention water in their titles such as: Baby, Let Me Buy You a Drink from Sinéad O’Connor, Wading Deep Waters from Crooked Still, Watermans by Michael McGoldrick, with a little bit of encouragement from Maura O’Connell on Sisters Are Doing It for Themselves. Back to more H2O on The Lakeside Barndances with Éamonn Coyne and Kris Drever, and a final mention of the wet stuff on Muddy Water with Heidi Talbot. You also get fun from the irreverent Salsa Celtica and if you need to know what it’s all about the opening song, Dig a Little Well for Zoë, has it all. What a song! Beautifully crafted, upbeat and folksy, it will stand alone outside of this album as a song that delivers its message without preaching and is full of Scotish optimism. What more could you ask for the future?

Seán Laffey

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