Irish Times Album review

Album Review
Irish Times:Friday, November 28, 2008

Wells for Zöe
Compass Records ****
There are lots of good reasons to buy this album, and some of them are musical. Wells for Zöe, or W4Z, is a small organisation formed by John and Mary Coyne of Lucan, Co Dublin, aimed at helping the people of Malawi by trying “with a hand up, not a hand-out”. W4Z is primarily focused on the provision of clean drinking water. The Coynes’ son, Éamon, is a leading tenor banjo player, and he rounded up some usual and unusual suspects for this spirited fundraiser. Haunting Scottish singer Karine Polwart joined Tim O’Brien for the opening title track, and equally impressive Kildare singer Heidi Talbot closes with Muddy Water. In between, the likes of Sinéad O’Connor, Paul Brady and Crooked Still play their part. Two songs stand out: Dougie MacLean’s apt This Love Will Carry and the collaboration of Maura O’Connell, The Duhks, Tim O’Brien and John Doyle on a revitalised Sisters Are Doing It for Themselves .
© 2008 The Irish Times
This article appears in the print edition of the Irish Times


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