Water for Life album


Occasionally I look up what Wells for Zoe are doing, on google!!!

I came across this website with a little piece about us, tonight


An American now living in Scotland, Linda Dewar is a singer-songwriter and a player of various stringed and wind instruments. Besides being a solo performer, she is half of a duo with Scottish singer Douglas Craik, plays in an occasional ceilidh band, and is a founding member of the revue Simply Burns

We all know that music can be a powerful tool for bringing about positive change. One of the best examples of this is a project called Wells for Zoe, a small, Irish, sustainable development organisation working with some of the world’s poorest people in Northern Malawi. Their main focus is on providing water for small rural villages, but this has led to involvement in irrigation and natural farming as well. Several years ago, they opened Lusangazi farm, which is primarily a research and teaching farm.

 Wells for Zoe was founded in 2005 by John and Mary Coyne, who are the parents of Irish banjo player Eamonn Coyne (Treacherous Orchestra, Salsa Celtica and more). In 2009, Eamonn brought together some of Scotland, Ireland and North America’s finest musicians and produced a CD called Wells for Zoe, with 100% of the profits going directly to the charity. The artists include Karine Polwart, Salsa Celtica, Crooked Still, John Doyle, Paul Brady, Kris Drever, Dougie Maclean, among others, and it’s a great album even without the added bonus of helping a worthy cause. It’s available for purchase from the Wells for Zoe web site, and also from Compass Records.

Still going strong in the US and on I found it on many radio station playlists. Nice One!!


Irish Music Magazine Album Review

Irish Music Magazine: January 2009 issue


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