Skorsa: The Riddle of the Earth is harpist and singer Susan Grace Bates’ eagerly awaited debut album. Produced by the legendary John McSherry (At First Light, Lunasa, Tamalin) and Donal O’Connor (At First Light), it contains an eclectic mix of tunes and songs. Tunes from Ireland and Scotland (both traditional and contemporary), self-penned tunes, as well as songs and tunes that Susan collected on her travels in Sweden, can be expected.
There is a fine collection of musicians performing on the album including John McSherry, Donal O’Connor, Ross Martin (Daimh), David Foley (Rura) and Pauline Scanlon (Lumiere). This is a unique new album and under the mastership of two fine producers; this is an album not to be missed and is sure to hit the traditional music scene by storm.
'Susan plays and sings beautifully on this album of traditional and contemporary music and songs.
Much of the time Susan stands out as a soloist but her deep sense of musicianship sees her binding together this wonderful band of musicians you hear on the recording.
Both her harp and her voice are pure and engaging, genuine and heartfelt.
Such care has been taken to provide us with a wonderful experience in listening to this thoughtful and uplifting album.
Sit back and enjoy!'
(Fiddler's Bid, Catriona McKay & Chris Stout)
'It was a real joy producing this album - Susan is a very creative and imaginative musician and I think her personality shines all the way through this recording. She has a bright musical future ahead of her!'
(At First Light, Lunasa, Coolfin, the olllam, Tamalin, etc.)
'Susan Bates has that uncanny ability that all great musicians have, of delving into the tradition, uncovering material that others might overlook and presenting it in a new and refreshing way. Allied with her ability to compose beautiful tunes and dream up alluring new songs, she is surely embarking on a musical journey that will bring her to the attention of listeners the world over. Treasure this unique, adventurous and charming new artist.'
(At First Light)
Susan will be joined on the night by a variety of guest musicians including Eric Linklater, Luc McNally, Eddie Seaman & Ewan Baird.
Support will be the sensational Eric Linklater (fiddle) and outstanding Luc McNally (geetar).
There will be a session to follow.