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One of Ireland's most expressive voices...
As "Susan McKeown & The Chanting House" she performed at clubs such as Sin-é, Fez, the Bottom Line and the Bowery Ballroom, and recorded a cassette album – Snakes – in 1993.
But it was the release of Bones in 1995 – an album of original songs with her take on a centuries-old keen (caoineadh) and an arrangement of Robert Burns' "Westlin' Winds", later recorded by Fairport Convention – that earned her a reputation as a singer-songwriter and launched her solo touring and recording career.
In 1997 she recorded three albums: her own Bushes & Briars (Alula); Peter & Wendy, the soundtrack to the Obie Award-winning Mabou Mines theatrical production of the same name, which was composed by Johnny Cunningham; and Through the Bitter Frost & Snow,
a collaboration with bassist Lindsey Horner.
At this time, she began to divide her work into albums of traditional music (Bushes and Briars, 1998) and singer-songwriter albums (Bones, 1995; Prophecy, 2002).
McKeown suggested to Cathie Ryan and Robin Spielberg the idea of recording an album ofsongs relating to motherhood, resultingin The Mother Album (1999).
McKeown began producing withthe albums Lowlands (2000 Green Linnet) and Sweet Liberty (2004 World Village/Harmonia Mundi).
Probably most successful among her traditional song releases, the latter earning a BBC Folk Music Award nomination for her setting of an English gypsy song with a mariachi band. In 2001 she produced A Winter Talisman with Scots fiddler Johnny Cunningham,with whom she subsequently toured each Winter until his death on December 15, 2003.
On December 19, 2003 Susan joined the Klezmer Band The Klezmatics onstage at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan in a concert of songs they had composed to lyrics by Woody Guthrie. Together they recorded Woody Guthrie's Happy Joyous Hanukkah (2004) and Wonder Wheel (2006) which won a Grammy for Best Contemporary World Music Album.
In 2009, McKeown and Lorin Sklamberg, the lead singer of The Klezmatics, released Saints & Tzadiks (World Village/Harmonia Mundi), an album combining Yiddish and Irish songs. McKeown devised and produced Songs from the East Village, a world music album of songs from the students, parents and staff of The East Village Community School in Manhattan which was released in September 2010.
In October 2010 she released the solo album, Singing in the Dark, an exploration of creativity and madness. With lyrics from poets who were writing through the lens of depression, mania and addiction, the music was composed by McKeown, Leonard Cohen, John Dowland, Violeta Parra, and Klezmatics members Lisa Gutkin and Frank London.
In November 2012 she released Belong, her third album of original songs.