The ingredients of Kyle Carey’s music include the songs of the American Folk Anthology, the Appalachian poetry of Louise McNeill, and weekends spent working at Caffe Lena (in Saratoga Springs, NY) and listening to the best musicians in contemporary folk. The results are well described by Kerry Dexter of 'Music Road': "It is Kyle Carey's poetic take on story, landscape, emotion, and language which center things, and her engaging storyteller’s way of singing that opens the door to her stories. Gospel twined with Celtic notes, banjo leading into Scottish Gaelic, miner’s stories, traveler's tales of loss, change, and recognition, Monongah is a varied journey, one worth the taking."
In the winter of 2011 Kyle traveled to Western Ireland to record her debut album, ‘Monongah’. Produced by Donogh Hennessy (Lùnasa), 'Monongah' features Pauline Scanlon (Lumiere) and Aoife Clancy (Cherish the Ladies) on harmony vocals, Cape Breton fiddler Rosie MacKenzie (The Cottars), Brendan O’ Sullivan (Gràda), old-time fiddler Cleek Schrey, Appalachian expert John Kirk (Quickstep) on mandolin and banjo, and Trevor Hutchinson (The Waterboys, Lùnasa) on double bass.
Pre-album release tracks off the album were selected for airplay on Celtic Roots radio out of Belfast, and The Songwriter’s Networks radio station, and the album in its entirety named ‘Album of the Week’ mid-May by Celtic Music Radio out of Glasgow. Kyle has shared the stage with artists that include Mick Moloney, Brendan Begley, Gerry O' Beirne, Caoimhin O’ Raghallaigh, and Maura O'Connell. Her songs have been praised by Canadian singer-songwriter David Francey and Nashville artist Diana Jones. She has played North America’s most prestigious folk venue, Caffe Lena, and Ireland’s Pan-Celtic festival. Her title track was chosen in April 2011 as one of Songwriter’s Universe ‘Best Songs of the Month’ and in May her song ‘Adenine’ won first place in the Americana Category of the ‘Dallas Songwriter’s Association Song Contest’.
In her own songs, not just the language, but the longings of her ancestors echo through such modern American narratives as the impact of a mining disaster on the Monongahela River, or a Kentucky woman’s loss of innocence, or a Raleigh man’s grief for a lost and unlikely love—or what John Hardy’s wife has to say about her side of the marriage.
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