How an Irish-Trinidadian fiddle player that went to school in Montgomery County came to collaborate with a preacher’s son from Cambridge obsessed with playing Blues, is a story probably best told over a cold pint of Guinness. It took a leap of faith for Phelan to step away from playing the fiddle and leave behind a successful career as a back-up artist but the songs kept coming, so she took a chance and stepped forward as a songwriter and singer in her own right, creating Misty River.
Long term collaborator Adam Morley came onboard as producer and arranger and they have hit the ground running. ‘Timeless’ and ‘Authentic’ are often used to describe Misty River’s sound, steeped in Bluegrass, Irish and Blues traditions where the song is always King. With showcases for ASCAP and Americanafest (Thriving Roots), two impressive sync placements (one an Oscar winning film) it’s no wonder that taste-maker support is growing fast. With airplay on BBC radio as well as RTE Radio 1 and 2, inclusions on Apple Music Country Wide Playlist, as well as Ditty TV and Songpickr playlists and an engaged social media following, the forthcoming debut album is highly anticipated.
The personnel on the debut record is truly impressive with appearances from Chris Powell (The Highwomen, Brent Cobb), Graham Hopkins (Snow Patrol, Glen Hansard), John Reynolds (Sinead O’Connor, Indigo Girls), Jeremy Stacey (Sheryl Crow, Ryan Adams), Peter Levin (The Highwomen, Greg Allman), Andy Wallace (Ronnie Wood), CJ Hillman (Billy Bragg), Nick Pini (Laura Marling), Mark Lewis (Yola).
The record was produced by Adam Morley, mixed by 6 time Grammy award winner Vance Powell (Chris Stapleton, Jack White, Sturgill Simpson) and mastered by Richard Dodd (Civil Wars).
“…the touching vocals of songwriter Carmen Phelan wash over you hauntingly amidst a sea of rich, warm Americana melodies, deftly arranged by producer Adam Morley” Record Of The Day
“The quality of the performance and production is clear. Look out for the album in the new year; we predict it's going to be something special” Americana UK
“There seems to be a real movement towards this authentic, old-fashioned, traditional bedrock of music amongst artists and Misty River are part of that now. I absolutely love Iris Dement and there is something, I think, in Carmen's voice that's a bit Iris Dement.” Baylen Leonard, Country Hits/BBC Radio
“Take This Dance is a song of love and connection that goes straight to the heart” Your Life In A Song
"Take This Dance is a love song with a sweeping, implied narrative that stretches from original romance through to the treasured memories of an entire life together” Chillfiltr
“Echoes of Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt play tag in lyrics that evoke images of friends and lovers lost and found on the road” Q Magazine
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