Largely known as a fine American singer-songwriter and excellent mandolinist, Karen Mal indulges her love of songs largely gleaned from the Irish and English tradition. She is blessed with a voice that encompasses the seductive beauty of Kate Rusby, the Irish-influenced vocal decorations of Cathie Ryan, and the appealing vulnerability of Iris Dement. All the songs concern love. What makes Karen's interpretations special is her commitment the reality of her characters, and a respect for the dignity of human passions. Mal's crystalline voice, perfectly complemented by the tasteful, understated accompaniments of producer Gabriel Donohue, takes you back to an older, simpler and more beautiful place. Features Joanie Madden on whistles and Matt Mancuso on fiddle.