Irish-American vocalist Cathie Ryan gained notice as the lead singer of Cherish the Ladies, though more recently she has released three solo albums over the past four years on Shanachie.

Irish-American vocalist Cathie Ryan gained notice as the lead singer of Cherish the Ladies, though more recently she has released three solo albums over the past four years on Shanachie. Ryan has an enchanting mezzo-soprano voice, and she sings with both clarity and emotion, bringing a great deal of color and shadow to whatever she undertakes. Somewhere Along the Road encompasses more than Ryan's vocal artistry, though. Such contributors as John Doyle, Iain MacDonald, Malcolm Stitt, Phil Cunningham, and Kate Rusby work in spare yet eloquent arrangements, bringing a wealth of feeling to a terrific group of songs. Ryan rises to the occasion, singing with grace and a keen ear for the turn of a phrase; her performance is striking. Producer John McCusker rates a hero's welcome for overseeing this fine project.—PVV

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