Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Nora O'Connor

Nora O'Connor

You couldn't ask for a better poster girl for SYF's Chicago Week than Nora O'Connor. She may not be as well-known as some of her musical collaborators--Andrew Bird, Archer Prewitt, Neko Case, Jeff Tweedy, Kelly Hogan--but this South Side Irish lass is as pure a product of this city's music scene as you'll find. In fact, you could probably play one-degree--two at most--of-separation with O'Connor and hit every Chicago musician of the past 15 years.

Former member of legendary alt-country group, The Blacks, sometime participant in Andrew Bird's Big Bowl of Fire, she also has a lovely solo album, Til The Dawn (US, UK) on Chicago's premier roots/Americana label Bloodshot Records. It's an eclectic sampling of original songs and covers, highlighted by her pristine, unaffected voice. "Nightingale" may be the best cut on the record--a spicy bluegrass-inspired number featuring Bird's distinctive fiddling. "Down Here" is a poignant cover of a Lori Carson original.

Nightingale - Nora O'Connor

Down Here - Nora O'Connor

Tracks from just a few of the albums O'Connor plays/sings on:

I'll Meet You In Church Sunday Morning - The Blacks

Tables and Chairs - Andrew Bird

Two Can Play - Archer Prewitt

The Mattachine Society - The Aluminum Group

Dolly Horrowshow - The Blacks (US, UK)
The Mysterious Production of Eggs - Andrew Bird (US, UK)
Three - Archer Prewitt (US, UK)
Plano - The Aluminum Group (US, UK)

Reminder: If you haven't already, enter our contest to win The M's fabulous self-titled CD. (It doesn't hurt to guess . . .) See yesterday's post for details!

3 Comments:

Blogger the bantam menace said...

Nora's voice and the overall sound on Nightingale reminds me of The Mammals, though Nora's voice is less raw than Ruth Ungar's.

4:22 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I don't know The Mammals, but they sound intriguing. Will investigate.

1:33 PM  
Blogger the bantam menace said...

www.themammals.net
happy thanksgiving!

8:22 AM  

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