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!


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...

happy thanksgiving!

8:22 AM  

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