"Northern Border" is my 4th songwriter CD (not including an all-Michigan family project). The title has more to do with a feel than an actual songwriting theme. Living a stone's throw from the Canadian border, my music is strongly inflected with the accordions, fiddles, and pipes that are common sounds in their music, as well as being an inherent sound from my Irish heritage. There's a moodiness sometimes, questioning,exuberance, earthiness...all of the elements that define us as humans! I have some great guest artists on this release, such as Jan Krist and Claudia Schmidt, Tyler Duncan, Jeff Taylor and others. Not to mention David Mosher, producer, friend, and "uber-instrumentalist". Only one review so far, but it's a goodie! "Donohoe's lyric-writing is at a new level. 'Northern Border' hums with the themes of maturity and celebration, especially the "sweet October" of the year and of our lives, and an appreciation for the short season of light we have here at the northern border. ...[includes] a notable new version of "There Are No Words," the song she wrote on September 11, 2001. If voices are weapons, Donohoe commands a battleship - she sings not just with power but with authority, and the hair-raising, octave-jumping crescendo at the song's end [100% Chance of the Blues] is a high point." Lansing State Journal.
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