Susan McKeown at MassMoCA (North Adams, MA)

Susan McKeown and Lindsey Horner at MassMoCA

Yes, I’m finally going to post about Jenn and I seeing Susan McKeown at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art back on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th).

I hadn’t seen Susan perform for almost a year, in large part because she was doing much of her touring as a vocalist for The Klezmatics. Since it was in support of the album they recently won a Grammy award for (and which she sang on), I guess that’s a pretty good excuse for not having more shows on her own here in the northeastern U.S. Still, since I first met Susan in a year when I went to see 20+ of her shows, it seemed like quite a lull.

Dana Lyn at MassMoCA

Susan’s band this time out was the same as it had been for the show at Glucksman Ireland House, with Lindsey Horner on the double bass, Dana Lyn on fiddle and Eamon O’Leary (who needs a web page) on guitar. They’re all really talented musicians in their own right, and they mesh well when they perform with Susan. In fact, I think they sound better each time I see them play.

I’m terrible with set lists, and there weren’t any written ones to crib from, but I can say that Susan did several songs from her traditional albums, plus “Gonna Get Through This World,” which appears on The Klezmatic’s Wonder Wheel, and two new non-trad songs, “Our Texas” and “The Things in Your Heart (Fadó Fadó).” It was really wonderful to hear the new material, and both songs are great (though I thought the second one was greater).

After the show there was the now usual hanging around with Susan (and the band), and the chance to see her amazing daughter again. We were chided for not letting Susan know that we were going to be at the show, as apparently she had guest list spots that went empty, and told to keep her better informed in the future. Hopefully it won’t be too long before she plays out here in the Northeast again, but next up for her is another run of Peter & Wendy in April and May, this time in Washington D.C. If you’re in the area, go see this show. It’s absolutely magical.

One Response to “Susan McKeown at MassMoCA (North Adams, MA)”

  1. Of Two Minds » Blog Archive » Susan McKeown in Schenectady, NY Says:

    [...] hadn’t seen Susan perform since her show last March at MassMoCA, and this time around it was going to be a different lineup, with just Lindsey Horner and Aidan [...]

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