|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass Folk|
|Tags:||celtic female vocalists irish folk world ireland female vocalist|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
County Clare, Eire. Folk singer Maura OConnell began her career working with Mike Hanrahan before becoming a full-time member of Stocktons Wing then De Dannan. However, after that band had enjoyed substantial success with Star Spangled Molly, OConnell relocated to Nashville in 1985 to launch her solo career. She went there because of its reputation for songwriters, and the fact that all the major publishing houses were represented there - increasing the types and styles of songs available to her many times over. On arrival she quickly formed a musical partnership with dobro player Jerry Douglas, who has been a constant companion throughout her solo work. A succession of albums followed, before she joined Rykodisc Records in 1996 for the release of Stories. This included material drawn from established and disparate sources such as Shawn Colvin (Shotgun Down The Avalanche), Paul Brady (the title track), Hal Ketchum (Ordinary...