Pauline Scanlon – Red Colour Sun

Posted on May 20, 2004 in Discography

Pauline Scanlon – Red Colour Sun

Producer, Musician, Writer: John Reynolds. “Pauline Scanlon has a lot going for her on this impressive debut, not least of them a distinctive, occasionally beguiling voice, which seems to soar several miles above the varied arrangements on offer here…eminently accomplished.” – Hot Press

Though only twenty-four years old, vocalist and songwriter Pauline Scanlon has galvanized the Irish music scene with her stunning debut album, Red Colour Sun. Deeply immersed in the tradition yet completely aware of the edgier developments in contemporary alternative music, Scanlon is capable of making the oldest ballads sound immediate and fresh while granting newer material a timeless resonance.

As featured vocalist with the Sharon Shannon band over the past two years, Scanlon has entranced audiences the world over with her distinctly delicate intensity. The ingeniously-produced Red Colour Sun frames that intensity in a variety of settings, ranging from purely traditional to more eclectic, contemporary surroundings. Original songs, co-written by Scanlon and Lunasa guitarist Donogh Hennessey, suggest a budding compositional ability. They are joined by intense traditional material and illuminating interpretations of songs by Willie Nelson, Peggy Seeger, and Don McLean. Featured guest performers are Damien Dempsey (duetting with Pauline), Justin Adams, Clare Kenny and of course, Sharon Shannon.

Simultaneously enlivened by the new and enriched by the traditional, Red Colour Sun marks the emergence of a powerful, wide-ranging new voice in Irish music.