MAT MARTIN | Kirsty McGee – The Kansas Sessions

8 September, 2008 | Blog · Music · Playing · Recording

Released September 8, 2008

‘A stunning musical masterpiece that is up there with the best of Eilen Jewel, Devon Sproule and Amy Lavere’ – Maverick

‘The Kansas Sessions’, Kirsty’s fourth full length album, on her own record label, Hobopop Recordings; a company set up to spearhead her own sense of musical fair-trade, is dominated by Kirsty’s clear, intimate, English diction and phrasing, her dark, sometimes macabre, celebrations of life, and Mat Martin’s inspirational musicianship – it was recorded in the United States and is full of joyously engaging songs, shining with american influences.’ – Rough Trade

‘The Kansas Sessions’ is full of beautifully produced, immediately accessible, joyously engaging music that, like a carnival barker, draws you inside to take a closer look at the disturbing, the weird and the wonderful.’ – Maverick

‘The UK’s grittiest folk hobo: ‘The Kansas Sessions’ is sheer, banjo-dominated americana with Tom Waits-esque washboard blowouts (no less than three musicians are credited with “junk”). McGee can neo-yodel with the best of them (check out opener Bonecrusher), yet there’s also, in the sensuous, deliberate turn of her phrase and her bare-bulb lyrics, a hint of an anglophone Lhasa or even Madeleine Peyroux, and it’s through clarinet-whispering ballads like Sandman which she really inhabits her brand of waymarked noir.’ – HMV

‘Striking and deliberately detached from the mainstream, ‘The Kansas Sessions’ suggests disturbing depths beneath a beautiful surface.’ – Metro

Kirsty McGee: Vocal, Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Junk
Mat Martin: Banjo, Guitar, Tenor Guitar, Wood Banjo, Banjo Uke, Washboard, Percussion, Junk, Vocal
Katie Euliss: String Bass, Zils, Vocal
Colin Mahoney: Drums, Percussion, Dumbek
Mike West: Mandolin, Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Dobro, Jug, Percussion, Junk, Vocal
Larry Maxey: Clarinet
Tom Johnson: Trombone, Vocal

Produced by Mike West
Recorded by Mike West at The Ninth Ward Pickin’ Parlour
Mastered by Denis Blackham at Skye Mastering
Artwork & Graphic Design: Mat Martin