". . . A RAPTUROUS weave of the IRRESISTABLE sounds of Irish music and
the steely but lyrical magic that animates the words of one of Ireland's
most celebrated poets, W. B. Yeats." Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
"A JOY. POETRY TO THE EARS. Alternately tender and rousing. . .
Joseph Sobol's song settings mirror the Irish master equally in joy and
sorrow. Yeats would be proud to hear his verse so magically restored.
Yeats urged himself to "write for the ear so that you may be instantly
understood, as when actor or folk singer stands before an audience."
Backed by singers Kathy Cowan and Tom Orf, guitarist Sobol does just
that, his sumptuous score offering the soaring grace of Hanrahan's
anthem, the contagious jigs of "The Fiddler of Dooney," and the
Bach-like solemnity of "Crazy Jane On God." Warming each note with
Gaelic charm and unaffected purity, Cowan's richly textured delivery
lifts the "Innisfree" ballad to folk glory."
Washington (VA) News
"ASTONISHING. . . . A major accomplishment. The show has that
combination of joy and pathos that comes with the finest of opera."
Washington (VA) News
"Joseph Daniel Sobol has composed music that fits the sense and mood of
Yeats's poems, but the music is so distinctively Irish that people
partial to that genre would like this piece even if they were not
familiar with Yeats. In addition to being an homage to the poet, this
show is A GREAT IRISH SONGFEST. . . . KATHY COWAN [IS] SUPERB."
"Your songs captured the spirit of this greatest of 20th century poets.
The performance combined splendid entertainment with a valuable
enhancement of one's knowledge of Yeats. Thank you for an unforgettable
Prof. Robert L. Selig,
"The crackerjack band includes Kathy Cowan, whose radiant, vibrant voice
has earned the the reputation of best interpreter of Irish songs in
Ted Shen, Chicago Reader
"ENCHANTING, endearing, yet so rich in things we didn't know till now.
As O'Casey's Joxter would say: `IT'S A DARLIN' SHOW!'"
Studs Terkel, author and
radio host WFMT-FM, Chicago
"An extraordinarily rich and beautiful evocation of the genius of Yeats
and of his beloved Ireland."
James Flannery, Emory University, Director, Yeats International
Dirty Linen Magazine
"Kathy has the perfect voice for traditional Irish music...(her) rich voice rings true. "
Dirty Linen magazine