Iris DeMent has one of the most amazing voices I have ever heard. It is high, lonesome, plaintive, honest, and pure - often all at the same time.
Her songs are honest to the point of almost being too painful to listen to. But they are also full of joy, life, grace and purity. An Iris DeMent song can, and has moved people to tears, as many of the comments attached to these videos will attest.
On Friday, May 2, 2008, I finally got to hear her performing live at the Lake Placid Arts Center high in the Adirondack mountains in upstate New York.
Dear visitor, do yourself a favour - and listen to this playlist as you surf the internet, or engage in other pursuits around your home. Then head over to http://www.irisdement.com and find out where you can purchase her wonderful CDs for yourself. You won't be disappointed.
Mary Margaret O'Hara is one of those unique performers who is able to take a song, either her own, or someone else's, and completely inhabit it. Her performance style is not for everyone, but her fans don't care. We are quite happy to have her to ourselves. If you find her live videos hard to look at - just let the songs play in the background, and immerse yourself in her wonderful interpretations of the words and melodies.