Matt & Shannon Heaton’s debut duo album is a mix of moody instrumentals, with a few vocal numbers. It solidified their place in their adopted home of Boston. With guests George Keith, Eric Merrill, Aoife Clancy and Hanneke Cassel.
Eats Records CD 004, October 2003
“Chicago natives Matt and Shannon are welcome newcomers to the local Celtic music scene. On their new album, “Dearga,” their music is spacious and elegant, with a sweet understanding of the old music’s parochial charms.” -Boston Globe
“a fine mix of reels and jigs with a dynamic rhythmic tension, and an infectious spirit and vitality that translates into bright, uplifting music that will make you smile.” –Dirty Linen
“energetic tune playing and quietly observant sensitive material.. familiar down home harmonies of The Carter Family and Tim and Mollie O’Brien. Their duet playing is tight, sweet, and tasteful, lacking nothing on either technical expertise or instrumental virtuosity.” -Irish Music Magazine