Karan Casey (b. 1969 in Ballyduff Lower, County Waterford, Ireland) is an Irish folk singer and jazz singer, and a former member of the Irish band Solas.
Her family encouraged her to sing in the house, in a church choir and at school. At Waterford Regional Technical College she studied piano then took music at University College Dublin in 1987. Having learned to copy Ella Fitzgerald's scat singing, she performed in a Dublin bistro several nights per week while still a student. At the Royal Irish Academy of Music she studied classical music and sang in a jazz band, then a folk-ballad band, then another jazz band. She also fell under the influence of Dublin folk singer Frank Harte. During this time she also formed her own band, called Dorothy.
In 1993 Karan moved to New York City. There she studied jazz at Long Island University. When she encountered Irish traditional music sessions in New York she started singing Irish traditional music again. During this time she mostly sang in bars and...
Track listing: Distant ShoreAnother DayThe Curra RoadThe Ballad of Tim EvansJust a NoteLord MacDonald'sQuiet of the NightBata is BotharThe Four Loom WeaverThe Jute-Mill SongSong of Lies http://www.karancasey.com/
Track listing: Who Put the BloodThe King's ShillingWeary of Lying AloneEirigh Suas a StoirinEppie MorrieStrange FruitWhere Are You Tonight I WonderBuile Mo ChroiYou Brought Me UpThe Snows They Melt the SoonestThe Liberty Tree http://www.karancasey.com/
Track listing: Roger the MillerShe Is Like the SwallowBallad of AccountingShamrock ShoreMartinmas TimeAn Buachaillin BanThe Creggan White HareThe Song of Wandering AengusOne, I LoveThe World Turned Upside Down (The Diggers' Song)The Labouring Man's Daughter http://www.karancasey.com/