O'Connell, Casey in Albany transcend Celtic music boundaries

"Did you know I was retired?" Maura O'Connell asked the crowd with a mischievous twinkle in her eyes. "Well, it was her," she claimed with mock indignation, pointing to her new singing partner Karan Casey.

"She brought me back out."

Indeed, O'Connell had declared that her 2013 tour would be her last. But on Friday evening at The Egg's Swyer Theatre, the crowd was ever so grateful for Casey's persuasive powers.

O'Connell and Casey are both Irish, and they're both singers who launched their musical careers in acclaimed Celtic bands — O'Connell with De Danann, Casey with Solas — but it would be shortsighted to pigeon-hole either of them as "Irish singers."

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