The Sweet Sorrows bring Celtic charm and edge together with soft harmonies to create an Americana/Celtic/Roots fusion. ”

— CrossRhythms UK

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Celticana (2017)

A new album from The Sweet Sorrows featuring Phil Madeira & Chris Donohue from Emmy Lou's Red Dirt Boys, Dennis Holt and Tim Cotterell. Recorded in Wexford Ireland and Nashville TN blending Celtic & Americana music. Produced by Phil Madeira.

Reviews:

“Sammy and Kylie Horner plus some talented friends have created an intermingling of traditional Celtic influence and narrative poured over and fused with vibrant rock-tinged Americana ... and ensured that it’s a mélange to savour.” (FolkWords) 

“Produced by long time friend Phil Madeira (Nashville) … a vibrant fusion of Celtic/folk and rootsy, country grooves while other musical elements also get a nod as they go from upbeat foot-stompers to gentle ballads.” (CrossRhythms) 

“Sammy and I have a long term friendship and have walked with each other through life's hard stuff. I'm always going to say yes to him. He's an inspirational guy, and one of the best songwriters I know. Sammy can write about the Gospel without making you feel like he's trying to change you. He knows how to tell the story that can change your life. I like helping him do that.” (Phil Madeira, Nashville producer/session musician/songwriter) 

“There’s a combination of sharp songwriting, a clear ‘feel’ for precise and engaging lyrics, wrapped up in a Celtic-Americana mix that’s rich in delivery and profuse with catchy hooks ... add luscious vocals, both lead and harmonies and that’s ‘Celticana.’” (FolkWords)

BIO

Shorter Bio

The Sweet Sorrows bring Celtic charm and edge together with soft harmonies to create an Americana/Celtic/Roots fusion. (CrossRhythms UK) 

Based in Co. Wexford, Ireland, The Sweet Sorrows are veteran Irish singer-songwriter Sammy Horner and his Australian wife Kylie.  They tour globally with their blend of original and trad music delighting audiences with their humour and vocal harmonies. Sammy’s guitar and bodhran is matched well by Kylie’s whistles, melodica and accordion. 

An evening with The Sweet Sorrows always promises to be highly entertaining, provocative and moving. Their intimacy, transparency and strength of passion on stage has won them many fans. 

“You’ve heard of Robert Plant & Allison Krauss, Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris, Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova, now listen  to The Sweet Sorrows. 

 

Longer Bio

Husband and wife team, Sammy & Kylie Horner formed The Sweet Sorrows in 2012 after moving to Canada from their native countries, Ireland & Australia. 

Sammy Horner was the founding member of Celtic Rock combo, The Electrics. He made seven albums with the band and toured extensively in Europe and the USA. He has a successful solo career and almost single handedly brought a new feel to spiritual music with his ground breaking Celtic Praise series. He has played shows in Europe, USA, Canada, The Far East, South Africa and Australia. With over thirty albums in his body of work, he has received critically acclaimed reviews and has a large fan base globally. He has performed at major festivals all over the world and produces other artists in both Europe and the USA. Sammy has also played bass for Buddy Miller, Julie Miller, Mitch McVicker and Glen Kaiser. He has shared stages with Motorhead, Cliff Richard, The Alarm, Therapy?, Bob Geldof, Bruce Cockburn & Martin Joseph. His songs have been covered by numerous artists including Buddy & Julie Miller. 

Kylie was involved in music from an early age, received vocal and ballet training as well as learning piano and flute. She was a model both for visual and voice over work.  She has been a lead vocalist and backing vocalist for bands in Australia, The Middle East & the USA.

An evening with The Sweet Sorrows always promises to be highly entertaining, provocative and moving. Their intimacy, transparency and strength of passion on stage has won them many fans.  

 

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