Carol Noonan has long been recognized as one of the very best vocalists and songwriters in the Northeast. After studying classical voice at the New England Conservatory, she first became widely known as a member of the acclaimed folk-rock group Knots & Crosses, with whom she received a Boston Music Award for Outstanding Female Vocalist. When that band came to an end, after achieving a loyal regional following and a monster local hit with "Creature of Habit," she assembled some of the Boston area's best musicians, signed to Philo, and released her solo debut, Absolution in 1996.
1996 brought the release of her second Philo CD Noonan Building & Wrecking with band members Kevin Barry and (special guest) Duke Levine on guitars, Tom West on keyboards, Paul Bryan on bass and Ben Wittman on drums . . .
"If modern folk-rock had a measuring stick by which all things were measured, the Carol Noonan Band just might be it. Her dynamic Irish voice is powerful, but not overpowering, filling every crack and crevice with heartfelt sincerity no matter what shape the music takes." -- CMJ
"Carol Noonan seems to exist beyond time -- and certainly beyond the rush of civilization." -- Steve Morse
"Noonan's voice is a pure and haunting instrument that recalls Sandy Denny's work with Fairport Convention and a young Grace Slick." -- Western Beat Monthly
"Her voice can shimmer with light, but often grows spooky, easily recalling her Celtic ancestry." -- Boston Herald
". . . a superb voice." -- Boston Globe