Question: I have been an avid reader of your column and note that in the past you gave out information (artist and title) on a song played during a Volkswagen car commercial. I recently saw an Audi commercial with a tune sung by a female singer that I found uplifting. The commercial has a father and young daughter driving together. There is a voiceover where the father says something about wanting to preserve the moments he spends with his daughter. The commercial ends with the message: "Take the Detour. Audi." I would appreciate it if you could give me the artist and title of the song and let me know if I can buy it anywhere. Thank you in advance for your time and effort. — Alex
Televisionary: No problem, Alex. As a regular reader (I'll assume it's because you like the column?) you know I'm a sucker for these questions, particularly the auto ones. As has been pointed out recently, these days TV spots serve up far more interesting music than the radio or MTV do.
The artist in question is Celtic chanteuse Susan McKeown and the song is "H-Ó Abha-ínn (Little One)." You can find it on her Bushes & Briars CD, available at music stores and from online retailers such as Amazon.com. McKeown has performed with Natalie Merchant and Fairport Convention, but is now building an enthusiastic following of her own.