Maura O'Connell's newest album, Naked With Friends, an a cappella record, will be released on 16 June 2009. Her confident, regal and emotive singing is the star attraction. There are numerous pals helping O'Connell, from such Nashville royalty as Alison Krauss and Dolly Parton to fellow Irish songstresses Mary Black, Mairéad Ni Mhaonigh and Moya Brennan and celebrated Americana artists Douglas, Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott. Not one of them picks up an instrument. The album simply matches their singing with O'Connell's steadfast vocals. Hence the project's title: Naked With Friends.