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Wandering Home
     

Wandering Home

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by Maura O'Connell
 

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Wandering Home is an apt title for Maura O'Connell's first all-Irish album since leaving the Old Sod. The players are a who's who of modern Celtic music -- among them guitarist Arty McGlynn, fiddler Ciaran Tourish (of Altan), and bouzouki player Donal

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Wandering Home is an apt title for Maura O'Connell's first all-Irish album since leaving the Old Sod. The players are a who's who of modern Celtic music -- among them guitarist Arty McGlynn, fiddler Ciaran Tourish (of Altan), and bouzouki player Donal Lunny -- and the tunes are mostly traditional, if not always rendered in a strictly traditional style. For instance, there are shades of Roy Orbison in the more operatic moments of "I Hear You Calling Me," and her bluesy adaptation of an old folk tune such as "Irish Blues" has more than a hint of Billie Holiday to it. Needless to say, these are not the strongest tracks on the album. The transcendent moments come on the more hardcore trad numbers -- her heartbreaking rendition of "Teddy O'Neil," her revelatory take on the old chestnut "Down by the Sally Gardens" -- and on the startlingly out-of-place "Down Where the Drunkards Roll," which is one of the grimmest songs Richard Thompson ever wrote, but which O'Connell manages to imbue with a warmth and humanity miles removed from the jaded resignation of Linda Thompson's original version. Jerry Douglas is a brilliant producer and knows just how to showcase O'Connell's stunning voice.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/1997
Label:
Hannibal
UPC:
0031257141024
catalogNumber:
571410

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maura O'Connell   Primary Artist
Jerry Douglas   Dobro,Lap Steel Guitar
Dónal Lunny   Bouzouki
Liam Bradley   Drums,Background Vocals
Dave Francis   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Arty McGlynn   Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Gerry O'Beirne   Guitar
Ciarán Tourish   Fiddle,Violin
Paul Bradytin   Whistle (Instrument)
John Macsherry   Whistle (Instrument),uillean pipes
Aine Derrane   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jerry Douglas   Arranger,Producer
Dónal Lunny   Arranger
Joe Boyd   Executive Producer
Dave Francis   Arranger
Arty McGlynn   Arranger
Gerry O'Beirne   Arranger
Maura O'Connell   Arranger
Ciarán Tourish   Arranger
Seamus Heaney   Poetry
Alastair McMillan   Engineer

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Wandering Home 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maura O'Connell is at once versatile and traditional in her Celtic interpretations. The key she aims for is the enjoyability of the tune; experimentation is always secondary to listenability. Much like Van Morrison or Dolores Keane. ''Wandering Home'' is listenable over and over. It gets better with time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago