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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/1997
  • Label: Hannibal
  • UPC: 031257141024
  • Catalog Number: 571410
  • Sales rank: 30,318

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
David Glasser Mastering
Arty McGlynn Arranger
Gerry O'Beirne Arranger
Maura O'Connell Arranger
Ciarán Tourish Arranger
Seamus Heaney Poetry
Alastair McMillan Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    captivating voice

    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.

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