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‘Here This Is Home’ from Colleen Raney - considering tradition and reflecting its presence

(February 17, 2014)

Tradition endures while chronicles record its value, the present respects its heritage and when Here This Is Homeculture refreshes its existence. Does that sound more wish than reality? Listen to Colleen Raney’s latest album, ‘Here This Is Home’ and savour a young voice absorbing the consideration of tradition and reflecting its presence through superb vocals. It’s a wonderful album, and I strongly suggest you do yourself a huge favour and buy a copy.

With a love of heritage forged within her, Colleen presents a selection of old tunes and adds perceptible edge to their tradition. New life is breathed into the oft-sung but always engaging, traditional Canadian and English folk ballad ‘Candee-I-O’ describing the tribulations of a young sea going girl – just beautiful. From there, she moves into yearning Irish songs, ‘The Boys of Mullaghbawn’ and ‘The Lovely Green Banks of the Moy’ recounting their despondent tales of brutal landlords, conniving officials and other dispossessors of land and birthright. There’s wealth of traditional variation from the spritely tale of ‘The Granemore Hare’, through the equally lively Scottish‘Lassie Wi’ The Yellow Coatie’ to the deep seated sadness of hard tales within ‘Sanctuary’ and ‘Colliery Boy’ – including a striking harmony duet. For completeness Colleen includes more classics such as the Child murder ballad ‘The Cruel Brother’ and a softly delicious take on another ‘clearance tale’ ‘Craigie Hill’. Traditional tales tenderly delivered, sensitive and delicately expressive vocals, that’s ‘Here This Is Home’

Alongside Colleen Raney on ‘Here This is Home’ are the sumptuous talents of Aidan Brennan (guitar, bouzouki, vocals) Johnny B Connolly (button accordions) Steve Larkin (fiddle) Colm O’Caoimh (piano, harmonium) Trevor Hutchinson (bass) and Dave Hingerty (drums, percussion) plus guests Aaron Jones (bouzouki) and Hanz Araki (vocals).

Reviewer: Dan Holland

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