Album Review - Colleen Raney / Here This Is Home

Colleen Raney's new album called Here This is Home herald's a development of her sound and reputation as one of America’s best traditional singers. She recorded it in Dublin in the Summer of 2013 with production by Aidan Brennan and engineering by Trevor Hutchinson, who both appear on the recording.  Strength of material once again comes to the fore with a selection of songs that is very well suited to Colleen's style and voice.  It would be difficult to pick a weak song such is the quality of the selection with each track adding something different to the overall offering. The first track Canadee-I-O is a fantastic opener.  Colleen references an early Nic Jones version of this traditional song.  This however is better. It has a more textured vocal and a bass line that drives the song ever onward's.  The following Boys of Mullaghbawn is equally as compelling. From the singing of Len Graham it adds the strong Irish traditional component that exists on the album.  Stand up for Love brings us into more present day territory with a song that is taken from a poem by Vincent Woods.

With Aidan Brennan ( guitar and bouzouki), Johnny B Connolly (accordion), Steve Larkin (fiddle), Colm O' Caoimh (piano), Trevor Hutchinson (bass) and Dave Hingerty (drums) she has a team of some of our best musicians.  They literally hit all the right notes with regard to the structure, sound and arrangements.  Delicate at times and force full when they need to be.  They have created an album which is a match for any of recent times when it comes to traditional song. Colleen herself brings an equal measure of quality to it. This recording should bring her to a wider global audience with a sound that is truly authentic.  Her background and journey thus far make her as good an interpreter of traditional song as you will find.  Here This is Home is a strong recording, her best to date. It has high production values and an interpretative spirit and vocal delivery that matches anyone in this genre. She has returned to her spiritual home and recorded an album that will stand the test of time.

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