Traditional Irish Music
This month Bernadette Morris undertakes a short US tour in support of her debut album All the Ways you Wander. We reviewed the album some time ago and you can read the review here. Its song choice is particularly strong with some great arrangements of traditional standards like A Roving on a Winters Night, Johnny Lovely Johnny and Sweet Forget Me Not. We put it to Bernadette when we spoke to her at the time of the launch, that song choice is everything for a debut. We asked did she find it difficult to narrow down a list of hundreds to a mere 11 that made it onto the album?
“Making an album is such a personal thing” she explained. “ You are effectively baring your soul. Choosing your favourite songs, songs that move you and represent you in a way. You are providing your take on them and then 'handing them over'. Deciding which songs to record was not an easy process. I took a lot of advice on the subject from the various singers and song collectors I'd met throughout the years - Dónal Lunny, Sean Corcoran, John Spillane, Barry Kerr and Brian Mullen. They all had a hand in my song choices. I worked very hard to try and have a balance of old and new, sad and happy tales and with the help of producer Seán Óg Graham I eventually settled on 11 tracks.”
Recently we posted up a playlist from the album and we include it again.
“The response to the album has been overwhelmingly positive” she says. “The launch, as part of The Cathedral Quarter Art's Festival was a ‘sold out’ event and attracted a lot of radio interviews and press attention. The album itself is receiving a lot of Radio play on BBC Radio Ulster, Raidió na Gaeltachta, Raidió Fáilte and Downtown Radio and in the US. Paul Brady, Colum and Tommy Sands and Brian Mullen and of course TradConnect have all written positive reviews and I was delighted to feature in Irish Music Magazine in an article by Eileen McCabe. I get lovely emails weekly from people who have received their copy and want to tell me how much they enjoy it or their favourite track.”
You can catch Bernadette on her US tour with the dates shown below.
US Mini- Tour February 2015
Sat 7 Feb, Queens NY, New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, www.NewYorkIrishCenter.org
Sun 8 Feb, Bronx NY, An Beal Bocht, 445 West 238th St., www.anbealbochtcafe.com TBC
Mon 9 Feb, New York NY, Land Mark Session, 11th Avenue
Tue 10 Feb, Brooklyn NY, Rocky Sullivan’s 34 Van Dyke St.
Wed 11 Feb, White Plains NY, Dunne’s Session, 15 Shapham Place, www.dunnespubandrestaurant.net
Thu 12 Feb, New York NY, The Dead Rabbit, private event
Sat 14 Feb, Middletown CT, Middletown House Concert Series, www.middletownhouseconcert.org
Wed 18 Feb, Somerville MA, Burren Backroom Concert Series, 247 Elm St. www.burren.com
19-23 Feb, Kansas City MO, Folk Alliance
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