Exclusive Single Premiere : Pauline Scanlon / The Old Churchyard

Today we have an exclusive single on Tradconnect, taken from Gossamer, the new album by Pauline Scanlon. The track is called The Old Churchyard.

The track can also be downloaded by broadcasters that are part of our Download Centre here on Tradconnect.  

Gossamer serves as a new departure for Pauline, a fresher, more contemporary take on some traditional and some newly penned songs. Spanning continents and genres, this emotionally charged album of songs steeped in love and loss delivers a seamless blend of old and new.

Guest vocalist Damien Dempsey features on stand out track - Pretty Bird Tree, written by aboriginal singer L J Hill. The opening track Poorest Company is a song from the pen of Kris Drever, Roddy Woomble & John McCusker. Traditional Irish, English & Scottish songs such as False False, The Eighteenth of Hume, The Old Churchyard & The Lover’s Ghost are given unique treatments alongside songs by contemporary master songwriters such as Lucy Kaplansky, Leonard Cohen & James Keelaghan.

Delicately overseen by producer John Reynolds the album features a cast of peerless musicians – Graeme Kearns, Dónal O’Connor, Donogh Hennessy, Clare Kenny, Caroline Dale, Tim Edey & Nicola Joyce, and is sure to open the gateway to a whole new listenership, whilst pleasing an already burgeoning fan base.

Deeply immersed in the tradition yet in touch with edgier developments within the contemporary folk and world music realm, West Kerry native Pauline is capable of making the oldest ballads sound immediate and fresh, whilst granting newer material a timeless resonance.

Pauline says : “what I like about folk songs is that you are almost like a ghost singer singing somebody else’s story. People are always having their heart broken. There are always wars. There are always people migrating from place to place... I find that with history books you can read about the facts but songs are the emotions. That is extremely interesting to me.”

The album is now available on www.paulinescanlon.net and can be downloaded from iTunes

It is also available as a free Download for broadcasters who have signed up to our Download Centre.


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