Traditional Irish Music
Jed Marum has been on our radar for a little while as we sometimes wander a little off the pure traditional grove and into some of the folk/celtic that is integral to most Irish sessions. This track which we recently came across is taken from his 2004 album Miles from Home. There is an inherent mellowness to his voice that can easily compete with some of the artists on the alt country or Americana circuit. Looking at his bio he says he
"grew up near Boston where he and his wife married at 18 and then went on to raise 3 sons. As a young man he worked Construction and Excavation during the day - and played music in bars and coffeehouses at night until he was 32. He studied electronics and computers to get a better day job and dropped music performance and worked Information Technology in the airline and then the telecoms world until he was 48. He moved from Massachusetts to Texas in 1986. When he bought a nice guitar and banjo in 1996 and 1997, he rekindled his love of music, quit the day job in January of 2000 and has earned his living at performing music ever since." Source www.jedmarum.com
Nicky Rossiter is host of STORIES on Irelands South East Radio says,
"Jed Marum has his genetic roots in County Kilkenny, Ireland. Those genes must come from a long line of bards and storytellers to judge from his recorded output. I have collected a number of albums from this troubadour and he never fails to deliver."
James P. Gannon former Wall Street Journal editor and author of "Irish Rebels, Confederate Tigers" writing about one of Jed songs said,
"Prayer from Little Round Top is the song one of the great Irish poets might have written had he marched to Gettysburg with Jed's Irish immigrant from Alabama. The melody seems to well up from some misty glen in Connemara, wrapping the soldiers sad story in a teardrop. It may mark me as a sentimental Irish man to say this, but if you can listen to this haunting song without finding your eyes moistening, then somewhere along life's way, you've lost your soul."
Would be great to have Jed on our merry little site here so if you are reading this Jed, come on in. In the meantime enjoy this track and check out his website www.jedmarum.com where you can check out his music. We understand he has a new album on release in March 2013 called The South Wind which we will have to look out for. Here is a link to Miles From Home on cdbaby.com
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