When singer-songwriter-banjo-fiddle player Rhiannon Giddens and her multi-instrumentalist husband Francesco Turrisi were forced to quarantine in Ireland (where they live when not on the road), they found themselves drawn to the folk music of their adopted land – as well as their native countries of North America and Italy.
Those locales informed the assemblage of a list of songs that would reflect the situation that they, and the entire world, were dealing with.
Recorded over six days, traditional songs such as Calling Me Home, I Shall Not Be Moved and Amazing Grace sit comfortably with an Italian lullaby, Turrisi’s Nenna Nenna and Giddens’ Avalon. Joining them at key moments is Irish traditional musician Emer Mayock on flute, whistle and pipes.
They’re Calling Me Home by Rhiannon Giddens is out April 9 on CD, with vinyl to follow on June 11, via Warner.
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