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Rhiannon Giddens - They'Re Calling Me Home (CD)

Rhiannon Giddens - They'Re Calling Me Home (CD)

Rhiannon Giddens - They'Re Calling Me Home (CD)

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Rhiannon Giddens - They'Re Calling Me Home (CD)

Rhiannon Giddens - They'Re Calling Me Home (CD)

Rhiannon Giddens' new album They're Calling Me Home was recorded with Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi. Giddens and Turrisi, who both live in Ireland when they aren't on tour, have been there since March 2020 due to the pandemic. The two expats found themselves drawn to the music of their native and adoptive countries of America, Italy, and Ireland during lockdown. Exploring the emotions brought up by the moment, Giddens and Turrisidecamped to Hellfire, a small studio on a working farm outside of Dublin, to record these songs over six days. The result is They're Calling Me Home, a twelve-track album that speaks of the longing for the comfort of home as well as the metaphorical "call home" of death, which has been a tragic reality for so many during the crisis.

They're Calling Me Home features several traditional songs that Giddens hasn't played for years, including some of the first old-time pieces she ever learned: 'I Shall Not Be Moved', 'Black As Crow (Dearest Dear)' and 'Waterbound'. The album also includes a new song Giddens wrote, 'Avalon', as well as an Italian lullaby, 'NennaNenna', that Turrisiused to sing to his infant daughter that took on new resonance during the lockdown.

They're Calling Me Home also includes two well-known songs about death: 'Amazing Grace' and 'O Death'. The minstrel banjo, accordion and frame drums that have become characteristic of the pair's sound are well represented on the album, but it's the viola and cello banjo combination that captures unexpected emotion and intensity. Joining them at key moments are Congolese guitarist NiwelTsumbuand Irish traditional musician Emer Mayockon flute, whistle, and pipes. Engineer Ben Rawlins was key to the shape and sound of the record while Giddens and Turrisiproduced and Kim Rosen mastered.


1. Calling Me Home

2. Avalon

3. Si Dolce ÈlTormento

4. I Shall Not Be Moved

5. Black as Crow

6. O Death

7. NiwelGoes to Town

8. When I Was In My Prime

9. Waterbound

10. Bully For You

11. NennaNenna

12. Amazing Grace

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Release Date 9 Apr 2021
Brand N/A
Artist Rhiannon Giddens
Title They'Re Calling Me Home
Format CD
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