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Wandering Home


Download links and information about Wandering Home by Maura O'Connell. This album was released in 1997 and it belongs to Rock, World Music, Country, Songwriter/Lyricist, Contemporary Folk, Celtic genres. It contains 11 tracks with total duration of 39:34 minutes.

Artist: Maura O'Connell
Release date: 1997
Genre: Rock, World Music, Country, Songwriter/Lyricist, Contemporary Folk, Celtic
Tracks: 11
Duration: 39:34
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No. Title Length
1. West Coast of Clare 3:56
2. I Hear You Calling Me 3:11
3. Down the Moor 3:08
4. Teddy O'Neil 3:44
5. Shades of Gloria 4:34
6. Irish Blues 5:01
7. Down Where the Drunkards Roll 3:46
8. Stór Mo Chroi 3:37
9. Down By the Salley Gardens 3:40
10. Dún Do Shúil 3:11
11. Singer's House 1:46



Wandering Home is an apt title for Maura O'Connell's first all-Irish album since leaving the Old Sod. The players are a who's who of modern Celtic music — among them guitarist Arty McGlynn, fiddler Ciaran Tourish (of Altan), and bouzouki player Donal Lunny — and the tunes are mostly traditional, if not always rendered in a strictly traditional style. For instance, there are shades of Roy Orbison in the more operatic moments of "I Hear You Calling Me," and her bluesy adaptation of an old folk tune such as "Irish Blues" has more than a hint of Billie Holiday to it. Needless to say, these are not the strongest tracks on the album. The transcendent moments come on the more hardcore trad numbers — her heartbreaking rendition of "Teddy O'Neil," her revelatory take on the old chestnut "Down by the Sally Gardens" — and on the startlingly out-of-place "Down Where the Drunkards Roll," which is one of the grimmest songs Richard Thompson ever wrote, but which O'Connell manages to imbue with a warmth and humanity miles removed from the jaded resignation of Linda Thompson's original version. Jerry Douglas is a brilliant producer and knows just how to showcase O'Connell's stunning voice.