Sunday, April 20, 2014

CD Review: Folk Musician Judy Collins Feels Right At Home "In Ireland"

American folk icon Judy Collins recently released her new live album, "Live In Ireland" through Cleopatra Records on CD and on DVD. The album was recorded at Dromoland Castle in Ireland for a PBS Broadcast on September 29, 2013. The twelve song CD release features many of her classic originals mixed with cover songs and a few Irish hymns.

Her voice still sounds so strong and pure after fifty years in the music business, beginning with the Irish favorites "Wild Mountain Thyme" and "Gypsy Rover." The audience seemed very still during the powerful ballad "Barbara Allen," but things began to pick up during "Grandaddy," which featured the young step dancer Emily Ellis. Her cover of Harry Chapin's "Cat's In The Cradle" brings delight to the audience, before inviting singer Mary Black to perform with her on "She Moved Through The Fair." The album closes with the gentle covers of "Innisfree" and a stunning mostly acapella performance of "Danny Boy.

Judy Collins will be performing live from now until the end of the year. For a complete list of tour dates and to find out more about her new album "Live In Ireland," please visit judycollins.com.

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