RHIANNON GIDDENS

They're Calling Me Home

Nonesuch Records

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Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco 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 Turrisi decamped 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 COVID-19 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, Nenna Nenna, that Turrisi used to sing to his infant daughter that took on new resonance during the lockdown.

TRACKLIST

SIDE A
1.
Calling Me Home
2.
Avalon
3.
Si Dolce è'l Tormento
4.
I Shall Not Be Moved
5.
Black as Crow
6.
O Death

SIDE B
1.
Niwel Goes to Town
2.
When I Was in My Prime
3.
Waterbound
4.
Bully for You
5.
Nenna Nenna
6.
Amazing Grace