I can't think of a better time of year to listen to Irish folk singer Aine Furey and her album 'Cross My Palm'.
Her endearing and tranquil voice is the perfect remedy to any underlying stress left over from the holidays. If there's ever a CD in my collection for just this, it's Aine Furey!
Aine was born into a musical family - her father Finbar fronted The Fureys, her brother is singer/songwriter Martin Furey and it's a great occurrence when a family collective such as this comes together through music and song, and a wonderful album is created. Included on the album are songs "Water's Edge" and the beautiful "Walk Gently", written by her brother Martin and "Hail Rain or Snow" written by Finbar, who also shares vocal duties.
All 12 tracks on 'Cross My Palm' and the order of them seem to have been chosen with care. The songs flow naturally so, for the listener, this makes the experience all the more enjoyable. The assortment of traditional folk songs like "Sligo Fair", "The False Lover / I Once Loved a Lad" and "The Bonny Boy" along with songs written by John Prine ("Say Hello") and one of my favorites "Circle" by Edie Brickell shows Aine's eclectic taste in music.
The gentle harmonies on "Learning to Fly" (Damh the Bard), "The Bonny Boy" and the sweet melody along with Aine's voice on stand-out track "Matter Of Time" written by Garry O'Briain, pulls at my heart strings.
The musicianship is top notch throughout 'Cross My Palm', with contributions by Robin Hurt, James Blennerhassett, Danny Byrt, Nollaig Casey, Maurice Lennon, Bill Shanley, Greig Stewart, Finbar Furey, Francie Conway and Garry O'Briain.
'Cross My Palm' is highly recommended for Irish and folk music aficionados and music fans alike.
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By: Jenny May
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