It’s been a while. I have a new recording for you!
Raised on This is a collection of my favourite Irish, Newfoundland & Celtic songs. Most of the songs are ones that I heard and sang growing up community of Freshwater, Placentia Bay. Hailing from strong Irish roots on both sides of my family, I found out in 2005 that my Grandmother, Ellen Henry from Belfast was a singer in Concert Halls in the city before she moved to Newfoundland as a war bride. My paternal Grandmother, Mollie Power also loved to sing. She was the loudest voice in Church on Sunday mornings. I wanted to record these songs for many years, as they were the ones I sang when first coming on the music scene in St. John’s, before I started writing songs.
I recruited some of my all-time faves from the Newfoundland Traditional scene to perform on Raised on This’. This recording wouldn’t have been possible with Jason Whelan’s talent & input. He performs on nearly ever song. He was my second ear for mixing the songs and mastered the CD. Featured also is the legendary Fergus O’Byrne, along with Mark Hiscock of Shanneyganock, Geoff Panting and Dave Panting of Rawlin’s Cross, Uilleann piper and whistle player, Rob Brown and Singer/Songwriter Sherry Ryan, who has performed Irish and Newfoundland songs with me every Paddy’s Day for the last 9 years in The Guinness Sisters. Last but not least are rhythm dynamos Aneirin Thomas and Ed Sutherby, who’ve been backing me for close to 20 years.
The CD Design is by Sarah Hansen and Photography is by Chris Ledrew Photography. Raised on This was recorded and mixed by me at Baygirl Music, with additional editing and assistance by Jason Whelan at Sound Solution. Jason’s guitars, bouzouki & vocals recorded by him at Sound Solution, as was ‘Pat Murphy’s Meadow’, live off the floor.
Raised on This is Available et Fred’s Records and O’Brien’s Music.
I hope you enjoy the album and please spread the word!