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Bernadette Morris "All the way you wander"

Bernadette Morris \"All the way you wander\"

"Bernadette Morris is from Dungannon, Co.Tyrone, although she now calls Belfast her home and has already appeared on TV and Radio in the North of Ireland. This album reached Number 1 in our Belfast chart in July, so she already has a solid following in Ulster. Yet with a You Tube video of the Jimmy MacCarthy song the Bright Blue Rose and John Spillane’s All the Way’s You Wander headlining this album, you might think she has a Corkonian sense of the contemporary folk song. And yes she does, but she definitely puts her own northern blás onto each song, for example as a fluent Irish speaker she gives a crystal clear rendition of Na Gcuach Ní Chuilleanín.
The 11 tracks include the traditional Brocagh Braes (a sweeter version than the one you may know from Andy Irvine), also a new composition by Barry Kerr on emigration called The Leaving Song, a big ballad Lord Donegal (a dark version of the well–known Lord Lovel, Lord Donegal was a favourite of Sarah and Rita Keanes). She gives us a jaunty On a Winter’s Night (a free sample of which is available on sound cloud). The backing musicians are a few of the renegades from Beoga, with Sean O’ Graham producing the CD and adding his guitar. They get to flex their musical muscles on Fraher’s Jig / The Hearty Boys of Ballymote / The Lisnagun.
Bernadette has a light yet pleasing voice, which would be more than capable of mastering country music, she hints at the emotion needed in that genre on The Leaving Song which included a pedal steel guitar. Yet it is the traditional repertoire that stands out here, Og Graham’s deft arrangements don’t fight against her and he has the ability to work within the confines of a very tight band sound.
Bernadette’s star is rising in the North of Ireland, she is a talent to keep your eyes peeled for. Bernadette has a natural taste for traditional songs in English and can deliver them with enough contemporary sparkle to put down a distinctive impression that is worthy all the ways you wander to find it. "
Irish Music Magazine 2013, Seán Laffey


Track listing:
1. Brocagh Braes
2. The Leaving Song
3. All the Ways You Wander
4. Lord Donegal
5. Molly Na Gcuach Ní Chuilleanáin
6. Once I Loved
7. A Roving On a Winter's Night
8. Johnny Lovely Johnny
9. Jigs: Fraher's Jig / The Hearty Boys of Ballymote / The Lisnagun
10. Captain Glenn
11. Sweet Forget Me Not
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