Original Soundtrack

Bringing It All Back Home [BBC]

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Companion soundtrack to a BBC television series that traced the impact of Irish immigrants on the music of the Americas: particularly bluegrass, folk, country, and rock. It's a compelling idea, and made plain by the myriad of musicians assembled to partake in each other's shared culture. And while the modern Irish rockers present on the album -- An Emotional Fish, Hothouse Flowers, Elvis Costello (Irish heritage), the Waterboys -- make the case for their own music, the real gems are the numbers by American artists covering classic Irish ballads, namely the Everly Brothers ("Rose Connolly") and a trio of Dolores Keane, Mary Black, and Emmylou Harris (the beautiful "Sonny"). The various reels and dances recorded live in Ireland and the States make for a fine history lesson, and this music is a shared conversation between both sides of the Atlantic.

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