Bill Gaither

Irish Homecoming

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This aptly titled disc finds the Gospel's First Couple journeying to Belfast to weave their musical and spiritual spell over an enthusiastic audience of believers. Throughout these selections, fiddle, guitar, and sprightly two-beat rhythms provide an agreeable country flavor, but this is gospel music first and foremost.

The Gaithers are assisted by a talented group of friends. Despite some impressive lead vocal guest spots (perhaps most notably Candy Christmas's Skeeter Davis-like turn on "The Only Real Peace"), it's the massed choir vocals that provide the greatest sense of communion and church spirit so necessary in gospel recordings. Don't be confused by the title; the Chieftains or Clannad don't guest on any of these tunes. This is essentially a gospel/country mix with Ireland simply providing ambience. It's the spirit of this recording that's important, and that spirit is one of jubilance and togetherness.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:19 Amazon
2 03:12 Amazon
3 02:37 Amazon
4 02:51 Amazon
5 04:46 Amazon
6 03:40 Amazon
7 03:37 Amazon
8 04:39 Amazon
9 04:14 Amazon
10 03:16 Amazon
11 03:07 Amazon
12 03:46 Amazon
13 04:32 Amazon
14 03:24 Amazon
15 04:41 Amazon
16 04:03 Amazon
17 03:28 Amazon
18
04:16 Amazon
19 05:12 Amazon
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