John Renbourn

Traveler's Prayer

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Celtic music was quite popular in the late '90s. Blame that faux-Irish RIVERDANCE business, if you must. The fact is that a lot of folk artists made obligatory Irish albums, most of which were pretty forgettable. John Renbourn's A TRAVELLER'S PRAYER is not one of those. It's not the guitarist's most inspired work; of his solo releases, THE LADY AND THE UNICORN retains that honor. But Renbourn's personal style is close enough to traditional Irish music that A TRAVELLER'S PRAYER doesn't sound like too much of a stretch.

Renbourn's preferred field is Renaissance and medieval music, meaning that his music is less exclusively British than that of folk artists working in more recent vintages. He therefore has fewer stylistic tropes to unlearn and re-learn. Though some of the Celtic-ized arrangements are a bit soppy, A TRAVELLER'S PRAYER is mostly very pleasant.

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