ELEANOR SHANLEY WITH FRANKIE LANE AND PAUL KELLY
A Place of My Own Own Place Records
There are some very serious Irish talents in action on this enjoyable if a tad overly wide-ranging collection. Shanley is a highly rated singer who has proved her versatility in the past, while Lane and Kelly are both masters of a number of different styles and instruments, Lane’s cowboy album being an outstanding example of how to lovingly bring a forgotten genre back to life. This album has no such clear agenda. It wanders all over the place, from Keshcarrigan to Appalachia, with many pleasurable stops along the way, but it has the loose feel of being a collection of disparate songs rather than a cohesive album. That said, the playing and the singing are top notch, and there are some very fine performances, not least on a version of the traditional The Blackest Crow.