ELEANOR SHAN­LEY WITH FRANKIE LANE AND PAUL KELLY

A Place of My Own Own Place Records

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - JOE BREEN

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.

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