Laoise O'Brien

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The Child Ballads are a collection of over three hundred traditional ballads originally from England and Scotland, and their American variants, collected by Francis James Child during the second half of the nineteenth century. The Child Ballads have been performed and recorded by musicians from the classical, folk, jazz, and roots traditions, but never before have the genres amalgamated. The concept behind this project was to see what would emerge when musicians from diverse backgrounds got together in a room to approach music that is common to them all. Many of the ballads also appear in other collections. It is specifically the connection to Irish collections and folklore that is the focus of this project and which gives the recording a distinctly Irish flavour.  

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The Child Ballads is the new album from Laoise O'Brien