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Ben Glover New Album

Ben Glover is a Folk singer born in Ireland, though he currently resides in America; the influences of which are clear to hear on his new album ‘The Emigrant’, which launches September 30th on Proper Records.

He describes the album as his own story, who he is at this time in his life as he wrestles with restlessness and a longing for something that only home can give. The songs give a voice to those people who are still trying to figure out their place in the world; and addresses the very real issue of terrorists and xenophobia running rife in the world of today, offering its listeners solace from this ugly new world.

The album features six traditional Celtic folk songs and four of Glover’s original compositions which tie in with the conventional tales. The songs all have their place on this album and flow well, describing the ideas of immigration, displacement and searching, seeking the one thing that will make you whole again – whether it is being home, finding companionship, or discovering your spirituality.

The album was co-written with Glover’s most trusted collaborators – Gretchen Peters and Mary Gauthier who he has worked with in the past. It is a well produced offering, and full of wholesome instrumentation; featuring the usual folk music ilk of harmonica, piano and accordion. Ben Glover’s vocals are strong, and he has a very distinctive style, snarling over the instrumental track as he weaves the stories of the songs.

The Celtic influence Glover picked up during his years in Ireland is prolific throughout the album, especially with the tracks The Parting Glass, title track The Emigrant and The Auld Triangle. Dreamer Pilgrim Strangers is another Celtic beauty, as it briefly quickens the pace of the album slightly – over before you’ve really had the chance to enjoy it as it is a very short track, only standing at one minute, twenty seconds. The pace slows again with The Band Played Waltzing Matilda which is an epic track at almost eight minutes long – however I found it suffered with the opposite problem to Dreamer…, lasting far much longer than I personally felt it needed to be. It isn’t a bad track though, and I found myself being able to visualise dancing partners waltzing together at a Celtic dance with little trouble.

Overall the album is a very strong folk record, and Ben Glover has captured the spirit of Ireland perfectly in this latest offering; though also bringing the Celtic past bang up to date with modern production standards and a decent wholesome sound. It’s an extremely relaxed, easy-going record with recognisable vocals, which offer you escape from the humdrum of the modern world. If you are a fan of Glover’s previous work, or are a faithful listener of folk music with a Celtic slant, then you should give this album a listen – I doubt that you will disappointed.

Niki Flynn

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