Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi, "Calling Me Home"

  • February 10, 2021
  • Kim Ruehl

by Kim Ruehl (@kimruehl), Folk Alley

Singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi have been holed up in their shared home in Ireland during the past year of pandemic quarantine, working on an album that will drop April 9 via Nonesuch Records.

They’re Calling Me Home is named for a song that was written by beloved folk and old-time elder Alice Gerrard. Known for her arresting authenticity, Gerrard inspired Giddens to listen to songs such as this with new ears.

According to a press release, Giddens’s said of Gerrard: “Some people just know how to tap into a tradition and an emotion so deep that it sounds like a song that has always been around — Alice Gerrard is one of those rarities; ‘Calling Me Home’ struck me forcefully and deeply the first time I heard it, and every time since. This song just wanted to be sung and so I listened.”

Indeed, Giddens’s powerful voice wraps around each note, seeming to plumb them from the depths of her soul. The result is an emotional, evocative song for these trying times. When so many people have lost so many other people, “Calling Me Home” is a haunting reminder of life’s short sweetness.

They’re Calling Me Home will be packed with several old traditional as well as some of Giddens’s originals. It will be the pair’s second collaborative release since 2019’s There Is No Other.


"They're Calling Me Home" is available HERE.

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