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Long Journey Home For the soundtrack to PBS' The Irish in America, producer and Chieftains leader Paddy Moloney spotlights a roster of (mostly) Irish stars on...Long Journey HomeFolk For the soundtrack to PBS' The Irish in America, producer and Chieftains leader Paddy Moloney spotlights a roster of (mostly) Irish stars on...1998-02-06
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Long Journey Home

Genre: Folk; Lead Performer: Various Artists

For the soundtrack to PBS’ The Irish in America, producer and Chieftains leader Paddy Moloney spotlights a roster of (mostly) Irish stars on Long Journey Home. Van Morrison’s soulful “Shenandoah” reveals the kinship between American and Irish ballads, while Sinead O’Connor’s “Skibbereen” has the dark beauty of a Grimm fairy tale. It’s unfortunate timing that Titanic’s score makes Moloney’s sentimental orchestral tracks sound a wee bit familiar. Still, the joyous jigs and bittersweet laments are heartening and heartrending. B+