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Ofra Harnoy brings a soulful, cleansing timbre like that of falling rain 'On the Rock' / STAGEANDCINEMA

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Ofra Harnoy, on the heels of last year's awesome husband-and-wife classical project Back to Bach (also recorded in their new home of Newfoundland), comes this diverse collection of traditional songs, dance reels, and plaintive ballads. Harnoy, who's finding new life on the Analekta label, brings a soulful, cleansing timbre like that of falling rain. And Herriot must be having a blast playing all matters of horns, bass and percussion. His engineering skills are magical, proving that overdubbing is a pandemic's best friend. He also uses guests Fergus O'byrne, Alan Doyle, Kelly-Ann Evans, Maureen Ennis, Heather Bambrick, Kendel Carson, Amanda Cash, and Bob Hallett, all of whom bring the character of the land and its ancestors - English, Scottish, et al. - into your living room for a night of festivity and tunes deeply rooted in history (Herriot's historical notes for each of the 14 tracks are invaluable). It's a lovely journey, although I must say that the only thing missing from the Highlands tune "Donald Willie and His Dog" were actual Newfoundlands and Labradors licking my face. I can't wait to experience the awesome land this couple calls home.

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