Cares Of Tomorrow Can Wait
Ed. Harris from North Carolina just released his album number ten and once again I’m delighted to be able to write about it. Ed has been into music from a young age and first picked up the guitar when he was just five years old. He started with orchestral, jazz, folk and bluegrass before he discovered his love for Celtic music, which has not let go of him to this day and has accompanied him for over 30 years. As a multi-instrumentalist, he has won numerous awards and of course every single one of them is more than deserved.
In 2018 he was a finalist for Best Album “New Bern Seisiúns” – INA, Scotland and in 2020 he was awarded for Best Album “Well Below the Valley” (AMA) and that’s just a small selection of countless awards. And now the new album “Cares Of Tomorrow Can Wait”, 15 songs in which the artist offers everything that makes him special. A firework of traditional and contemporary Celtic and folk instrumental and vocal songs, a brilliant mix as we are used to from Ed.
“Leitrim Fancy” a cheerful song at the beginning and a good introduction to the album that makes you want more, traditional and yet not old-fashioned!
“Wellerman” is an 18th century folk song about working at sea and whaling and one of the songs in which Ed enchants with his voice. As is the song “Wild Mountain Thyme” , a song originally from 1957 ! Beautifully sung and one of my favorites on the album.
“Toss The Feathers” a reel that makes it hard to keep your feet still. You feel like you’re in a pub with live music and dancing or in the world of westerns and saloons. There seem to be over 200 versions of this song, I’ve heard quite a few and I have to say that I like Ed’s the best.
“Oh, come by the hills to the land where life is a song
And sing while the birds fill the air with their joy all day long
Where the trees sway in time and even the wind sings in tune
Ah, the cares of to-morrow can wait ’til this day is done”
These are the lyrics to “Come to the Hills” what a wonderful song, what lyrics, just great. Traditional and almost poetic.
“Jock O’hazeldean” is a really ancient ballad that is said to have been written in the 1700’s and for me it suits the artist more than perfectly. Quiet, gentle, a bit sad but that’s what makes the song so beautiful.
With this album, the artist has once again succeeded in bringing tradition and modernity together, awakening a desire for Celtic tones, surrendering to both the heaviness and the lightness of Irish music and, of course, hoping for more. W. Ed. Harris takes us with his incomparable voice and the incredible mastery of the instruments he plays, with his calm manner that makes all songs even more authentic and that seem to take you back to times long past, but at the same time are so modern and contemporary.
These are just some of the songs that await you and I can promise that the full album will be worth listening to once again!