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Connie Dover|The Border of Heaven

The Border of Heaven

Connie Dover

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Connie Dover has never made a bad album, so why should she start now? As always, the program features an assortment of songs from Ireland, Scotland, and America, though the mix leans a bit more heavily to the American side this time out. Dover's affection for both cowboy songs and Irish ballads has always led to strange juxtapositions (remember how "Lough Erne's Shore" was followed by "Jack of Diamonds" on her solo debut?), but she's always been able to make it work, and this time is no different. Here she delivers a fascinating medley consisting of two versions of the cowboy chestnut "Streets of Laredo," one of them the familiar version and the other the Irish song from which it came, originally titled "The Sailor Cut Down in His Prime." This album also marks what is probably the first time "Sweet Betsy From Pike" has been recorded with bodhran accompaniment. There are also stunningly lovely renditions of "The Water Is Wide" and the heartbreaking "I Am Going to the West." Those familiar with the shape note singing tradition may find her interpretation of "Wondrous Love" a little bit too gentle, but that's a quibble. This is another triumph from one of America's finest traditional singers.
© Rick Anderson /TiVo

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1
The Blessing
00:04:26

Connie Dover, MainArtist - Public Domain (traditional Scottish), adapted by Connie Dover, Composer

2001 Connie Dover 2001 Connie Dover

2
Sweet Betsy from Pike
00:03:11

Connie Dover, MainArtist - Public Domain (traditional American), arranged by Connie Dover, Composer

2001 Connie Dover 2001 Connie Dover

3
I Am Going to the West
00:05:24

Connie Dover, MainArtist - Music and Lyrics: Connie Dover; Chorus and ver one lyrics traditional American, Composer

2001 Connie Dover 2001 Connie Dover

4
Streets of Laredo
00:06:57

Connie Dover, MainArtist - Public Domain Medley: Traditional Irish and American songs; arranged by Connie Dover, Composer

2001 Connie Dover 2001 Connie Dover

5
Lord Franklin
00:05:11

Connie Dover, MainArtist - Public Domain (traditional), arranged by Connie Dover, Composer

2001 Connie Dover 2001 Connie Dover

6
An Spailpin Fanach
00:03:27

Connie Dover, MainArtist - Public Domain (traditional Irish),arranged by Connie Dover, Composer

2001 Connie Dover 2001 Connie Dover

7
Last Night by the River
00:04:35

Connie Dover, MainArtist - Connie Dover; Lyrics adapted from Shoshone poem, Composer

2001 Connie Dover 2001 Connie Dover

8
The Water Is Wide
00:05:04

Connie Dover, MainArtist - Public Domain (traditional), arranged by Connie Dover, Composer

2001 Connie Dover 2001 Connie Dover

9
Wondrous Love
00:06:18

Connie Dover, MainArtist - Pubilc Domain (Traditional), arranged by Connie Dover, Composer

2001 Connie Dover 2001 Connie Dover

10
Winter's Night
00:03:40

Connie Dover, MainArtist - Public Domain (traditional American), arranged by Connie Dover, Composer

2001 Connie Dover 2001 Connie Dover

11
My Dearest Dear
00:04:24

Connie Dover, MainArtist - Public Domain (traditional American), arranged by Connie DoverPu, Composer

2001 Connie Dover 2001 Connie Dover

12
Brother Green
00:05:17

Connie Dover, MainArtist - Public Domain (traditional American), arranged by Connie DoverPublic, Composer

2001 Connie Dover 2001 Connie Dover

Album Description

Connie Dover has never made a bad album, so why should she start now? As always, the program features an assortment of songs from Ireland, Scotland, and America, though the mix leans a bit more heavily to the American side this time out. Dover's affection for both cowboy songs and Irish ballads has always led to strange juxtapositions (remember how "Lough Erne's Shore" was followed by "Jack of Diamonds" on her solo debut?), but she's always been able to make it work, and this time is no different. Here she delivers a fascinating medley consisting of two versions of the cowboy chestnut "Streets of Laredo," one of them the familiar version and the other the Irish song from which it came, originally titled "The Sailor Cut Down in His Prime." This album also marks what is probably the first time "Sweet Betsy From Pike" has been recorded with bodhran accompaniment. There are also stunningly lovely renditions of "The Water Is Wide" and the heartbreaking "I Am Going to the West." Those familiar with the shape note singing tradition may find her interpretation of "Wondrous Love" a little bit too gentle, but that's a quibble. This is another triumph from one of America's finest traditional singers.
© Rick Anderson /TiVo

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