Album of The Week: The Whileaways - The Whileaways
From Siobhan Long in the Irish Times:
Americana has always found firm purchase round these parts, and this newly hewn trio mine a rich seam that owes something to Gillian Welch, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell. But mostly The Whileaways deal a hand all of their own making. With a seven original songs and a refreshingly spirited take on the hoary old The Banks of the Ohio, Noriana Kennedy, Nicola Joyce and Noelie McDonnell cut a confident trail through the undergrowth of roots music. Kennedy’s songwriting is the highlight of this set piece, with opener Dear My Maker managing to both set and steal the scene in a few short minutes. Kennedy and Joyce harmonise with sibling-like ease, while McDonnell adds a six stringed backbone to the mix. This is an audacious debut (which hollers for a chance to be heard in a live setting, so rich is its lyrical tapestry) from musicians whose experience pays ample dividends here.
David Hope – Christmas Day
Joe Dolan & R.T.E.C.O. – O Holy Night
Finbar Furey & Cor Na nOg – Little Drummer Boy
The Whileaways – Everyone
Karrie – Performers
Imelda May – Silent Night
Simon Casey – Let It Be Christmas
The Riptide Movement – Turn On The Lights
Gavin James – River
The Willoughby Brothers – Jingle Bell Rock / Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
Straight No Chaser – Feels Like Christmas
Frankie Valli feat Jeff Beck – Merry Christmas Baby
RTÉ Radio 1 Music Policy
With more than 40 hours of music on RTE Radio 1 every single week, we want to ensure the best music for our listeners is played. Every fortnight we have a new playlist of the best of the new releases from Irish and international acts. And there's always an album of the week. The tracks are rotated over the main daytime programmes and are updated every week.
Tracks from the Radio 1 Album of the Week can be heard over the week on Rising Time, The Ronan Collins Show and Late Date. (Tracks marked ** are new additions). We hope you enjoy the music...