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'Musical Evolution' & 'Wayfaring Stranger/The Dowie Dens of Yarrow' are two tracks from Helena Byrne's latest album ‘Tóraíocht Shonais’ (Pursuit of Happiness), illustrating the story of North America's musical development through the influence of it's many immigrant cultures.
‘Tóraíocht Shonais’ is a collection of stories and songs that illustrate the history of Irish emigration to the United States & Canada.
A note from Helena: “With this album, I hope to bring the listener on a journey through the Irish experience of emigration to the New World; the excitement, the tragedy, the hopes and aspirations for a better life.”
‘Tóraíocht Shonais’ includes 8 songs alongside incredible stories of Irish emigration through the ages; emigration during the Great Famine, travelling on the Titanic, the Irish in the Wild West, John F. Kennedy’s visit to Ireland and so much more.
“This album is beautiful piece of craftmanship and will be enjoyed by both the Irish diaspora family and those who simply have a love of Irish music and stories alike” – Travel Ireland Magazine, December 2017
released September 12, 2018
All vocals by Helena Byrne.
Guitar & Banjo by Bill Shanley.
Fiddle by Cathy McEvoy.
Recorded & Mixed by Michael Manning.
Mastered by David Montuy.
Photography by Laelia Milleri.
Dress by Claire Garvey.
Arranged & produced by Helena Byrne.