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Rhiannon Giddens On The Many Meanings of 'Home'

While Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi made her new album in their new home of Ireland during 2020, they felt called by the places that had given them life and drawn to the mysteries of death.
Rhiannon Giddens recorded her new album, They're Calling Me Home, with her collaborator Francesco Turrisi, in quarantine in Ireland during 2020. Source: Ebru Yildiz

There's a new album by Rhiannon Giddens, an album that could only have been made by this artist and only in the last year. The singer, fiddler and banjo picker loves to explore the roots of American music and in particular the impact and continued relevance of early Black American music. She and her partner Francesco Turrisi birthed a new album in quarantine at home. Well, not quite home: The North Carolina native and her Italian musical partner have been in Ireland and in lockdown. They made this album, which they named They're Calling Me Home, in a studio on a working farm outside Dublin.

includes folk and classical tunes with new songs written by these two collaborators. I spoke with Rhiannon Giddens about one of the songs they wrote for the record, "Avalon." It's a song

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