Limerick-based Rhiannon Giddens earned the Grammy award for Best Folk Album

Rhiannon Giddens

A massive congratulations is in order for Rhiannon Giddens, as she won the Grammy award for Best Folk Album. Receiving the prestigious honour for her 2021 record, They’re Calling Me Home. 

This is Rhiannon’s second Grammy, having previously won Best Traditional Folk Album in 2011.

Taking to social media to share her delight over winning the award, she wrote; “We are in Santa Fe with @nashvilleballet and so excited to hear that our ode to love and loss, They’re Calling Me Home, recorded by ourselves and @ben.rawlins in Ireland, was given Best Folk Grammy. Much love to all my other fam there ❤️❤️❤️ thanks to the @recordingacademy and to my partner @fraturrisi”

Originally from North Carolina, the singer moved to Ireland over ten years ago, and is an artist in residence at the University of Limerick’s Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.

Rhiannon Giddens

They’re Calling Me Home, was written with her partner Francesco Turrisi, and recorded at the Hellfire Studios in the Dublin Mountains.

Speaking on the album, the musician told The Independent; “Pretty much all that record is a response to the pandemic and so much of it was stuff that we’d been living with for many years, but never thought to record, like Nenna Nenna, the old Italian lullaby, and some of the old Appalachian stuff.”

“I’d learned it years ago, but never performed it. And then, with every everything that happened last year, it felt right.”

“All of us were looking at things that brought us comfort — memories of childhood maybe —and just the sort of simple things we took for granted. For me, that’s what the album is about.”


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