now playing: Tim O'Brien: The Crossing
Tim O’Brien is a fine singer, songwriter, and player of all sorts of stringed instruments in the country and bluegrass style. He’s from West Virginia, based now in Nashville, after some years some years in Colorado. His family came to America from Cavan and from Donegal, in Ireland, The Crossing is the first of several albums in which O’Brien considers that ancestral experience in real time, as events which happened to real people and stories of their lives, the risks they took and joys they celebrated. It’s a very fine album on its own and a real necessity for anyone interested in Irish and Irish American history to explore.