- 09 Apr 21
Giddens is also a founding member of the country, blues and old-time music band Carolina Chocolate Drops, where she is the lead singer, fiddle player, and banjo player.
Grammy-nominated musician Rhiannon Giddens and Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi have released their brand new album, They’re Calling Me Home, via Nonesuch Records.
Giddens also shared an accompanying music video for 'Avalon' - an original song exploring the album’s theme of the end of life as we know it. The visuals were directed by Laura Sheeran in Galway, with choreography and performances by Stephanie Dufresne and Mintesinot Wolde.
The intimate accompanying video for Giddens' previous single, 'Waterbound', was also filmed between the beaches of Ireland and a recording session at a small studio. The track is a reimagining of a 1920's tune, and sees Giddens herself playing the fiddle.
Recorded over six days at Hellfire, a small studio outside of Dublin, Ireland – where both of them currently live and have been since the beginning of the COVID-quarantine – the two manage to effortlessly blend the music of their native and adoptive countries: America, Italy, and Ireland.
They’re Calling Me Home speaks of the longing for the comfort of home as well as the metaphorical “call home” of death, which has been a tragic reality for so many during the COVID-19 crisis.
“I wrote Avalon quite a while ago, and when this album came together I knew it was time to let it out in the world," Giddens says of the project.
"It represents the two sides of the contemplation of the final transition - the sadness of the ones left behind, and the joy at the thought of somehow meeting again...someday, somewhere.”
Giddens' latest album is the follow-up to 2019's there is no Other, also with Turrisi,
The musician earned a her sixth Grammy nomination for the album, which is at once a condemnation of “othering” and a celebration of the spread of ideas, connectivity, and shared experience.
Watch the video for 'Avalon' below: