Review: “The Parting Glass” by Jesse Ferguson

Multi-instrumentalist and singer, Jesse Ferguson, known as The Bard of Cornwall, certainly defies the sophomore slump with his second cd “The Parting Glass,” first released in November 2011.  This album is a wonderful collection of ballads, sea shanties and drinking songs, mostly of Irish, Scottish, Canadian, and American origin.  As the title suggests, each song deals with some type of parting which gives the album a nice sense of unity.

The album begins with Farewell to Nova Scotia followed up by Loch Lomond.  Both songs help to establish the tenor of the album and feature a blending of Ferguson’s musicianship, especially his mandolin playing.  In both songs he uses the mandolin to highlight parts of the melody and give the songs a nice full sound.  Other well known songs that are featured here are The Bonnie Ship the Diamond, The Rocky Road to Dublin, The Fields of Athenry, and of course the title track, The Parting Glass.  All of which maintain their roots but are flowered a new by Ferguson’s instrument choices and composition.

Furthermore, an original song of The Bard of Cornwall, The Sun Sets on My Love, is also recorded on this album.  The song itself is well written and is a heartfelt composition that appears to follow much in the tradition of his predecessors.  As the title implies, it is about the loss of a loved one but the endurance of the emotions even after the passing.

“The Parting Glass” is a beautiful collection of songs artfully put together by The Bard of Cornwall – from the old traditional songs to the new.

Artist: Jesse Ferguson

Buy Album: The Parting Glass

Stephen Mc Sweeney is a High School English/Drama teacher.  Besides writing for the Celtic MP3s Music Magazine, he enjoys acting, writing and playing Celtic music.  He can be seen as one of the members of the band Terrible Musicians, where he plays percussion and mandolin. 

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