Deborah Osherow Kalliope’s Grace
Joined by Hudson Valley favorites T. G. Vanini, James Kruger, Julie Parisi-Kirby, Ian Worpole, and others, Osherow produces a soothing work that brings poetry to life in a fresh and convincing way, summoning nature through vocals, harp, guitar, mandolin, viola, fiddle, bass, nyckelharpa, accordion, and bodhran. “Twenty Gallons of Sleep” introduces Osherow’s sturdy vibrato with upbeat harp and fiddle, highlighting Agnes Louise Storrie’s lullaby equating a drunken sleep to the slumbering of babies with angels aloft. Osherow’s nod to Yeats takes place in “The Fiddler of Dooney,” a fiddle-and-guitar-based tune that repeatedly harmonizes an infectious happy sentiment: “The merry love the fiddle/And the merry love to dance.” Taken from a Ben Jonson Elizabethan stage play, “The Hymn of Hesperus” is an a capella live piece comprised of a peacefully harmonizing quartet. Percy Shelley’s “Spirit of Delight,” a somber, sparse guitar piece, beautifies nature’s dark side. This recording is especially apropos as we await the mystery, magic, and haunting embrace of autumn and winter. www.kalliopesgrace.com.