The Orphan Brigade - ‘Soundtrack To A Ghost Story’: Top-notch singing and storytelling

Thu, Nov 26, 2015, 20:10

   
 

Album:
Soundtrack To A Ghost Story

Artist:
The Orphan Brigade

Label:
Proper

Genre:
Singer / Songwriter

Suitably strange as it may seem, this is literally a soundtrack to a ghost story.

And if the idea of a ghost story prompts raised eyebrows, don’t tell Ben Glover, Neilson Hubbard, Joshua Britt and a large supporting cast, because they spent the guts of 2013 pulling this American civil war project together.

It is a soundtrack because they’ve made a film about Octagon House, an antebellum house in Kentucky, considered among the most haunted in the US.

Make what you will about the documentary (see it at theorphanbrigade.com), but the 14 Americana tracks, all (except the traditional Paddy’s Lamentation) written by Irishman Glover and his two American partners, stand impressively on their own.

The first two, Pale Horse and Trouble My Heart (Oh Harriet), are not bettered but the playing, singing and storytelling remains top-notch throughout.