Folk \ Celtic \ Roots
ATLANTIC UNION is an innovative acoustic trio based in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Since 1997, Atlantic Union has built a solid reputation in Atlantic Canada for new interpretations of traditional material and for original songs that draw on Celtic roots and folk traditions from both sides of the pond. Their music is effervescent, original and emotionally compelling. Sally Goddard, originally from England, is known for the power and purity of her voice. She plays guitar, bass, bodhran and concertina. Dan Rubin toured and recorded across Western Canada for decades before moving to Newfoundland in 2002. He plays violin, viola, mandolin, octave mandolin, bouzouki, dulcimer, guitar and bass. With the addition of Jane Ogilvie, originally from New Brunswick, playing Celtic Harp, piano and accordion, the trio has found new momentum and has just released its third recording.
Atlantic Union’s latest release is a collection of traditional and original songs about the pull towards home. The new, third, album by the group combines local anthems with pieces inspired by the writings of JRR Tolkien and Henry David Thoreau. Sally’s tribute to her hometown of Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove, the song Hush Hush about the Highland Clearances and Jim Payne’s Waltz Around the Cape all add layers to the story.
As the liner notes explain, This is the journey we are on, travelling far but turning, always turning, toward home. . .
We were recently reviewed on CBC radio, FOLKING.COM and Elmore Magazine !