Review: Órla Fallon – Sweet By And By

Timeless songs from the Americana tradition executed by a talented Celtic musician.

Orla Fallon Sweet By and By Review
Release Date: November 1, 2017
Run Time: 42:37
Label: Órla Fallon
Track Listing:
1. Five Hundred Miles
2. When the Right One Comes Along
3. Feet of a Dancer
4. Love Me Tender
5. I Still Miss Someone
6. Remember Me
7. In the Sweet by and By
8. My Forever Friend
9. Tennessee Waltz (For Laz)
10. Sonny
11. Hard Times Come Again No More
12. How Great Thou Art

Órla Fallon is an incredibly talented Irish singer and songwriter with a truly personal sound. Her music has always been an exciting blend of timeless Celtic melodies. Initially, Órla rose to fame as a member of “Celtic Woman,” a famed group that has charmed audiences throughout the world. She eventually parted ways with her former group back in 2008, with a focus on pursuing her prolific solo career.

Her recent studio album, “Sweet By and By,” is a collection of 12 tantalizing tracks that showcase the artist’s incredible versatility and passionate artistry. The winning combination of Órla’s mesmerizing vocals and dream-like harp riffs are the main element of most of the songs on this release. Interestingly, the singer decided to focus on offering stunning renditions of some of her favorite tunes from the American Folk songbook. These tunes are truly timeless, and they offer an insight into a profound cultural heritage. In a way, this is the sound that shaped the future of music, with a unique blend of cultures and influences that could only have happened in the United States.

Órla has always been fascinated by Americana, and following some time spent in Nashville, Tennessee, she decided to work on her first roots music album inspired by the great American songwriting tradition. Her versions of these classic songs are masterfully executed and emotionally compelling. Órla is not merely providing a “performance,” but a lively emotional representation of these tunes, as she feels personally connected with these tracks.

Every track on this release feels honest and heartfelt, and the production aesthetic capture Órla’s influences and vision for this project. The record has that distinctive “Nashville” tone to it, which translates into a clear, well-defined and balanced sound that stays true to the performance of the artists involved in the project.

The combination of American folk songwriting and Órla’s Celtic music background and approach are a magical combination, giving this record a truly unique feel. “Sweet By and By” is a record that both fans of Celtic, and Americana will not want to miss out on.

Final Score



"Sweet By and By" is a collection of some timeless songs from the Americana tradition executed by a talented Celtic musician.

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