The Willis Clan
Chapter One – Roots (2012)
Roots is an engaging Irish music album by The Willis Clan, a family of young talented musicians, dancers, and writers from middle Tennessee, near Nashville. Roots is the group’s first recording of original contemporary folk sounds rooted in Irish music.
The members of The Willis Clan demonstrate admirable instrumental skill and the vocals are exquisite, in a line similar to the great modern Irish vocalists. In addition to Irish music, The Willis Clan also shows a modern bluegrass influence.
Band members include Jessica on lead vocals, fiddle and piano; Jeremiah on guitar, banjo, pipes, flute and whistle; Jennifer on accordion; Jeanette on whistle; Jackson on bodhran; and Jedi on bass. The album also features Toby, the father of the six musicians, on keyboards; their cousin Chris Wright, who played percussion; as well as Eamon Murray, Trevor Hutchinson, Frances Cunningham, and Jeff Cox.
Chapter One – Roots is a splendid album of contemporary Celtic music by The Willis Clan, a group of gifted young musicians and songwriters with a bright future. A great album to celebrate St. Patrick’s.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.