The Foundling - Mary Gauthier

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Mary Gauthier is straightforward about who this album is aimed at. She dedicates it to "... all adoptees, birth mothers, birth fathers and adoptive parents who still suffer". This seems to make up the majority of those who go for The Foundling.
Mary was abandoned by her mother at birth. This collection of songs describes her trying to come to terms with her adoption, and, when she reached the age of 45, her search for her birth mother. She found her, and they spoke briefly on the phone, but her mother refused to see her. The desolation she felt as a result is palpable through her sharp, dry and occasionally bitter lyrics. She pulls no punches.
Producer Michael Timmins, of Cowboy Junkies, sets these lyrics and their melodies, which come right out of the Appalachian Mountains, in a context which is predominately acoustic, sparse and minimal. And it couldn't be any other way. The Foundling isn't a lot of fun, but it tells a very sad story with bleak eloquence.
It would take a very hard heart not to be moved by a track like Mama Here, Mama Gone.
Don’t let the subject matter dissuade you from giving this CD a spin – it is a truly excellent album.

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£10.96 (£9.13 ex. vat)
Artist Mary Gauthier
Genre American Folk, Female Vocal, Folk/Folk Rock
Release Date 2010
Number of discs 1
Label Proper Records
Track Listing • 1 The Foundling • 2 Mama Here, Mama Gone • 3 Goodbye • 4 Sideshow • 5 Interlude 1 • 6 Blood Is Blood • 7 March 11, 1962 • 8 Walk in the Water • 9 Interlude 2 • 10 Sweet Words • 11 The Orphan King • 12 Another Day Borrowed • 13 Coda
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