I’ll Fly Away

Continuing in the American gospel tradition that we dipped into yesterday, here we have Gillian Welch and David Rawlings with the fine old gospel hymn, “I’ll Fly Away’. Be warned – David Rawlings’ guitar picking is a little over the top in a couple of places!

‘I’ll Fly Away’ is often seen as a traditional bluegrass song, but it is in fact a hymn written in 1929 by Albert E. Brumley, and published in 1932 by the Hartford Music company in a collection titled Wonderful Message. Wikipedia gives a pretty exhaustive list of the many recordings of this song. Mudcat has a number of threads about Brumley and his songs in general, and this song in particular; this one is a good place to start and it has links to the other threads.

I sometimes get asked if there are contemporary songwriters who are writing in the traditional vein. There are, of course, and Gillian Welch is a fine example of that sort of thing. Her website is here.


4 thoughts on “I’ll Fly Away

  1. Tim Chesterton

    Aren’t they sweet? I’ve loved Gillian Welch’s music since I first heard her on the ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ album.

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