We first began talking to Buck and Shanti Curran in early 2009 when they were preparing a benefit compilation of their own, Leaves Of Life, released in the summer. A children's favourite, 'This Little Light Of Mine' is perhaps the best known song on the disc and certainly one of the most performed songs in Odetta's repertoire, so we were adamant we needed to represent it here. We had been having some trouble finding someone to tackle the song for the compilation, perhaps because it is so well known and hard to pull off without sounding twee, so Arborea's brave acceptance of the challenge was a real boost. Tapping into their own personal connections to the song, the Currans turned in a deeply reflective, soothing rendition that closes the album on a comfortingly hopeful note. It's a quiet triumph.
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