New River Drivers song to benefit the Family Refuge Center
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (WVDN) — Philadelphia-based Celtic folk-rock collective River Drivers have announced their new song “Everlasting Faint (The Tale of the Greenbrier Ghost),” released Oct. 21 in conjunction with Awareness Month. to domestic violence.
The song by band member Mindy Murray is about the death of a young woman at the hands of her husband. According to the mile marker and local legend, the ghost of the Greenbrier County wife appeared before her mother to help convict her husband of murder.
Funds will be raised for the Family Refuge Center which serves three southern West Virginia counties and is several miles from the murder scene.
A video clip shot on location should be released soon.
River Drivers are a four-piece band whose unique, passion-driven musical style draws inspiration from Celtic, American and Appalachian influences and features powerful, distinctive vocals. Their repertoire strikes a nice balance between original songs and more obscure folksongs, resurrected from deep folk vaults.
Anchored by Murray (vocals, guitar, banjo, bass) and Kevin McCloskey (vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass) with accompaniment by Marian Moran (tin whistle, low whistle, concertina) and Meagan Ratini (fiddle, flute, tin whistle) their energetic music explores themes of social injustice and hardworking men and women.
In “Everlasting Faint (The Tale of the Greenbrier Ghost)”, as in many songs she has written, Murray draws on her life experiences and oral histories to create songs that serve to tell the stories and to sensitize people caught up in the struggles of daily life. His song “Blair Mountain” which chronicles the struggle to bring the union to the West Virginia coalfields
caught the attention of the United Mine Workers of America and was featured in their annual report the year it was published. Another of her songs, “Did Ya Vote” was recognized by the International Women’s Freedom Song in 2020. West Virginia’s stories reflect the years she spent in the Mountain State serving the needs of population while attending medical school in
McCloskey’s passion for songs describing the plight of working men and women was fueled by a childhood performing Irish standards with her father, Irish tenor Tommy McCloskey. He brings a raw intensity to his music and the band’s sound that has been shaped by years in a punk band.
Moran’s roots are in the town of Ardara, County Donegal, an epicenter of Celtic music. She returns to the rugged coast as often as she can to perform at the city’s many traditional Irish music festivals.
Ratini, Moran’s daughter, completes the group with her fiddle, Irish flute and whistle. She and Moran performed for several years as a duo, Port Murray.
The River Drivers can be found playing major festivals such as the Philly Folk Festival, New Jersey Folk Festival, and Musikfest, as well as fine concert venues like The Bucks County Playhouse and Carnegie Hall, West Virginia. Across the pond they played for the Cup of Tea in County Donegal, Ireland.
Their music has been widely praised by critics from notable outlets such as The Irish Music Magazine, fRoots, No Depression and many more.
Everlasting Faint (The Tale of the Greenbrier Ghost)” is available on all streaming platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and Amazon.
You can also buy it on Bandcamp and watch the video on YouTube.