Romanoff’s return to his homeland

Renowned NY-based Americana artist Ed Romanoff is playing throughout Ireland in the coming weeks, making several stops including Cleere’s Theatre on February 28.

Renowned NY-based Americana artist Ed Romanoff is playing throughout Ireland in the coming weeks, making several stops including Cleere’s Theatre on February 28.

This is the official Irish release of Romanoff’s latest self-titled record. A unique part to Ed’s story is that he received the shock of his life in June 2010, when he learned that the father he grew up with was not his biological father after all. A DNA test confirmed his heritage was actually from Ireland. That said, touring through Ireland and singing songs inspired by his life story has been quite a prolific experience. Ed is critically renowned and has received many songwriting awards. To find out more about Ed or to listen to his music check out http://edromanoff.com/thepresshouse/

Romanoff’s 2012 self-titled debut is a gritty masterwork of melancholic and atmospheric Americana. The 11 songs were recorded with Crit Harmon (Lori McKenna, Martin Sexton), Josh Ritter, Tift Merritt, and Meg Hutchinson and Mary Gauthier and Dave Mattacks are also featured.

The record evokes the swampy mysticism of New Orleans and the kind of redemption you find at the end of an introspective night with a good bottle of whiskey. “There is something compelling about why I’m doing this now,” says Romanoff. “There is truth in a good song, and when you pursue it, and write about something real, you find out something real and true about yourself. And the more you do it, the more it helps you heal, and it heals others in a similar way. It’s a crazy circle but it works.”

His incredible story is proven in the tracks which cut a wide emotional swath, from the good-natured sorry-I-messed-up sentimentality of “I Must Have Done Something Right” to the brave vulnerability of “St. Vincent De Paul”, written after a visit to an orphanage in New Orleans. A chance encounter with Nashville songwriter Mary Gauthier led to him being invited, extraordinarily, to perform on Mary’s world tour. Ed joined Mary on tour and performed his songs in theaters across ten countries in front of thousands of people, then on radio and television before millions, live ‘on air.’

Soon after the tour with Gauthier Ed opted to take a DNA test to feel closer to his Russian father, who had passed away many years before. He received the shock of his life in June 2010, when he learned that the father he grew up with was not his biological father after all. The DNA results of several tests confirmed heritage was actually from Ireland or Scotland. On “St. Vincent De Paul” Ed sings about the search for his father with weathered sincerity: “If we met on the street/Would I Know His Face?/And would he look into mine/And find there is a trace/Of a woman he loved once/A long time ago/Or would I pass him right by/And not even know it/A basket of rushes in a river of men.”

Ed toured Ireland in fall of 2012 for the first time after learning the truth about his background. Inevitably, the trip was an emotional and healing one. Recent months have seen Romanoff on an extensive US tour with Rachael Yamagata. In late February of 2013 Ed returns to Ireland for several exclusive performances to celebrate the official release of his self-titled debut in his homeland. Tickets for the gig in Cleeres are priced at €10.