Jenny Black's Hill - TRÚ
On Friday 3 July, TRÚ release the first single from their début album - Jenny Black's Hill.
TRÚ is a folk trio from Northern Ireland with an eclectic musical heritage. As TRÚ, Dónal Kearney, Zach Trouton & Michael Mormecha are exploring the folk traditions of Ulster and beyond, invoking influences ranging from sean nós to choral homophony and The Beatles.
"Absolutely amazing." - Moya Brennan, Clannad
"Stunning." - Sam Lee, folk singer
"Stunning vocals." - Ruth Smith, RTÉ Radio One Simply Folk
Jenny Black's Hill is an original song about a witch from Dónal's home town, Warrenpoint in County Down.
In the 1990s, Jenny Black was rumoured to live at the top of the hill Dónal grew up on. When he went to school, teachers would refer to his neck of the woods as "Jenny Black's Hill".
For years, he was too scared to walk the hundred yards to the top of the hill, but eventually he took the reckless decision to do so at the bold age of six.
In local folklore, Jenny Black was known to roam through the old hillside forests of Warrenpoint. Sometimes she would disappear and a white hare would bounce from where she had last been glimpsed. Sometimes, when you look out over Carlingford Lough, as the moon frames the silhouette of the Cooley mountains - sometimes, a human figure can be seen soaring through the sky in the glassy reflection of the Lough. But on glancing upward to catch her with the naked eye, she disappears again...
Dónal never spoke to anyone about what he saw at the top of that hill. Not his brothers, not his parents. Until now.
You can listen and buy the track on TRÚ's Bandcamp page: https://truband3.bandcamp.com/