River Drivers are a Celtic influenced folk band from Phildelphia. They are a four piece consisting of Mindy Murray (vocals, guitar, banjo, bass), Kevin McCloskey(vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass), Marian Moran (tin whistle, low whistle, concertina) and Meagan Ratini (fiddle, Irish flute, tin whistle). Their music consists of traditional songs and new songs which typically focus on themes of social justice and the lives of hard-working people.
Today’s song ‘Everlasting Faint (The Tale of the Greenbrier Ghost)‘ was written by Mindy Murray and is a retelling of a legend associated with a murdered victim of domestic violence. The song tells of the death of a young woman at the hands of her husband. According to the mile marker and local legend, the Greeenbrier County West Virginia woman’s ghost appeared before her mother to help convict her husband of murder.
The song has been released in Domestic Violence Awareness month and money will be raised for the Family Refuge Center which serves three counties in southern West Virginia and is several miles away from where the murder occurred. A link to donate to this cause can be found on the River Drivers Facebook page.
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