Ep. #83 Featuring Ashley Faatoalia, Ginger Murphy, and Errol Cooney
"Fields of Gold"
It’s a rare thing when a song becomes as beloved by a cover artist as it is by its original artist. Such is the case with Sting’s “Fields Of Gold”- a signature song for him and also the song that launched an international posthumous career for Eva Cassidy whose arrangement for voice and acoustic guitar won peoples’ hearts.
The simple harmonic progressions and old-fashioned syntax of “Fields of Gold” evoke traditional music of the 16th century rather than a soft rock jam from the early 90s. Perhaps that is why it is a song to which so many artists have gravitated. Seduced by the song’s old-world nature, artists like Cliff Richard and Barry Gibb released a duet rendition as did Michael Bolton using the recorded voice of Eva Cassidy.
Sting once said of Cassidy’s rendition, “Eva's is one of the best versions of my song I've ever heard...There is something about her voice - a quality - that you can't really put into words. It's a magical quality. People respond to its purity. It suggests something ethereal-- something unattainable.”
Providing us with a different magic are tenor Ashley Faatoalia, cellist Ginger Murphy, and guitarist Errol Cooney.