Song for Ewe

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GER EATON – Song For Ewe

"Onto the turntable went Tír na nÓg’s self titled debut from 1971. And what a beautifully pure piece of progressive folk awaited me. Sonny Condell and Leo O’Kelly’s wonderfully crafted songs shine, with them both playing such instruments as tablas, dulcimer and Moroccan pottery drums!"

Lucky 7

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QUATERMASS III – Lucky 7

"If we weren’t all worried enough about imminent nuclear annihilation in 1980, Pete Wylie had to introduce us to the horrors of the doomsday clock. What then sounded like a rallying call from the bunker now sounds more like borderline power-pop if not for Wylie’s spirited shouty vocal. Ominously the clock is now set at 1 minute 40 seconds to midnight. Bugger."

PAUL SMITH of MAXIMO PARK – Song For Ewe

“Their harmonies are deliciously tight, but it’s the melody and groove that make this song transcendent. I often think of the African-American origins of gospel when I listen to this powerful type of music, and how the religious idea of an afterlife (providing respite from earthly suffering) is closely tied to the lived experience of racial injustice. Sadly, there is a deep well for gospel singers to draw upon, in that respect. Looking at our current uncertainty and daily isolation, the idea of a better time ahead is a strong one, making this song even more poignant today”

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LEE RANALDO & RAÜL REFREE – Song(s) For Ewe

“We listened in fascination to these tracks, which ranged from about 20 seconds to 3 minutes (shades of the brevity of California’s The Minutemen, and the UK’s Wire, both of which began around the same time). Turns out they were improvised with 2 microphones and a simple tape machine over 10 days of experimental jamming in the living room of one of the members (we were recording in similar fashion at the time!), then edited down to the album tracks.”

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