Her pure voice is like Eva Cassidy’s, but Talbot’s distilled Irish vocal tones are the very stuff of fable and give an even rarer depth. Layered accordions and heady Gaelic fiddles swirling in bohemian waltz-time back her on the title track, conjuring a gypsies, tramps, and thieves time when a woman might die for love and a man sacrifice all for honour. ‘The Loneliest’ is set like the other tracks in real time, yet is timelessly evocative and the more sad and beautiful for the simple acoustics from mighty guitar ace, Mark Knopfler. A gorgeous duet with co-vocals from Louis Abbot, the track crowns an album exciting for its quality and the company it keeps.
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