FolkWords Reviews

‘Shiny Silvery Things’ by Cormac O Caoimh - varied, finely painted, ever-widening illustrations

(March 15, 2017)

In time of constant change, certainties remain. Among them is the music of Cormac O Caoimh, although that does not indicate any point of stasis, simply confidence. His music continues to progress, develop and expand ... from the high point that was ‘The Moon Loses Its SHINEY_COVER_WEBMemory’, the latest offering ‘Shiny Silvery Things’ raises the bar yet again. As with previous recordings, this album holds a similar clutch of hook laden songs, superficial simplicity disguising thoughtful compositions, lyrically deep explorations and that all important personal touch that reflects O Caoimh’s music.

‘Shiny Silvery Things’ comes with more polish and comprehensive production - still reflecting the essential intimacy that personifies the man’s songs. The keen observation of ‘Second Hand Clothes’, the powerful attraction of ‘Proud’ and ‘Hey You’ with its quiet reflection, the statement that is ‘In The Hollow Of An Old Oak’ and the frank honesty of ‘Tea in my teacup’ all convey the essence of the man’s songs ... varied, finely painted and ever-widening illustrations.

Playing on ‘Shiny Silvery Things’ are Cormac O Caoimh (vocals, acoustic, electric and classical guitars) Cormac O’Connor (bass, Telecaster, keyboards) Aoife Regan (vocals) and on selected tracks Martin Leahy (drums) Dave Donovon (drums) Eoghan Regan (electric guitar) Colum Petit (violin) and John O’Connor (saxophone).

Website: www.cormaco.net

Review: Charlie Elland

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