‘Willow Springs’ by Michael McDermott - real, revealing and scarily authentic

(June 01, 2016)

There’s an edge to Michael McDermott’s music that takes me back to the heady days of the sixties when life seemed to offer a young man everything that was ready to be taken. And then reality kicked in. The willow-cover-square-3000x3000music changed, protest folk turned into reality folk and artists sung about truth. Songs of dispute became campaigns. Now, with his new album ‘Willow Springs’ McDermott brings those memories right up to date with sometimes harrowing, often relentless and above all downright powerful music.

Words like expressive, revealing, visceral and meaningful, circle McDermott’s album like hawks, each one looking for somewhere to land, and each one instantly describing what you hear. There are tales of trial, stories of those battered but not necessarily beaten, recollections good and bad and the raging desire to confront it all. Listening to any track - ‘Willow Springs’, ‘Getaway Car’, ‘Soldiers Of The Same War’ or ‘One Minus One’ - all stand out, and they take you deep inside McDermott’s real, revealing and sometimes scarily authentic world.


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