REVIEW: Una Clarkin – Little Bird


unaclarkinLittle Bird
, the EP by UNA CLARKIN is a melodious tapestry illustrating deep velvet summer nights full of stars. The title track Little Bird reminds me a great deal of that famous Van Gough painting Café Terrace on the Place du Forum.

Vocally able to maintain the mostly folk and bluegrass sensibilities throughout, yet weaves in rich tones of jazz, and bouncy notes of American country. If you like Shawn Colvin, you’ll love UNA. And there are some enchanting surprises like when the strings hit notes of Gypsy Jazz, on the track Heaven in particular. If you like Stephan Grappelli, you’ll dig this.

The River Rising, its folksy-country vibe sums up the bulk of this album. It also features the most popular appeal. Solid song writing and musicianship. Music City is the most country cut of this EP with few hints at bluegrass and pop. Paradoxes is the stand out piece. Those first few violin notes are simply gorgeous. Poetic and sophisticated lyrics adds to its distinctiveness.

It’s like you can imagine within that romantic aforementioned scene, Una and company playing in that café, the music drifting out into the night. It’s sweet, robust, and at times a bit blue. Noelle Ellis, GiggingNI