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Ciara O’Neill – The Ebony Trail

Debut album, The Ebony Trail pairs O’Neill’s distinctive stop-you-in-your-tracks vocals with idiosyncratic, poetic melodies.

With the juxtaposition of edgy compositions and gossamer voice Ciara O’Neil rides this new wave of contemporary indie folk, in the tradition of great female singer songwriters such as Birdy, and Gabriel Alpin.

Tracks Dead, Black, The Ebony Trail, and Ghost are appropriately haunting, slightly experimental, with some definitively Celtic undertones. Strange Days dips into a more pop palate with more hooks and a little spring in its step.

Fortune Favors, my personal favorite is a gorgeous tune. Delicate guitar opens in almost a whisper, segueing nicely into the swells and crest of chorus, and back again. Primroses an evocative, intimate tune. Poetry sung, buoyed by strings and just a hint of brush on cymbals.

This poetic songstress with her killer voice is surely destined for great things.

NI Music Editor, Gigging Northern Ireland