Adventures in Narcissism offers contemporary renderings of classic Celtic storytelling from Belfast songstress Edelle McMahon. This combination of Christy Moore meets Joni Mitchell with a touch of Nanci Griffith thrown in, is contemporaneous while remaining modern.
Calendar Days, and A Haunting resonate examples of spanning this acoustic folk bridge. Ships Will Sail and Hollow Lullaby, with their hues of bluegrass are charming alt-folk gems amongst this collection.
Tender yet at times both breathy and powerful, Edelle’s vocals captivate in a gossamer snare. Demeanor, in particular, presents a spellbinding hold on the listener. Human Earthquake a personal favorite track for the skillful guitar work and enchanting strings solo.
With a voice that’d be at home either in a cathedral choir or concert hall, it may be easy to overlook McMahon’s lyrical gifts. I suggest have a sit down, get comfortable and give it another listen. I think you’ll find this talent touches down not with a bang, but a whisper.