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Ian Croft of R2 4star review

reviews Maid on the Shore by Niamh Boadle

This is a highly accomplished offering from an Anglo Irish singer who is still at university. For her second album, Niamh Boadle has linked up with the dependable WildGoose label to produce a selection of songs, traditional and modern, that is always compelling.

Niamh is a fine singer and multi instrumentalist who demonstrates prowess on guitar, fiddle, bodhran, whistles and mandolin throughout the album. Bellowhead's Paul Sartin offers assistance on piano or oboe on three tracks.

Traditional songs account for about half the album. Niamh makes a really good fist of the three that she sings unaccompanied, most notably the transportation ballad 'Boys Of Mullaghbawn'. There's also an excellent version of 'Creggan White Hare' adorned with solo bodhran.

The three self composed songs show promise, but I was more taken by two of Niamh's covers Anthony John Clarke's 'The Only Life Gloria Knows' is a poignant tale of a homeless girl in Belfast, while Kate Fagan's 'Roll You Sweet Rain' is enhanced by guitar, fiddle, oboe and double tracked vocals. Title track 'Maid On The Shore' is taken at a jaunty lick, backed by guitar and whistle, to end this confident album in fine style.