Irish Music Magazine
Minor Tales Major Stories Review
Minor Tales Major Stories
Own Label, 7 Tracks, 30 Minutes www.saoirse-mhor.com
Irish singer songwriter Saoirse Mhór is based in Germany where he made this EP with the help of Michael Busch, Andrew Cadie, Katie Doherty, Daniel Fleischmann, Andy Horn and Steffen Knauss. Originally the album was to be called High Treason, his release notes explaining that some of these songs were written at a difficult personal time for him. And it's true some of the words are genuinely sombre, but his ear for a melody and a hook line make them approachable and the band do a brilliant job of lightening the load. Saoirse's songs deal with a variety of emotions, and songs of this quality are able to touch us like no other art form can come close to. They also underscore what a tough, often introspective time, the Pandemic has been for creative people.
Ashbury Lane is about an imagined place, somewhere we all know, a childhood home, a sanctuary oi happy place of innocence, a locale we long for but a lane we'll never walk again.
In the days when I was younger, And I never knew defeat / When time and love might linger, And life an open street
That sense of loss is revisited on the traditional folk song Lord Franklin, the story of the unsuccessful attempt to find the missing crew of the Terror in the north of Canada. Loss is a theme of the cover art, a lost masterpiece by Carravagio, found in Leeson Street Dublin, the telling image is of the treason of Judas. Saoirse's Table of Losers is split between tracks 2 and 7, it's another deep investigalion into his soul; is it an oblique reference to the tragedy of the Last Supper? Its first iteration is a sumptuous combination of piano, fiddle and Saoirse's strong acoustic rock vocals. The reprise is a different take on the Table of Losers, far more upbeat and a positive cathartic coda from this talented song maker.