First Press Reviews

The highly respected jazz website Marlbank was first in with the new CD Waiting for the Tide: waiting for the tide cover

Swift on it’s heels came this glowing review from Hot Press magazine:

With members from Eastern, Central and the Mediterranean parts of Europe as well as from Ireland, Sligo outfit NoCrows make for an intriguing prospect. The instrumental line-up includes fiddles, guitar, mandolin, flute, dulcitone and double bass, and the band have forged a reputation as an exciting musical ensemble.

They have become firm festival favourites, even wooing the crowds at Glastonbury. Waterboy and long-time Sligo resident Steve Wickham is probably their best known member, but the line-up has evolved over the years and the group has now expanded to become a six-piece. Though known in the past as a mainly instrumental outfit, they have recently recruited Sligo singer-songwriter Ray Coen, who brings a fresh musical thrust to their latest album.

Of the more “conventional” songs, “(Blame it on the) Good Times is a gently wrought ballad with lovely harmonies, while the poignant “Solvey” is well turned out melodically.

There is an impressive eclecticism to the record: the exuberant opening track, instrumental “The Pendulum”, is heavily influenced by gypsy music; “Heyka” has a strong Greek flavour; while “Fandango for Penny” draws its inspiration from Spanish flamenco styles. A love song dedicated to his adopted hometown, Steve Wickham’s almost elegiac ballad “Rainbow over Sligo” is another highlight, while “The Coney Island Shuffle” – with its echoes of Stephane Grappelli – will appeal to fans of the fondly remembered Phantom Orchestra. A surprisingly meaty version of the classic “Hey Joe” – made famous, of course, by Jimi Hendrix – rounds off this irresistibly sparkling collection.

…. Colm O’Hare, Hot Press Magazine, May 2014.


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