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What Kevin Heard: Lily by Christy Moore is full of "beguiling self-penned ditties"

Kevin Bryan listens to records from time gone by, including Lily by Christy Moore, La Rocca! by Snips, and Cease Your Dreaming by The Buffalo Skinners

"Beguiling self-penned ditties" in Lily by Christy Moore

Fancy picking up a new album to enjoy this week, but not sure what to go for?

Here's music reviewer Kevin Bryan's low-down on another selection of albums from years gone by:

Christy Moore, Lily (Sony Music)

Lily finds Christy Moore returning to recording activity for the first time since 2013's Where I Come From, and the fruits of his labours should delight everyone who's ever been charmed by this iconic performer's inimitable approach to music-making during the past four decades or so.

Beguiling self-penned ditties nestle snugly alongside Peter Gabriel's Wallflower and the undoubted high point of the album in the shape of Christy's stunning rendition of the traditional ballad, Green Grows The Laurel.

Snips, La Rocca! (Angel Air)

This interesting period piece dates from 1979 and found vocalist Steve Snips Parsons working in close collaboration with guitarist and producer Chris Spedding in a revival of the partnership which had proved so creatively fruitful during the pair's stint in short-lived supergroup Sharks earlier in the decade.

The bulk of this stylish set was self-penned with the notable exception of Larry Wallis' Police Car, with Bill Nelson's distinctive interjections on synthesiser lending added impetus to the proceedings on tracks such as Happy Sometimes, Dark Outside and La Rocca.

The Buffalo Skinners, Cease Your Dreaming (Loose Chat Records)

This eclectic labour of love was created by The Buffalo Skinners, an engaging songwriting collective based in the fine Yorkshire city of Sheffield.

Their warm hearted and life enhancing sound draws on elements of rock, folk, blues and soul to create a heady musical hybrid which should be required listening for open minded listeners everywhere as the quintet explore the vagaries of the human condition with wit, grace and charm.

Laura Cantrell, Not The Tremblin' Kind (Cadiz Music)

This splendid CD re-issue focuses attention on Laura Cantrell's 2000 debut album, an emotionally direct offering which no less an authority than the late great John Peel described as "my favourite record from the last ten years, and possibly my life."

Cantrell's sound represents a pleasing throwback to the classic country music of the fifties and sixties, and Not The Tremblin' Kind provides an ideal introduction to this Nashville born but New York based performer's lucid and affecting brand of music-making.

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