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Lucy Zirins Lucy Zirins
Album: Live At The Old Courts
Label: Self Released
Tracks: 20
Website: http://www.lucyzirins.com

Lucy Zirins hails from Burnley, Lancashire and is now based in London. This limited-edition live album was recorded in The Old Courts in Wigan last May and features 15 tracks and five "interludes".

The interludes give a glimpse of Lucy's on-stage energy and give the album a lovely intimacy.

The fifteen songs are mainly self-written, with the exception of the blues standard Make Me A Pallet On The Floor, Ben E King's wonderful Stand By Me, and there's also American songwriter John Hartford's In Tall Buildings.

The album also features Lucy's long-time bass-player Andy Crowdy who adds a richness to the overall sound, which is beautifully recorded.

Lucy's songs run from folky ballads such as You Won't Remember Me to country stompers such as Changing Ground, throughout the singing is wonderfully crystal clear and the guitar playing precise. Her songs pick up up on bluesy, country and folk influences.

There are two unreleased songs - one inspired by watching House of Cards on Netflix - The Right Side of Wrong is dark and bluesy and the tender ballad, The Fall.

This is a great introduction to the songs of a talented sing-songwriter and the interludes are quite an insight into Lucy's song-writing process, including the delicate Mercy, a song apparently inspired by not taking the bins out!

Recommended.

John Knighton