Their debut mini album produced by Guy Fletcher, Megan & The Common Threads are a London based six-piece fronted by Kildare's Megan O'Neil and featuring fiddler Mairead Furlong, guitarists and co-writers Dan Clark and Tim Smith the bassist Kesh Kanabar and drummer Alessandro Tibaldi providing the rhythm section.
O'Neill's been dubbed an Irish Carrie Underwood, but, other than occasional hints of her accent and Furlong's fiddle tones on 'Walls', a sort of ghost of the past in our house drama, you won't find many Gaelic threads to their fabric, her year spent in Nashville (which led to a track being featured in the TV show of the same name) a clear influence on the band's Americana sound.
It's all either up or mid-tempo material, kicking off the perky, organ-backed, fiddle driven 'London City Ghosts', where you might detect a touch of The Corrs to the catchy chorus, following on with the country radio friendly 'Blessing Or A Curse' that sees Fletcher on pedal steel.
Starting quietly and gradually building on its steady drum beat and swirling fiddle, 'Devil and the Deep' is the folksiest number, another contribution to the growing catalogue of songs fuelled by the refugee crisis, before winding up with the wistfully reflective feel-like-a-stranger-in-the-town-I-once-knew title track and crowd-swayer closing ballad 'Awake Into The Light'. There's nothing here that's going to see them emulate the recent success of fellow UK country acts The Shires (with whom they recently toured) or Ward Thomas, but it's a solid calling card.
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