Monday, 15 April 2013

EP Review: Miriam Donohue - Bookmarks

Bookmarks is the impressive, beautiful and charming six track EP from Galway singer-songwriter Miriam Donohue. The CD format comes highly recommended with it's original lino printed artwork. 



Miriam Donohue's ability to write quirky, catchy folk tunes is evident big time on her debut EP entitled 'Bookmarks'. The EP is just Miriam on guitar and vocals accompanied by Mike Chang on viola and mandolin and Paulie Smalls on bass. There's five studio tracks with a live recording of the song Beautiful to finish off the album. The songs are blissful, charming compositions with fine lyrics throughout.

The title track for me is the real star and favourite on the EP for it's lyrics and charm. The song is beautifully sung with a charming chorus and the viola adding depth to the song.




The EP begins with 'Street Car' with meaningful lyrics that for me equates the journey of life with the journey in a street car. 'Feathers and Stones' is a mature and deep track that encompasses you on every listen. The live version of 'Beautiful' is a lovely little love song while my other favourite track is the chirpy little tune 'Waiting'.


I've really enjoyed listening to 'Bookmarks'. It represent's an artist who's at the beginning of a very long career. If the huge success of Laura Marling and the current love for Lucy Rose proves anything it's that there's a market for the music of Miriam Donohue and I wish her every success for 'Bookmarks' and beyond.

Miriam Donohue - Bookmarks [10 out of 12]



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