Category Archives: single review

150. SHARON LAZIBYRD’s new single “Opium Of The Masses” (2017). A pre-release review.

(Image: Sharon Martin)

(Image: Sharon Martin)

Sharon Lazibyrd‘s forthcoming single – to be released on 24th March – is ‘Opium Of The Masses‘. It is the follow up to ‘What Time Is Later’ (See my review #137); and she kindly sent me a pre-release download for review.

I like it. It is one of those compelling songs that stays with you after just one play – pleasantly infectious and lyrically thought-provoking. It is deceptively chirpy and radio friendly; yet written on the deeper theme of ‘wants, needs and delusions’.

Sharon’s distinctive vocals and fine ukulele playing are beautifully enhanced on the recording by the addition of some other fine musicians: Kate and Damon Bridge (from Owl In The Sun), who both featured on the earlier single; and by Tom Corey (of Bare Knuckle Parade).

Listen to the single on Soundcloud

Sharon is currently recording her new solo album Half Shame And Half Glory, so that will be interesting to hear. PTMQ

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138. RUBY AND THE REVELATORS’ new single “Walk With me”

ruby-tiger-walk-with-meI always look forward to hearing what Sussex-based Blues singer Ruby Tiger has been up to with her band The Revelators. Their new single (released just before Christmas as a digital download only), is a wonderfully moody cover of King Rollo’s heartfelt ‘Walk With Me’. I mentioned Rollo’s original version when I reviewed his album Easy Street a  couple of years ago (see my review #52).

Rollo is of course a close friend of Ruby’s and was once a member of The Revelators himself. His original was a very good song which I liked a lot; but what Ruby and her band have done is elevate it to an entirely different level. Ruby’s soulful vocal on the number is superb – she really feels the song and gives it a generally emotive ambiance.  Musicianship from all the members of the band is wonderful – but especially the remarkable lead guitar from Louise (a little Blackmore / Greeny I thought on first hearing it).

I believe the band are currently working on a new album; and that is something I’m looking forward to hearing, I must say. All profits from the single will go to the charity Hand In Hand For Syria – a worthy cause. It is available from Bandcamp for only £1. A big thumbs up from The Quill. PTMQ.

137. SHARON LAZIBYRD’s new single “What Time Is Later?”

(Photo: Sharon Martin)

(Photo: Sharon Martin)

Recently I was contacted by singer / song-writer Sharon Lazybird. She is of course, one half of the duet Lazibyrd (along with Tom Chapman). She asked if I’d be interested in reviewing her single ‘What Time Is Later?’. Its a good song; so here it is….

It is a song that ponders the meaning of time, and was inspired by Sharon’s daughter who apparently posed the question at Purbeck Folk Festival recently. In Sharon’s words (From Bandcamp): “This question as well as being a great line was thought-provoking and the rest of the song seemed to flow quite naturally from that starting point: what does ‘later’ really mean?”

Sharon sings beautifully and plays a fine sounding tenor ukelele on the song; and she is ably assisted by Damon Bridge (Piano / accordion); and Kate Bridge (Violin / backing vocals) – both members of Folk band Owl In The Sun. It is a lovely song with a pensive feel to it, and quite haunting. Beautifully arranged and excellently performed. Sharon says that she has other new material in the pipeline for release this year too. PTMQ

Here is the video of ‘What Time Is Later?’

To download the song, here is a link to Bandcamp