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Emily Maguire - Keep Walking

Keep Walking

Emily Maguire

Available from Emily Maguire's web site.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mike Jurkovic

"And there's kids to be raised / and soldiers to slay / Preachers to pray / And TV to take it all away".

With lyrics like that, Maguire instantly becomes an artist to listen for. And one can easily hear why she's getting the buzz throughout the UK and her adoptive Australian wilds. No sir, this isn't college girl journal entries. This isn't your standard singer/songwriter stuff that the world sucks and woe, woe, woe. Maguire thinks these thing out, and though she may not offer solutions (c'mon, she's human after-all) she does offer camaraderie, that we're in it together and together we'll make a difference.

Besides her lyrics, what I appreciate most about Maguire is that you can't pin her influences down. You'll hear a lot of contemporary and the greats of the past in her music, but it's never derivative. "Cos your life is a loan you can't pay/ You're providing for kids you can't save" she offers on the effortlessly melodic All That You Wanted. From the uplifting title track we have this everyday, though poetic observation: "And there'll be better days and wetter days / Red-letter days, you pray there's nothing wrong".

Bassist Christian Dunham and drummer Shane Nesic provide Maguire a spacious and rhythmic palette for her invigorating vocals, full guitar, and one woman string ensemble. A classically trained cellist and pianist, Maguire understands how music moves the listener, and never fails to do so.

Also available on Shaktu Records is her well received debut Stranger Places.

Track List:

  • Something
  • Keep Walking
  • Passing By
  • Lately
  • Standing
  • TV To Take It Away
  • All That You Wanted
  • Back Home
  • One Good Thing
  • Wanted
  • Someday
  • She Knows
Produced by Christian Dunham & Emily Maguire.

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2007, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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