Music Matters - with John Murray

John Murray
John Murray

Declan Sinnott has been on the Irish music scene for over 40 years yet only this week releases his debut solo album. He founded Horslips and Moving Hearts and his production credits include Christy Moore and Mary Black but now at 61 has his own album I Love The Noise It Makes (Warner). Sounding at least 20 years younger he writes like Gerry Rafferty at his peak with such honesty (I See The World From Here) and compassion (Me And My Dark Companion). Corrina Corrina is handled with care using just voice and acoustic and this old folk standard never sounded better while Circle Round The Sun brings out the writer and his closing statement being an instrumental called Orbit has a chill element of electronics and electric guitar and should have been twice as long or maybe an album like this next time please.

Dave Stewart on the other hand is a veteran of many albums either solo, soundtrack or Eurythmics and any new release is met with great anticipation. The Ringmaster General (Membran), released this week was recorded in Nashville with the finest of sessioners yet its not a full on Country album. Yes, when Alison Krauss duets on Drowning In the Blues or Diane Birch joins him for Just Another Fall you would sense a Nashville Country theme but Girl In A Catsuit blows that away with full on blues guitar from Orianthi with some blistering fuzz guitar. You Took My Love is a slower blues number and God Only Knows You Now has a similar reflective pace and is a duet co-written with Jessie Baylin. Attracting airplay however is the Joss Stone duet I Got Love a rousing rocker which compliments Story Of Success but contrasting with the psychedelic styling of the title track.

Congrats to Katie Melua who married her fiancé at the weekend just ahead of her October UK tour. Her new single The Walls Of The World is released next week and is the third from her top ten album Secret Symphony. Former superbike champion James Toseland is now her husband of one week.