Farrell Spence | A Town Called Hell

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A Town Called Hell

by Farrell Spence

Farrell's first album, "A Town Called Hell", is a collection of rail yard ballads and lullabies for the lost and lonely, delivered with ghostly, heart-wrenching beauty.
Genre: Folk: Urban Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A Town Called Hell
5:00 $0.99
2. Those Were The Days
3:56 $0.99
3. I Drink
4:21 $0.99
4. Boys Like You and Girls Like Me
6:59 $0.99
5. Tell It To Someone Else
5:43 $0.99
6. A Murder of Crows
4:22 $0.99
7. Killing Time
4:48 $0.99
8. Losing You Again
4:58 $0.99
9. High Fever Blues
6:42 $0.99
10. Here's To You and Me
5:52 $0.99
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Album Notes
Farrell Spence is a Canadian singer and songwriter.

Her debut album, A Town Called Hell, was released in 2007. The album is a collection of Americana/Folk ballads and lullabies delivered with ghostly, heart-wrenching beauty. Farrell's smoky, mournful vocalizations and guitar work continue a long-standing tradition of soulful Canadian balladry and guitar stylings inspired by The Cowboy Junkies and Neil Young. Her lyrics are poetic and honest, woven into songs which hit like a blast of deja-vu creating a haunting sensation that lingers in the listener long after the final chords have been struck.

Each track on A Town Called Hell is autobiographical, summoning the eccentric and tragic characters from Farrell's own past -- plunging into a sticky web of loves lost and found, this is a soundscape of secrets, triumphs and tragedies that is sure to hit hard for anyone who has ever been in love. These 10 songs are a gallery of tragic portraits: entwined lovers, aching hearts, hopeless drunks and hopeful n'er-do-wells... all sung from the perspective of a woman unafraid of days past.

Amidst a world of over-produced and heavily layered albums, Farrell Spence's debut album is an undeniable standout -- confident and emotional, shadowed but hopeful. Each lyric sung and every key struck is worth its weight in whiskey.

Notable tracks on the album are "Losing You Again", a track Farrell co-wrote with her mother, "Here's To You and Me", a poignant duet with Rob Bracken of Vancouver's Brickhouse, and a striking interpretation of 2005 Americana Award Winner Mary Gauthier's "I Drink".

Farrell performs live regularly in her hometown of Vancouver and in Ireland, where she currently resides. In 2008 she also joined Trish Klein and Frazey Ford of The Be Good Tanyas and Simon Kendall of Doug and The Slugs for a live gospel show to benefit the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

Two of Farrell's songs, written previous to A Town Called Hell, have been placed on "THE CHRIS ISAAK SHOW" and she can be heard on regular airplay on CBC Radio in Canada, RTE in Ireland, BBC in the UK and a myriad of college and independent radio stations in the USA and Canada.

Farrell Spence's CDs are distributed by CD Baby in the USA. Her CDs can also be purchased on iTunes.

In the UK and EUROPE, publicity inquiries directed to:

G Promo PR
UK/European Press & Radio
Contact: Geraint Jones / Deb Jones
Phone: + 44 (0) 1691 622356
Mobile: + 44 (0) 7855 724798



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David K.

The best CD to make love to
Down tempo: Yes. Moody: Yes. Broody: Yes. But by far the best CD I have pulled out that my girlfriend and I can get in on to. This is one sexy CD. Get a bottle of wine and put it on. Sade can kiss her own arse after this one comes on.


a town called hell
I fell in love with this CD. Farrell is amazing, I'm on the moon when I listen to her songs. Her voice warms my heart


a town called hell
excellent disc. i also found out about Farrell on Myspace, and have talked to her a few times. i finally ordered her album, and have no regrets once so ever. it's full of extremely well written material, and a lovely voice. if only our music scene would change back to talented artists like Farrell. if you're thinking of ordering, definitely go for it. it's well worth it.

Marc D'Angelo

A delicate masterpiece that grips your heart. Brilliant guitar and vocals.
I recently purchased this CD from a distributor in Canada, who shall remain unnamed. I am in the US but had no inkling that she was on CD Baby until I googled her this week. I have been watching Farrell Spence's work for a few years and was charmed to the hilt once I heard the finished product after I purchased her CD.

Her music, to me, is an unabashed offering of personal experiences -- from love to loss and the grief and celebration involved in this ‘all-too-human’ process. I'd love to sit across a beer-stained table with her some day and hear all the stories of where all these songs came from. Who were these men (this man?) and how is she now, having spelled it all out on plastic?

I have played this CD to many a captured soul who also agree that she has, undoubtedly, been to ‘A Town Called Hell’ and back. This CD is a testament to tragedy and triumph in life, and most importantly, a testament to love.

I encourage all to buy this CD. Crack a beer on the couch and listen to this CD front to back. I hope she comes to Chicago someday soon. I'd happily buy her a Jack n' Coke or a faux-fur coat for that matter.


Jason R

I discovered Farrell on Myspace and am glad I did. To be honest, this type of music is not normally my cup of tea, but I absolutely love this album. Farrell has an amazing voice and great things are in the cards for her in the future.

Bill McNamara

A Town Called Hell
As one of the hosts of Thundering Word I get to see a lot of local performers. I can honestly say that Farrell Spence and her band the Widowmakers are about my all time favorites.
Her CD, "A Town Called Hell" is one of my most prized possesions. If my house evver caught on fire it's the first thing I would save. (After my cutie of a wife, of course..)
I bought it early last March and it remained in my player until late May. I played it every day! That has never happened before, not to me.
Some music can set off an entire movie in your head and hers did that in spades. I saw myself driving thru' a depression era dust bowl. Dry, hot, reeking of melancholy and romance. I saw myself come upon a farm that looked deserted as I bounced along in a '31 Ford 3 window. I pulled in to check it out and saw a few signs... subtle signs that there was life here. A small flower box with local weeds with tiny blue flowers, obviously arranged by a woman... Curtains behind the cracked glass windows, again, tastefully done by the sure hand of an intelligent, resourceful female. As I came to the barn a young lady stepped out into view and it was obvious at first glance that this was a dangerous woman. Not in an aggressive way, but in a way that you knew immediately she was a heart-breaker. It would be easy as hell to fall in love with her, but the look in her eyes, like a woman who has travelled to the edge of the world and seen over the edge... stared into the abyss and returned filled with a knowledge that no man could ever grasp... This was a woman you could give your heart and soul and life to without reserve, but no matter who you were or how devotedly you tried, you'd never be enough or remain interesting enough to keep her. You knew she'd be the greatest love and the greatest loss of your life and losing her would kill you.
Maybe that's why it's not unusual to find yourself sobbing inexplicably while listening to the haunting sound of Miss Spence's voice or the sad and distant music of her guitar. There is something far deeper and soulful in her sound than simple ballads and lullabies.
This is art that does what art is meant to do.
Bill McNamara, Host, Thundering Word, Vancouver


A diamond
This woman's music has moved me to no end since I discovered her this summer. I had the pleasure of exchanging a few emails with her via her My Space recently.

She's put forth an album worth coveting and keeping to ones self but also an album I am tempted to share with someone dear, with caution, all the same. I haven't come across something this heartfelt or romantic in years.

I am honoured to have seen her play live, meet her in person and buy one of her CDs post-show. She's an absolute diamond. She's very talkative and involved with her audience too. Such a funny girl for someone who writes such sad songs, but I guess that's to be expected.


Andrew Akerman

A really good CD loved every song.