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Holding Back

by Linda Coogan

Genre: Folk: Folk Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Holiday Blues
4:04 $0.99
2. Where I Belong
4:25 $0.99
3. Black Eyes
4:04 $0.99
4. It's Not Me It's You
4:52 $0.99
5. Last December
4:01 $0.99
6. Sient Night
5:15 $0.99
7. Tumblin Down
4:37 $0.99
8. Hey Baby
4:10 $0.99
9. Rebel Fear
3:40 $0.99
10. Drunken Beauty
2:42 $0.99
11. The Way Home
5:23 $0.99
12. Death of a Lover
5:21 $0.99
13. For the Missing Ones (bonus Track)
2:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
Linda Coogan¦ Byrne

Trained in the Construction of Stringed and Renaissance Musical Instruments. This multi-instrumentalist, decided to go into studio and record some songs with some good friends and the outcome was a very organic sounding LP.

Having trained in a workshop for over 3 years on and off, Coogan learnt the inner psychology of most stringed musical instruments, gaining a deep understanding and appreciation of both the instruments and music as a whole. Assembling instruments like harps, guitars, mandolins, bass, bouzouki’s, hurdy gurdy’s, cello’s and violin’s.

After touring with a traditional band around Europe and recording her album, Linda decided to go more into the business side of the spectrum and began studying Marketing and PR. She formed Good Seed PR & Marketing in 2008 and that is now her full time occupation. Although you may see her with a bodhran in hand or an odd stringed instrument in the quiet hours of the night..... for more info on Good Seed PR please see below.

Good Seed PR & Marketing
Linda Coogan Byrne
M: +353 (0)851659065
Email Linda = linda@goodseedpr.com
W: www.goodseedpr.com
MS: www.myspace.com/goodseedrecords



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Evan Pattersn

The most organic sound around
Linda Coogan has come to the forefront on my musical enlighenment of late. I discovered Linda playing in London and from that moment I had to get her CD. Not only can this talented singer/songwriter capture the live audience but listening to her album "holding back" im engaged in her sultry, smooth, sexy vocals and her organically grown sound. Once you let Linda's music enter your mind, you become addicted. It is hard to pick my favourite tracks on the album, as every single one of them has a place on the album, if one of the tracked were left out, I think the album would not have the same impact. However to date my favourite tracks would have to be "Holiday Blues", "Where I Belong", "It's not me it's you", "Last December", "Hey Baby", "Rebel Fear", "Drunken Beauty", "The Way Home" and to finish this masterpiece off "For the missing ones".
I do hope I will get to expereince more from Linda Coogan and Im in no doubt this artist will prosper.
Definitely one to be check out.......amazing talent.

Mike Parker

There is a smoldering intensity to Coogan’s writing, understated accompaniments,
Written by Mike Parker
Friday, 08 December 2006
Holding Back

by Linda Coogan


What an oddly titled album, because Holding Back doesn’t seem to be in the vocabulary of Irish folk-rocker, Linda Coogan. Not that this is some no-holds-barred, knock down-drag out barnburner of an album. Instead, there is a smoldering intensity to Coogan’s writing, understated accompaniments, and oh, so smooth and sultry vocals that speaks of hard won wisdom, and prim passion contained in a pasteboard box.

Holding Back is a thirteen-song exegesis of the vagaries of love, sung with a sad smile and an inexplicable optimism. “Holiday Blues,” the album’s opener is an excellent example of the loved and lost, ‘been-there-done-that; probably gonna do it again’ theme that permeates this project. “We left it on, ‘let’s not fight.’/ Then he told me he loved me./ And I said, ‘I ain’t free.’/ I said, ‘honey, there’s more fish in the sea,’” Coogan croons. That theme is repeated in “Black Eyes,” “It’s Not Me, It’s You,” “Last December,” and “Rebel Fear.” There is a yearning for love that goes deeper than the physical, but the reality never seems to match the fantasy.

This is not a hopeless, downer of an album, however. There are sparks of exhilaration and joy, such as on the groove-laden, “Hey Baby,” accentuated by Coogan’s breathy, siren call vocals. “Hey, baby…Truly, madly, deeply/ You really shook me.” This one is slow dance heaven. An added treat is the instrumental closing number, “For The Missing Ones,” which sounds like it could have just as easily originated in Appalachia as Ireland.

Coogan’s vocals fall somewhere between the grit and gravel of Ashley Cleveland and the gentle, passionate country-folk of Emmylou Harris. Fans of Bonnie Raitt or Annie Lennox will also get into Linda Coogan.


Friday, 08 December 2006

Ian Sadler

Absolutely magical - a real gem of a discovery
I first heard Linda on a podcast - and was hooked - playing her track over and over again - then the album arrived - it's not been out of the CD player. People always look for comparisons but it's hard to give on - which is nice - maybe a cross between Sara McLachlan and Rickie Lee Jones. Lots of influences in the music. Initially I treated it as if it were music for reflection - but it works too with the volume cranked up.

More please....

Stephen Egan

quite possibly the perfect musical package.
Not only can Linda Coogan play multiple instruments, as a qualified luthier she can also make them. Add to that her ability to sing and write songs and you have the ingredients for quite possibly the perfect musical package. This would be quite an achievement for most people in a life-time but when the person in question is still in their mid-twenties it is especially impressive. March 2007 will see the release of Coogan‘s debut album and we received a sneak preview of the CD for review...

"Holding Back" is a twelve track CD and is largely rooted in the folk tradition although it goes bar-room blues for a few songs toward the end. The songs are well arranged and the instrumentation flawless throughout. Coogan seems most at ease when the folk elements are at their strongest. "Where I Belong" is the best example of this, with bouzouki, guitar and subtle but effective percussion creating a perfect backdrop for her love-laden, world weary lyrics and sensuous voice. The music takes a turn on track eight where a snappier beat signals a different musical direction. Lead guitar is more prominent and even gets some overdrive and chorus on the final track "Death Of A lover". A bonus instrumental track sees a return to the folk formula and finishes off the album.

Coogan plays up her smokey vocals throughout the album, although at times it‘s overdone and the songs tend to sound like an all night bed-time conversation, or maybe that‘s the point... Some variation in singing dynamics would benefit the album and keep the neutral listener interested. While there are no stand-out tracks, this is a highly professional debut from a very talented and determined musician.

Keep track of album release dates and gigs on www.lindacoogan.com or myspace.com/lindacoogan.

Roddie Cleere

Singers twice her age would be envious
Singers twice her age would be envious of the smouldering, very sexy voice that Linda possesses. If the right ears get to hear what she has to offer, then who knows what heights she could achieve. Do your ears and senses a favour, check out "Holding Back"


beguiling style and classy songs.
Meath singer songwriter Linda Coogan has the edge. On the plaintive 'Holiday blues' she brings echoes of Tanya Tikaram and Tracy Chapman, and adds her own sultry tones to a song about holiday romance. 'where I belong' ups the tempo, her voice taking on a sensual whispery tone that will appeal to your repeat button. 'Black Eyes' moves into a folk-rock territory, with that breathy voice again delivering tons of passion and sensuality. Coogan will find it hard out there in a world where making records is as commonplace, and often as mundane, as riding a bicycle, but she has a head start with her beguiling style and classy songs."

Jackie Hayden- Linda Coogan pick of the fortnight Hotpress magazine.
October 5th 2006

Sarah Barron

Linda's music soothes the soul.
I recently purchased Holding Back from Road records here in Ireland, and wow, what a buy, its amazing, al the songs just really connected to me and they have proven hard to shake off, which is definately a good thing. really beautiful person and talent, Im off to see her live now and get the very best from this very talented lady, not to mention the band!! and her myspace page is so cool.

thanks for the music.