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by No Fixed Abode

folk rock with a great irish female voice. try Joni Mitchell meeting Bruce Springsteen and having a jam after a bottle or two of wine.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. What Did I Do
3:33 $0.99
2. Kebab Crazed Nutter
3:54 $0.99
3. Modern Life
4:10 $0.99
4. The Salty Sea Dog
3:30 $0.99
5. Absent Friends
4:50 $0.99
6. Call Me
4:07 $0.99
7. Sunne Days
3:34 $0.99
8. Will You Come Dance With Me
3:51 $0.99
9. School Days
4:01 $0.99
10. Going Home
4:58 $0.99
11. The Time Has Come
3:30 $0.99
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Album Notes
No Fixed Abode are fronted by Una Walsh singing in her own lilting Irish accent and Tony Dean supporting on acoustic guitar. Based in Derbyshire No Fixed Abode have traveled all across the UK over the last three years building up a solid reputation performing at festivals and acoustic clubs.
Their new album Clearwater, due for release 10th April 2007 is an eclectic mix of songs ranging from the pure voice/guitar arrangement of Call Me to a full folk rock sound of School Days with emotional stops all along the way. US radio stations have already spotted the potential of the album and are regularly featuring songs from the album on their play lists.
The album features a number of local musicians including Ashley Hutchins of Fairport Convention fame on bass and the violin virtuoso Patrick Walker from Sheffield. To define a musical style for No Fixed Abode is as difficult as getting a politician to give a straight answer to a question, try Joni Mitchell meeting Bruce Springsteen and having a jam after a bottle or two of wine. If you like your music to have a melody with lyrics you can hear and sung in tune then perhaps this is the best definition you are going to get.
The name No Fixed Abode stems from the fact that Una comes from Ireland and Tony comes from Manchester and they live in Derbyshire, it also reflects their musical style, eclectic.
In this current climate of safe jaded music take the time to give No Fixed Abode a listen and refresh your belief in real music.

“Una’s voice soars mixing tender emotions and raw power into a heady mixture, the interplay between Una and Tony is absolutely charming”

John O’Regan Irish Music Magazine



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keith coxon (Derby)

Absolutely delightful cd. Every song is so different from the one before that you can play the whole album over again and it comes up fresh every time. My favourite is 'Call Me'. But Una,
beware of singing too much in the back of your throat; you risk sounding like Bethan Court of Harbour Lights.

phil garner

an unusual style but very very talented!as said before,great voice,instrumentals blended together well.great to hear lyrics you can understand sung with emotional forcefullness.
keep it going no fixed abode,you have a great future ahead of you!phil.

Timothy J. Dowling Artist’s International Independent Radio Los

Band: No Fixed Abode
When you are a Radio DJ, you could be having lunch sitting atop a telephone pole
and it’s guaranteed that somebody will climb that pole and shove their CD in your
hand. They will then commence to spout some well-rehearsed chatter about how their
album is a cut above the rest and the world will stop if only you’d play it.
And you know something, that’s okay. It’s our job to listen, evaluate, and play the
music if it qualifies within that allusive, nondescript criteria we refer to
as “Taste.” Naturally I refer to independent radio stations where airplay of a song is
based on merit and not some payola or marketing commandment.
But the sad truth is in the current scene, most of the music reflects artists
simply trying to clone themselves in the image of other successful bands. And this
redundancy spans all genres.
So, it is with pure elation that I write this review of No Fixed Abode’s latest
CD, “Clearwater.” From the first few notes of “What Did I Do” they had me. The song
launches into a rolling rhythm that has enough hooks at the start to catch a Great
White, followed by Una Walsh’s Angelic vocal that insists you listen on. I was
instantly convinced that these folks were seasoned professionals and yes, a cut above.
The second song on the CD, “Kabob Crazed Nutter” slapped me back. I struggle for
the words here. This is the song that caused me to throw out any preconceived ideas I
was forming to fit what this band was all about. Here is a tune that I can only
describe as Celtic Gypsy. Actually, it fully breaks out of any definitions of any
genre. It takes you to a place only your imagination can go. Have a listen, you’ll see
what I mean.
The fourth tune, “The Salty Sea Dog” Was a flowing, rolling tune that started to
reel the band back in to more traditional Celtic folk but somehow finds a new
refreshing way to summon the Celtic Soul. While listening I thought this would have
been a song John Denver would have sold his soul to record.
When the tune “Sunne Days” came up, I was already primed to expect the unexpected.
But I wasn’t quite prepared for such a radical and delightful switch. “Sunne Days”
just flat out gives No Fixed Abode an international appeal with the back street speak-
easy, ambience it creates. It certifies that this band has range. This song, much like
the earlier tune, “Modern Life” sent me right to a smoky pub in the New Orleans’,
French Quarter, sipping on something in a Julep glass and watching a sultry beauty
belt out her tune while a single spotlight followed her every move…or maybe it was in
And so it is with the entire album. No Fixed Abode are story tellers, bards in the
truest sense. They paint images with music as deftly as Leonardo did with pigment and
with equal innovation.
“Clearwater” literally possesses something for everyone. With only Tony Dean’s
perfectly stated guitar work and Una Walsh’s stunning vocals it would be enough to be
called a masterpiece… but there is so much more.
Comparing No Fixed Abode to other groups in an effort to give you a sense of what they
do would be an injustice. They stand alone at the center of a musical desert of
indifference. This CD begs to be in every collection. I give it 10 whole notes.

al duncan

No Fixed Abode
I stumbled on this band through mySpace and listened to a couple of tracks there and just had to buy the CD. It was well worth it. Una has a superb voice and tony plays a mean accoustic. \'What did I Do\' is a wonderful opening track and leaves you wanting more. The rest of the album doesn\'t disapoint, from the superb \' salty sea dog\' and the haunting trumpet on \'Modern Life\' to the jaunty \'Sunne days\', this is a wonderful CD, certainly worth 5 stars in my book!

Steve C. Wilson

No Fixed Abode
Una's beautiful voice winds through an absolutely delightful sensation of wandering hillocks and valleys without a care in the world. I am so glad I chanced upon the album “Clearwater” while listening to an on-line radio station. Will definitely buy other albums as they become available.