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by The Carty Sisters

Debut, all original EP of 4 songs & 3 tunes from this young Irish group, although their musical roots are based in the traditional genre their passion for musical expression sees them explore many avenues and as a result their sound crosses many genres
Genre: World: Celtic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Cogar
2:37 $0.99
2. Trouble
3:29 $0.99
3. Coz Me Ma's Naggin' Me
1:55 $0.99
4. Fortune Favours the Bold
3:00 $0.99
5. Home
4:56 $0.99
6. Herocious
1:29 $0.99
7. Straight to the Top
2:14 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
The title track opens the EP and is an instrumental track from the pen of Naoise Carty (vocals, concertina and fiddle).
It’s a tune that displays a more broad Celtic influence than strictly traditional Irish and that makes it extremely interesting.
It invokes an image of classic Horslips while its overall vibe is that of a slow lament.
‘Trouble’ is the second track and comes from the pen of Saoirse Carty (vocals and guitar).
Is displays a maturity of song-writing far exceeding the age of the writer and is a fantastic jazzy, blues-tinged track which draws the listener in.
In many ways it’s the songs that really make the band stand out from its contemporaries.
‘Trouble’ is the type of track that Elkie Brooks could have recorded in her heyday.
This really is stellar song-writing and if this is what’s served up on a debut release what the group will come up with a few years down the line one can only begin to imagine.
The subtle use of double-tracking the melody line on the chorus adds to the appeal of the song and the finger-picked staccato nature of the guitar accompaniment is exemplary and sets the tone perfectly for the impassioned vocals.
With a band whose members are immersed in trad there was sure to be a stomping instrumental or two on board and ‘Coz Me Ma’s Naggin’ Me’ fits that category perfectly.
Again, the vibe is in the Horslips vein and to be fair the playing and musical ability of the Carty Sisters is of that calibre.
Another tune from Naoise Carty, the track showcases the musical dexterity of the sisters to perfection.
The flute playing of Ciara Carty is fantastic to hear on this particular track; she also contributes bodhran, tin whistle and cajon throughout the CD – not bad for a 12 year-old!
I love the instrumentals on the CD, however, my first love has always been song-writing and in that regard the vocal tracks on ‘Cogar’ are just astounding.
There really is no other way to describe them.
‘Fortune Favours the Bold’ is without doubt one of the best songs to ever come from the pen of a Wexford song-smith.
It possesses everything; there are subtle influences of folk, trad, country, blues and even a little Eastern twist that just makes the track stand out.
This song has a chorus that grabs you completely without any intention of letting go.
Saoirse Carty possesses a lovely earthy quality to her voice which, while distinctly ‘Irish’, also gives the songs an international feel.
‘Home’ takes the tone of the EP down a notch and displays another facet to Saoirse’s song-writing ability.
There is a sincerity to the vocals that most of today’s mainstream pop stars could only dream of possessing.
A slowish ballad ‘Home’ is the type of track that could be on the soundtrack of a major film.
‘Herocious’ is another tune from the pen of Ciara Carty and has enough world music influence to make it appeal to music fans from outside the trad genre.
‘Straight to the Top’, brings the EP to a close in wonderful fashion.
It’s a funk-fuelled, bluesy, jazz influenced track that has a chorus to die for and a melody that is wonderfully commercial.
When you hear ‘Cogar’ you will be forgiven for thinking this is a band whose members have been plying their trade for at least a decade or so.
That’s not the case; with an average age of 15 the band’s talent is truly incredible.
Make no doubt about it the Carty Sisters are stars of the future and in their own words, ‘Fortune Favours the Bold’!
(Brendan Keane, New Ross Echo)

“It’s always nice to work with gifted musicians but these girls are gifted and have a zest for the music.
In short, They Rock!”
(Rónán Ó Snódaigh , KÍLA)



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