Review by Bobby Green
One of the perks of writing for musician.ie is that I often come across music I would never normally come across. I’m not going to sit here and lie about how long I’ve been into certain bands or singers and I hope my honesty comes across in my reviews. For instance, Friday evening after ‘one of those’ weeks I came home and sat by my back door to write about an artist I’d not heard before by the name of Siomha and her latest track “July Red Sky”. I poured myself a glass of wine, put on my headphones and clicked on the link for the video.
For the next 4 and a half minuets I was at one with the world and all my surroundings. As the beautiful video played away I had the breeze of the open doors gently caress my brow while my own July Red Sky provided the backdrop as I fell in love with the music that was absolutely perfect for that moment in time. Perhaps it was the wine, or the fluke of having a perfect sunset while the video for “July Red Sky” showed Siomha and the band playing live in the Burren to their own perfect July Red Sky that made me fall head over heels for this track. So I closed the laptop to see how the music would stand up in the morning.
So the next day as I sat down to write this review, I pressed play on the link again and once more I was taken somewhere beautiful. This jazzy soulful infusion played live on the edge of the unmistakable limestone slabbed landscape of The Burren, in her native Co. Clare along the Wild Atlantic Way is a stunning way to show a live performance. The video highlights the rocky grey of The Burren and is offset by the stunning backdrop of the sun rising across the sky in a blaze of red. All the while Siomha’s vocal strides across this beautiful landscape, owning it, her voice belongs there.
“July Red Sky” is the second in a series of live videos by this emerging new Irish talent. ‘FLY!’, filmed and recorded live in a beautiful converted cottage in Feakle in East Clare, was released earlier this year and racked up 25,000 views in the first few days of its release.
If you’re looking to be transported somewhere beautiful this July then click on the link below.